Today in Sports History: October 2

In 2001, Cubs right fielder Sammy Sosa became the first player in MLB history to total 60 home runs in three seasons. Playing against the Cincinnati Reds, Sosa hit the milestone home run off of Reds starter Lance Davis in the bottom of the first inning. One of the most powerful hitters in MLB history, Sosa is one of nine players to hit over 600 career home runs. Sosa’s tally of 609 home runs ranks him no. 9 on the MLB career home run leaders list.

In only his 1,354 game, Sosa hit his 400th home run, making him the fastest player to have reached the milestone. In his 19 year MLB career, Sosa is most remembered for his time spent with the Chicago Cubs (1992-2004). Between 1995-2004, Sosa clubbed 479 home runs which is the most by a player over a 10 year span. Sosa’s 1998 AL MVP season was also spent playing with the Cubs. Sosa’s other accolades include 2x NL home run leader, 2x NL RBI leader, 6x Silver Slugger Award, and 7x All-Star.

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