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Mark McGwire from the Chronology
Apr 21, 2006 - The Blue Jays defeat the Red Sox, 7-6, in 12 innings despite a pair of HRs by Manny Ramirez. Ramirez becomes the 4th person in ML history to hit 200 or more homers for 2 different teams—the Indians and the Sox. Jimmie Foxx, Mark McGwire, and Rafael Palmeiro also performed the feat. The Jays score 4 runs in the 8th on 3 homers—by Russ Adams, Vernon Wells and Troy Glaus, then score the winner in the 12th on Lyle Overbay's double off of Rudy Seanez.
Mar 17, 2005 - Several prominent modern day major league players testify before a House hearing on steroid use in the major leagues. Former HR king Mark McGwire refuses to deny he used the illegal substances repeatedly saying he's "not here to talk about the past." Rafael Palmiero comes off the best condemning steroid use and wagging his finger at the Senators saying "he's never taken them."
Feb 14, 2005 - Juiced: Wild Times Rampant 'Roids Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big by former Oakland Athletics star Jose Canseco is published. In the book Canseco says he injected Mark McGwire and introduced Ivan Rodriguez Juan Gonzalez Rafael Palmeiro and Jason Giambi to steroids. All those named deny the accusations.
Apr 6, 2003 - The Pirates shut out the Phillies 2-0 behind Kris Benson. Philadelphia's Jim Thome goes 0-for-4 ending his streak of reaching base safely in 60 straight games the longest streak in the majors since Mark McGwire reached base in 62 in a row in 1995-96.
May 2, 2002 - The Mariners rout the White Sox by a score of 15-4 as OF Mike Cameron becomes the 13th player in ML history to slug 4 HRs in a single game all solo shots. Cameron is also hit by a pitch and flies out to deep right in a bid for a 5th homer. Cameron and 2B Bret Boone also become the first teammates in history to hit back-to-back HRs twice in the same inning performing the feat in Seattle's 10-run 1st inning. The duo waste little time putting their names into the record book. After Ichiro Suzuki is hit by a pitch leading off Boone homers. Cameron follows with a drive off Jon Rauch that barely cleared the center-field wall and a leaping Kenny Lofton. Two outs later Boone again homers on the first pitch this time off reliever Jim Parque. Cameron goes to a full count then homers to center again. The Mariners also tie a team record with seven homers in the game. James Baldwin is the easy winner with 7 innings pitched. There had only been 39 previous occasions of a player hitting two home runs in an inning according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Eric Karros was last to do it on Aug. 22 2000 for Los Angeles. Mark McGwire was the previous AL player to do it on Sept. 22 1996 for Oakland.
Nov 11, 2001 - Cardinals' 1B Mark McGwire announces his retirement‚ saying "I am unable to perform at a level equal to the salary the organization would be paying me." McGwire's 583 career HRs place him 5th on the all-time list.
Sep 10, 2001 - The Cardinals shut out the Brewers 8-0 as Darryl Kile pitches 6 innings for the win. Mark McGwire hits his 24th homer. Jamey Wright is the loser and also fails to plunk any batters ending his possible ML record of hitting a batter in 10 straight games.
Aug 28, 2001 - Thanks to Cubs miscues the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-3 in 14 innings despite Sammy Sosa's 52nd HR. The blast gives Sosa a share of the NL record for HRs in August (17) tying the mark set by Willie Mays in 1965. He also ties Babe Ruth for the most homers in 7 consecutive seasons: the Babe hit 343 between 1926-32. Mark McGwire has hit 338 homers from 1995 through this year. Cliff Floyd playing RF pulls off an unassisted double play in the 10th inning with Cubs on 1B and 3B and no outs. LF Delino DeShields drops Dave Berg's fly to open the 14th and he will come around to score on a hit.
Aug 26, 2001 - The Cubs defeat the Cardinals 6-1 as Sammy Sosa hits 2 more HRs his 50th and 51st of the season. In doing so he joins Mark McGwire and Babe Ruth as the only players with four 50-homer seasons.
Aug 15, 2001 - The Cardinals defeat the Reds 8-4 for their 7th straight win. St. Louis 1B Mark McGwire singles in the 5th inning marking his first hit other than a HR in 72 at bats. McGwire's last 11 hits had been homers a run unprecedented in the last 25 years. Cleveland's Albert Belle had 8 straight hits for HRs in 1995.
