10 Historic McGwire & Sosa Home Run Baseballs, Including #70 to Visit The Portland Beavers, April 30 To May 3

Part of PGE Park Grand Opening Festivities



Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from The McFarlane Collection

    TEMPE, Ariz., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- This year's baseball buzz is all
 about the strike ... zone that is.  But in summer 1998, home runs captivated
 the sports world, when Mark McGwire's 70 homers shattered Roger Maris'
 37-year-old home run record, with Sammy Sosa not far behind.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000510/LAW059 )
     Fans attending the Portland Beavers vs. Fresno Grizzlies series April 30
 through May 3, the inaugural series at PGE Stadium, can relive the summer of
 swat through The McFarlane Collection containing 10 of McGwire's and Sosa's
 record-breaking home run baseballs.  A game ticket is all it takes to see this
 dramatic 28-foot interactive wall of sports stats and memorabilia.
     The McFarlane Collection chronicles some of 1998's greatest moments --
 showcasing the $3 million McGwire #70 home run ball, and his #1, 63, 64, 67,
 68 and 69 home run baseballs, and Sosa's #33, 61 and 66 baseballs, plus
 additional memorabilia from baseball's home-run heroes.
     Since the tour kicked off in June 1999, more than 1 million fans have
 viewed the exhibit in Major League cities, the Triple-A All-Star Game and
 World Series and more.  For 2001, the Collection visits more than a dozen
 Minor League stadiums and sports conventions.
     The non-profit ALS Association is the national charity of choice for the
 Collection's tour, receiving 100 percent of fund-raising proceeds to fight Lou
 Gehrig's disease.  When Gehrig died of ALS in 1941, little was known about the
 disease, which has taken the lives of several sports and entertainment
 notables, including baseball Hall of Famer Jim "Catfish" Hunter.  For more
 information, visit www.alsa.org.
     A two-time Emmy- and Grammy-winning Producer/Director, Todd McFarlane is
 the creative force behind several companies including SPAWN.com and McFarlane
 Toys.  He purchased McGwire's 70th for a Guinness Record $3 million in January
 1999.  McFarlane is also part-owner of the Edmonton Oilers and creates sports
 action figures featuring some of professional hockey and football's best
 players.
     For more information visit www.spawn.com, or call 480-491-7070.  For
 information about the Portland Beavers, call 503.553.5555, or visit
 www.pgepark.com.
 
 

SOURCE The McFarlane Collection
    TEMPE, Ariz., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- This year's baseball buzz is all
 about the strike ... zone that is.  But in summer 1998, home runs captivated
 the sports world, when Mark McGwire's 70 homers shattered Roger Maris'
 37-year-old home run record, with Sammy Sosa not far behind.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000510/LAW059 )
     Fans attending the Portland Beavers vs. Fresno Grizzlies series April 30
 through May 3, the inaugural series at PGE Stadium, can relive the summer of
 swat through The McFarlane Collection containing 10 of McGwire's and Sosa's
 record-breaking home run baseballs.  A game ticket is all it takes to see this
 dramatic 28-foot interactive wall of sports stats and memorabilia.
     The McFarlane Collection chronicles some of 1998's greatest moments --
 showcasing the $3 million McGwire #70 home run ball, and his #1, 63, 64, 67,
 68 and 69 home run baseballs, and Sosa's #33, 61 and 66 baseballs, plus
 additional memorabilia from baseball's home-run heroes.
     Since the tour kicked off in June 1999, more than 1 million fans have
 viewed the exhibit in Major League cities, the Triple-A All-Star Game and
 World Series and more.  For 2001, the Collection visits more than a dozen
 Minor League stadiums and sports conventions.
     The non-profit ALS Association is the national charity of choice for the
 Collection's tour, receiving 100 percent of fund-raising proceeds to fight Lou
 Gehrig's disease.  When Gehrig died of ALS in 1941, little was known about the
 disease, which has taken the lives of several sports and entertainment
 notables, including baseball Hall of Famer Jim "Catfish" Hunter.  For more
 information, visit www.alsa.org.
     A two-time Emmy- and Grammy-winning Producer/Director, Todd McFarlane is
 the creative force behind several companies including SPAWN.com and McFarlane
 Toys.  He purchased McGwire's 70th for a Guinness Record $3 million in January
 1999.  McFarlane is also part-owner of the Edmonton Oilers and creates sports
 action figures featuring some of professional hockey and football's best
 players.
     For more information visit www.spawn.com, or call 480-491-7070.  For
 information about the Portland Beavers, call 503.553.5555, or visit
 www.pgepark.com.
 
 SOURCE  The McFarlane Collection