Crushed Episode 1: The Feel-Good Story

The Confessional with Nadia Bolz-Weber

May 12 2021 • 39 mins

In 1998, fans across the country fell in love with the home run race as Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa chased baseball immortality. Sportswriter Joan Niesen recounts her memories of that summer, examines the history and mythology of the home run and asks why people across the country wanted to believe they were watching heroes.

Crushed is a production of Religion of Sports and PRX. Listen to the full season now at

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