Jul 19, 2001 - The Rockies obtain IF Alex Ochoa from the Reds for 2B Todd Walker and minor league OF Robin Jennings. The Reds also call up top OF prospect Adam Dunn who hit 32 homers in the minors this year 12 in 39 games for Chattanooga and 20 in 55 games for Louisville Dunn will clout 19 homers for the Reds including 12 in August setting the NL rookie record for most HR in any month. The old mark of 11 was set by Frank Robinson in August 1956. The only other rookies to hit more HR in a month were Rudy York (18 August 1937) Mark McGwire (May 1987) and Jimmie Hall (13 August 1963). With 50 homers in OB in a season Dunn is the 3rd youngest to do it; Tony Lazzeri (1925) and Calvin Felix (4 days younger) in 1947 were younger. Erubial Durazo in 1999 was the first player to reach double figures in HRs with 2minor league teams and a ML team in one year.
Jun 14, 2001 - Matt Morris strikes out 11 in the Cardinals 3-2 win over the Dodgers and Mark McGwire clubs a solo homer off Jose Lima to pass Reggie Jackson on the all-time homer list. McGwire's homer is his 563rd putting him 6th on the HR list.
May 8, 2001 - The Devil Rays edge the Orioles 4-3 as Tampa Bay's Fred McGriff joins Mark McGwire Hank Aaron Barry Bonds Eddie Murray and Reggie Jackson as the only players to homer off 300 different pitchers in their career. McGriff's solo in the 8th snaps a 3-3 tie.
Aug 26, 2000 - The Devil Rays defeat the Orioles 4-1 in the 1st game of a DH. Tampa Bay 1B Fred McGriff ties a major league mark by hitting a HR in his 37th different ballpark. Mark McGwire has also performed the feat. The Orioles take the 2nd game 2-0.
Jul 31, 2000 - To fill in for injured 1B Mark McGwire, the Cardinals pick up vet 1B Will Clark from the Orioles for 3B Jose Leon. Clark will hit .345 with 12 homers and 42 RBIs in 171 at-bats as the Birds will go 37-20. The Cardinals also obtain C Carlos Hernandez from the Padres in exchange for P Heathcliff Slocumb. Two minor leaguers are also involved in the deal.
May 24, 2000 - The Cardinals gaff the Marlins 5-1 as Mark McGwire hits his 20th HR of the year. He becomes the fastest player to ever reach 20 homers doing so in his 35th game 6 fewer than Mickey Mantle in 1956 and McGwire himself in 1998.
May 8, 2000 - Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hits his 12th home run of the season against the San Francisco Giants. The homer tied "Big Mac" with Jimmie Foxx for ninth place on the all-time list with 534 career homers. McGwire needs just two taters to catch number 8 on the list Mickey Mantle at 536.
Apr 30, 2000 - The Cardinals defeat the Phillies 4-3 as Mark McGwire and Jim Edmonds hit HRs. St. Louis finishes the month with 55 homers a new record for April. It also ties the NL mark for homers in any month.
Nov 9, 1999 - Kansas City Royals OF Carlos Beltran is named the AL Rookie of the Year. Beltran was the 1st rookie with 100+ RBI since Mike Piazza had 112 in 1993 and the 1st in the AL since Mark McGwire had 118 in 1987. He is the first rookie with 100 runs /100 RBI since Fred Lynn in 75.
Oct 3, 1999 - It lasts just 5 innings but the Cardinals (74-88) defeat the Cubs (67-95) 9-5 as both Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa homer in their last game of the season. McGwire takes Steve Trachsel deep in the 1st and finishes with 65 HRs with Sosa next in line with 63 homering in the 3rd. McGwire's HR is his 522nd moving him past Ted Williams and Willie McCovey for 10th place on the All-time list finishes with 147 RBIs on 145 hits the first player ever to have more ribbies than hits; Jay Buhner in 1995 came closest with 121 RBI on 123 hits. Last year McGwire drove in 147 runs on 152 hits. Starter Luebbers earns the win for the Cards with just 4 innings of work a rarity. Rick Ankiel saves it after Luebbers pitches to 3 batters in the 5th. More than 145000 fans watched the 3-game set with the cubs giving the Cards a franchise-record 3230356 for 79 dates.
Sep 26, 1999 - The Cardinals lose to the Reds 7-5 despite Mark McGwire's 60th HR of the season. McGwire joins Sammy Sosa as the only players in history to reach the 60 homer mark twice. Big Mac will end the season with 147 RBIs on 145 hits the only player in ML history (with 100 hits in a season) to have more ribbies than hits. Jay Buhner in 1995 came closest with 121 RBIs and 123 hits (.984)
Sep 17, 1999 - The Cardinals score 9 runs in the 4th inning on their way to an 11-8 win over the Astros. Mark McGwire hits HR #56 on the season and the 513th of his career. Big Mac passes Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews on the all-time list.
