47 Facts About Mark McGwire


Mark McGwire won two World Series championships, one with Oakland as a player in 1989 and one with St Louis as a coach in 2011.

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One of the most prolific home run hitters in baseball history, McGwire hit 583 home runs during his career, which ranked 5th-most in MLB history at the time of his retirement and currently ranks 11th.

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Mark McGwire led the major leagues in home runs in five different seasons, and set the major-league record for home runs hit in a four-season period from 1996 to 1999 with 245.

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Mark McGwire demonstrated exemplary patience as a batter, producing a career.

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Mark McGwire led the league in runs batted in once, on-base percentage twice, and slugging percentage four times.

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Mark McGwire surpassed Maris and finished with 70 home runs, a record that Barry Bonds would break three years later with 73.

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Mark McGwire was one of several central figures in baseball's steroids scandal.

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In 2010, Mark McGwire publicly admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during a large portion of his career.

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Mark McGwire was born in the Los Angeles suburb of Pomona, California.

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Mark McGwire attended Damien High School in La Verne, California, where he played baseball, golf, and basketball.

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Mark McGwire was drafted in the 8th round by the Montreal Expos in the 1981 amateur draft but did not sign.

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Mark McGwire played college baseball at the University of Southern California under coach Rod Dedeaux.

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Mark McGwire was selected by the Athletics with the 10th overall selection in the 1984 MLB draft.

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Mark McGwire was a member of the silver medal-winning entry of the United States national team that same year at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, with Japan finishing ahead for gold medal.

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Mark McGwire debuted in the major leagues in August 1986, hitting three home runs and nine runs batted in in 18 games.

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Three days later, Mark McGwire broke the major-league record of 38, which Frank Robinson and Wally Berger had jointly held.

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Mark McGwire was unanimously chosen as the AL Rookie of the Year Award and finished sixth overall in the AL Most Valuable Player Award voting.

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From 1988 to 1990, Mark McGwire followed with 32,33, and 39 home runs, respectively, becoming the first Major Leaguer to hit 30+ home runs in each of his first four full seasons.

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Mark McGwire was generally regarded as a good fielder in his early years, even winning a Gold Glove Award in 1990, the only one that the Yankees' Don Mattingly would not win between 1985 and 1994.

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Mark McGwire stated in an interview with Sports Illustrated that 1991 was the "worst year" of his life, with his on-field performance and marriage difficulties, and that he "didn't lift a weight" that entire season.

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Mark McGwire's performance propelled the A's to the American League West Division title in 1992, their fourth in five seasons.

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Mark McGwire played just 104 games in 1995, but his proportional totals were much improved, as he hit 39 home runs in 317 at-bats.

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In 1996, Mark McGwire belted a major-league-leading 52 homers in 423 at-bats.

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Mark McGwire was selected or voted to nine American League All-Star teams while playing for the A's, including six consecutive appearances from 1987 through 1992.

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On July 31, having already amassed 34 home runs in the 1997 season, McGwire was traded from the Oakland Athletics to the St Louis Cardinals for T J Mathews, Eric Ludwick and Blake Stein.

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On September 8,1998, Mark McGwire hit a pitch by the Cubs' Steve Trachsel over the left-field wall for his record-breaking 62nd home run, setting off massive celebrations at Busch Stadium.

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Mark McGwire finished the 1998 season with 70 home runs, four ahead of Sosa's 66, a record that was broken three seasons later in 2001 by Barry Bonds with 73.

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Mark McGwire was honored with the inaugural Babe Ruth Home Run Award for leading Major League Baseball in home runs.

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Mark McGwire kept his high level of offensive production from 1998 going in 1999 while setting or extending several significant records.

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Mark McGwire set a record from 1998 to 1999 for home runs in a two-season period with 135.

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Mark McGwire owned the highest four-season home-run total, with 245 from 1996 to 1999.

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In 2000 and 2001, Mark McGwire's statistics declined relative to previous years as he struggled to avoid injury, hitting 32 home runs in 89 games in 2000 and 29 in 97 games in 2001.

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On October 26,2009, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa confirmed that Mark McGwire would become the club's fifth hitting coach of La Russa's tenure with the Cardinals, replacing Hal McRae.

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Mark McGwire received a standing ovation prior to the Cardinals' home opener on April 12,2010.

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In early November 2012, Mark McGwire rejected a contract extension to return as Cardinals hitting coach for the 2013 season.

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On June 11,2013, Mark McGwire was ejected for the first time as a coach during a bench-clearing brawl with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Mark McGwire led all of MLB in home runs in five different seasons: 1987 and each season from 1996 to 1999.

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Mark McGwire was the first player to hit 49 or more home runs five times, including his rookie-season record of 49 in 1987.

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Mark McGwire first became eligible for Hall of Fame voting in 2007.

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Mark McGwire admitted using them on occasion throughout the 1990s, including during the 1998 season.

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Mark McGwire said that he used steroids to recover from injuries.

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Mark McGwire's brother Dan Mark McGwire was a quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins of the NFL in the early 1990s, and was a first-round draft choice out of San Diego State University.

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Mark McGwire has another brother, Jay McGwire, a bodybuilder, who wrote a book in 2010 detailing their shared steroid use.

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Mark McGwire married Stephanie Slemer—a former pharmaceutical sales representative from the St Louis area—in Las Vegas on April 20,2002.

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Mark McGwire worked as a hitting coach for Major League players Matt Holliday, Bobby Crosby, Chris Duncan and Skip Schumaker.

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Mark McGwire appeared as himself in season 7, episode 13 of the sitcom Mad About You.

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Mark McGwire provided his voice for a 1999 episode of The Simpsons titled "Brother's Little Helper", where he played himself.

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