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No Regrets: McGwire Home Run Ball Fetcher Happy

Tim Forneris was a groundskeeper when Mark McGwire broke the single-season home run record in 1998. He’s still a groundskeeper.

Not much has changed for Tim Forneris. By day he’s a public defender. By night, he’s part of the St. Louis Cardinals’ grounds crew. He was doing his nightly duties when Mark McGwire’s 62nd home run ball stopped in the bullpen beyond left field during the now infamous chase of 1998. Forneris picked it up.

Given the homer hysteria that surrounded McGwire and Sammy Sosa, he could have walked out of the stadium and sold the ball for a nice price. Instead, Forneris gave it back to McGwire.

Even knowing what we all suspect hasn’t changed his mind. He says he’d do it again.


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