Aug 24, 1999 - The Cards lose to the Expos 8-4 despite Mark McGwire's 508th career homer and his 51st of the year. He has hit 493 of these while playing 1B equaling Lou Gehrig's mark for the position.
Aug 22, 1999 - At Shea the Mets and Cardinals split a DH with NY winning the opener 8-7 and St. Louis taking the nightcap 7-5. Mark McGwire hits 2 HRs in the 1st game his 49th and 50th of the season. Number 49 breaks a light bulb in the scoreboard 502 feet away. This gives him a major league record 50 or more HRs for 4 straight seasons.
Aug 5, 1999 - The Padres defeat the Cardinals 10-3 despite a pair of HRs by Mark McGwire including the 500th of his career. McGwire becomes the first player in history to hit his 400th and 500th homers in successive seasons.
May 4, 1999 - Mark McGwire hit a grand slam off Greg Maddux. It is the 12th grand slam of McGwire's career and just the 2nd regular season grand slam that Maddux has allowed (the 1st was to Benito Santiago in 1996). The Cardinals scored 6 runs in the 2nd off Maddux which was the 1st time he's allowed 6 runs in an inning. For McGwire it is also his 100th HR with the Cardinals becoming the 24th player to hit 100+ HR with more than 1 franchise and the 14th player to hit 100+ HR in both leagues.
Jan 12, 1999 - The ball that Mark McGwire hit for his 70th home run is sold at auction for $2.7 million by Guernsey's Auction House in New York. The buyer is later revealed to be Todd McFarlane creator of the Spawn comic book series.
Sep 15, 1998 - Pittsburgh takes the 1st game of a doubleheader against St. Louis 8-6 as Cardinals' 1B Mark McGwire hits his 63rd HR of the season. The Cardinals take the nightcap 9-3 to gain a split.
Sep 13, 1998 - Sammy Sosa hits his 61st and 62nd HRs of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers to tie the NL record of 10 multi-HR games in a single season set by Ralph Kiner in 1947. The 2 HRs pace the Cubs to an 11-10 win and tie Sosa with Mark McGwire for the HR lead.
Sep 5, 1998 - Mark McGwire slugs his 60th HR of the season to become the 3rd player in history to reach the milestone. The 1st-inning blast off lefty Dennis Reyes helps the Cards on their way to a 7-0 blanking of the Reds.
Sep 2, 1998 - Mark McGwire hits 2 HRs against the Marlins for the 2nd consecutive day to set a new major league mark for homers in a season by a righthanded batter with 59. The Cardinals defeat the Marlins by a score of 14-4.
Sep 1, 1998 - Mark McGwire hits his 56th and 57th HRs of the season in a 7-1 Cardinals' win over Florida to break Hack Wilson's NL standard for HRs in a season. McGwire also eclipses Babe Ruth's record of 114 HRs in consecutive seasons set in 1927-28.
Aug 31, 1998 - Cubs' OF Sammy Sosa ties Mark McGwire by hitting his 55th HR in Chicago's 5-4 win over Cincinnati. Sosa has hit 30 of his homers at Wrigley 3 short of Hack Wilson's Cub record and tying him with Ernie Banks.
Aug 29, 1998 - The Braves losers by one run yesterday to the Cards clip the Birds today 4-3 behind Tom Glavine (18-5). Javy Lopez hits his 29th homer. Rookie third base ump Hunter Wendelstedt thumbs out Mark McGwire in the first inning for protesting a strike call. Hunter's father Harry in his last year in the ML is umping at first base. They are the only father-son umpires to officiate in the same game having done it in several contests this year (as noted by Bruce Fleming).
Aug 26, 1998 - Florida's Derek Lee Kevin Orie and Cliff Floyd hit consecutive HRs in the 9th inning of a game with St. Louis. The Marlins who were trailing 6-0 at the time go on to tie the game with 6 runs then win 7-6 with a run in the 10th. Mark McGwire hits HR #54 for the Cards.
Aug 21, 1998 - Cards slugger Mark McGwire admits using the steroid supplement androstenedione which is legal in baseball but was banned by the NFL and the Olympics. Adro raises testosterone levels. A reporter noticed the jar in McGwires's locker.
Aug 7, 1998 - Mark McGwire lines a single against the Cubs driving in 2 runs. For Big Mac they are his first runs driven in without a homer since June 7. The Cards roll over the Cubs 16-3 as Bottenfield allows just 3 hits in 7 innings. Ray Lankford has a 3-run homer in the 1st for St. Louis off Stevens in relief of Steve Trachsel who lasts just 1/3 of an inning.
