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Sosa hits No. 59, carries flag around bases

Sosa hits No. 59, carries flag around bases

This story was originally published on MLB.com in 2001.

CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa hit his 59th homer Thursday night and then rounded the bases waving a small American flag as the Cubs played their first home game since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Sosa hit a high fly-ball homer to right field off Houston's Shane Reynolds in the first inning. Sosa stopped as he crossed the first-base bag and took the flag from coach Billy Williams.

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Sosa waved the flag as he circled the bases, after he crossed the plate and again after coming out of the dugout for a curtain call.

The Cubs star also carried a flag out to right field when he made his customary pregame dash to his position to salute the bleacher fans.

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