Sammy Sosa’s summeris heating up…
The 51-year-old Dominican former professional baseball right fielder will be the focus of a special documentary to air on ESPN.
Sosa, who played in the Major League Baseballfor 19 seasons, primarily with the Chicago Cubs, is part of the focus of AJ Schnack’s, Long Gone Summer, an official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival.
It chronicles Mark McGwire and Sosa’s storied 1998 home run chase. For the first time, both men discuss that summer at length, including its undeniable complications.
The 1998MLB home run chase was between McGwire, a first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Seattle Mariners’ Ken Griffey Jr., and Sosa, a right fielder for the Cubs. It resulted in McGwire and Sosa breaking Roger Maris‘ long-standing and highly coveted record of 61 home runs.
McGwire broke Maris’s record on September 8 against the Cubs and finished with 70 home runs. Sosa finished with 66.
The documentary will air on Sunday, June 14 at 9:00 pm ET.
The film will be made available on ESPN+immediately after its premiere, along with the rest of the 30 for 30 library.