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Maris Family Keeping An Eye On Howard

Mark McGwire with Richard Maris

If Ryan Howard passes the 61 homerun mark of Roger Maris, there are some who may consider him the true holder of the season homerun record. Many don't believe the "steroid era" records of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa should be recognized. So, how does Maris' family feel about Ryan Howard.

Growing up in Fargo, North Dakota, Chris Coste would watch his hometown receive national attention whenever a slugger approached Roger Maris' record of 61 homers in a season. Maris, a Fargo native, held the mark until Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa surpassed it in 1998. But the suspicion that McGwire and Sosa used steroids has clouded their feats. If Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard exceeds 6...

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