Common Name: Mark McGwire
Born: October 1, 1963
in Pomona, California
Primary Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Full Name: Mark McGwire
Major League Debut: 8/22/1986
Nick Names: Big Mac
Primary Position: First Baseman
Primary Uniform: 25
Teams Played For:Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals
Member of 1988 and 1990 American League Champion Oakland Athletics teams. Member of 1989 World Series Champion Oakland Athletics team. Member of 1992 American League Western Division Champion Oakland Athletics team. Member of 2000 and 2001 National League Central Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals teams.
He won the World Series just once, with the Oakland A's in 1989. Perhaps Mark McGwire's most famous home run as an Oakland Athletic was in Game 3 of the 1988 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. McGwire's game winning solo homer off of Jay Howell in the bottom of the 9th inning ultimately became the only game that the A's won in the 1988 World Series.
1987 American League Rookie of the Year.
Named to 12 All Star teams (1987-92 and 1995-2000).
Biography: Member of the 1984 USA Olympic baseball team.
The Mark McGwire Foundation for Children to support agencies that work with children who have been sexually and physically abused.
Quote: "Mark (McGwire) is just a good hitter with a good eye and a nice short swing. He also just happens to be the biggest guy on the planet. Hit hits towering blasts. You'll be sitting there saying, 'Aww, he didn't quite get that one.' Then it ends up thirty rows in the stands."
— Cal Ripken, Jr.
Did You Know?... Mark McGwire was born two years to the day after Maris hit his 61st home run in 1961. On September 8, 1998, two days before what would have been Maris' 64th birthday, Mark McGwire hit his 62nd home run of the 1998 season. Following his jubilant trot around the base paths, Mark Roger Maris' children, five of whom were in attendance at the ballpark to watch their father's record fall.
McGwire hit the ball out of the park once in every 9.42 at bats, beating out Babe Ruth for the highest home run ratio in major-league history.
Like Ruth, he had begun as an outstanding pitcher.
In 1998, the year when McGwire and Sammy Sosa spent much of the season chasing the single-season home run record of Roger Maris, the two shared Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsmen of the Year" award.
Home Run Milestone
Historic 62nd Home run: http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=19535971
500th Home run: http://youtu.be/eOXKEWCxVv4