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Twenty years ago, some of the biggest sports moments were etched into history, with teams and players immortalized in athletic lore. To celebrate those great accomplishments one score ago, the Tylt wants to know who you think were the iconic figures of 1998. Mark McGwire captivated the entire country by breaking Roger Maris' single-season home run record. Michael Jordan won his sixth championship in dominating fashion. Who was the best athlete of 1998? ⚾🏀

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Best athlete of 1998: Mark McGwire or Michael Jordan?
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It's the 20th anniversary of 1998—a year of iconic pop culture moments!—and we're facing-off the best music artists, songs, albums, movies, TV shows, sports moments, teams and pro athletes of 1998. The "Best of 1998" was chosen by a combination of popularity, impact, acclaim, rankings and/or amount sold. But ultimately, we want you to let us know who really won 1998 in each category.

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Baseball's current popularity is a shell of what it once was, but in 1998, the sport was on everyone's mind. You can thank Mark McGwire for that. 

Big Mac went big fly often, sending the country in a fever pitch with home run after home run. His chase of Roger Maris' longstanding home run record was all anyone could talk about. McGwire hit his record-breaking 62nd dinger on September 8, but he went on to shatter the previous record, finishing with 70 home runs by the end of the season.

Sure, steroids might have played a part of his success, but that doesn't discount the impact he had on the sports world. He had casual fans enjoying baseball. That's no easy feat.

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Current NBA fans think LeBron James faces a lot of coverage, but they never saw Jordan at the height of his powers. His Airness went on a tear in the late '90s after returning from baseball, capped off with a third-straight 60+ win season, his fifth and final MVP award, and a sixth NBA championship. Oh, and he was 34 years old.

Despite his relatively advanced age, Jordan was still able to lead the league in scoring with an unstoppable array of turnaround jumpers, fadeaways and a bag of tricks that would make David Blaine jealous. McGwire needed steroids to perform. All Jordan needed was countless hours of preparation and talent.

FINAL RESULTS
Sports
Best athlete of 1998: Mark McGwire or Michael Jordan?
#VoteMcGwire1998
A festive crown for the winner
#VoteJordan1998