Jun 28, 1998 - The Twins Bob Tewksbury slows down Mark McGwire twice retiring him with a 44-MPH lob. McGwire grounds out in the 1st inning swinging at a lob and then with a 0-2 count in the 4th pops out to first on another. Tewksbury also retires Ray Lankford in the 6th on a lob and ends with a 3-2 win.
May 19, 1998 - The Cardinals Mark McGwire hits 3 HRs in a game for the 2nd time this season leading St. Louis to a 10-8 victory over the Phillies. He is only the 12th player in history to have a pair of 3-HR games in the same season. McGwire drives in 6 of the Cardinal runs as he reaches the 20 HR mark faster than other player in history.
May 16, 1998 - At Busch Stadium Mark McGwire crushes a Livan Hernandez pitch for a 545-ft. homer to lead the Cards to a 5-4 win over the Marlins. "It's the best ball I've ever hit" says the Cards slugger. On May 12 he hit a homer 527 feet.
Apr 4, 1998 - Cardinals 1B Mark McGwire homers in his 4th straight game to tie the NL record set by Willie Mays in 1971 for HRs in consecutive games at the beginning of the season. The Cardinals defeat the Padres by an 8-6 score.
Sep 22, 1997 - Ken Griffey Jr. hits his 54th and 55th homers overtaking Mark McGwire for the major league lead as Seattle clinches a tie for the AL West title defeating Oakland 4-2. Griffey now has the seventh-highest homer total in ML history trailing only Maris (61 in 1961) Ruth (60 in 1927) Ruth (59 in 1921) Foxx (58 in 1932) Greenberg (58 in 1938) and Wilson (56 in 1930). Griffey's 55 homers are the most in the majors since Maris set the record in 1961. He has 5 games left all at the Kingdome to match Maris' mark. With 3 HRs Seattle has 257 this season tying the major league mark set by Baltimore last year.
Sep 16, 1997 - Mark McGwire hits his 52nd home run hours after signing a three-year contract with the Cards for $28.5 million. But Cardinals' closer Dennis Eckersley collapses in the 9th and the Dodgers come back to win 7-6. McGwire's 517-foot first-inning blast the longest ever measured at Busch Stadium ties him for the ML lead with Ken Griffey Jr.
Sep 14, 1997 - Mark McGwire notches his 51st homer and St. Louis Cardinals score seven runs in the eighth to win 10-4. McGwire the first player with consecutive 50-homer seasons since Babe Ruth in 1927-28 connects off Joey Hamilton (11-6) in the sixth. He has 17 homers in 37 games since St. Louis acquired him from Oakland on July 31 and has 14 games remaining to chase Roger Maris' season record of 61.
Aug 15, 1997 - Mark McGwire cracks a 2-run homer in the 9th to tie the game for St. Louis and Delino DeShields hits a leadoff homer in the 12th as the Cards edge the Braves 3-2. For McGwire who also walks 4 times it is his 4th homer in 4 games.
Aug 8, 1997 - The Cards end a homerless drought of 104.2 innings (as noted by Tom Ruane) when Ray Lankford and Mark McGwire hit back-to-back homers in the 3rd inning. For McGwire it is his 1st of the year as the Cards win 6-1 over the Phillies. The homerless streak is the longest of the 1990s.
Jul 31, 1997 - Baseball's premier power hitter Mark McGwire leaves the A's for the St. Louis Cardinals who send three pitchers to Anaheim. McGwire's five-year $28 million contract runs out at the end of this year and Anaheim fears they will not be able to sign him. The A's receive minor leaguers Eric Ludwick and Blake Stein along with T.J. Mathews (4-4).
Jul 16, 1997 - In Oakland Mark McGwire hits his 33rd and 34th homers to lead the A's to an 11-3 win over the hapless Royals. Jose Canseco strikes out in all five at-bats for the Athletics tying an Oakland record. Combined with his three strikeouts on Monday he ties a major league record with eight whiffs in two consecutive games.
Jun 24, 1997 - At Seattle the Mariners fall to the Athletics 4-1 despite a 19-strike out performance by Randy Johnson. The 19 Ks are the most ever by an American League left hander. Mark McGwire turns one Johnson fastball into a homer that travels an estimated 538 feet.
May 27, 1997 - Kansas City takes a 2-0 lead into the ninth before the visiting A's-held to one hit for eight-plus innings by Jose Rosado-get a two-run homer from Mark McGwire and a solo shot from Scott Spiezio to take the lead. Pinch-hitter Scott Cooper's homer in the bottom of the ninth then ties it. The A's bat around in the 10th scoring 5 runs and the Royals three-run answer falls short as the A's win 8-6.
Apr 30, 1997 - Mark McGwire hits two tape-measure blasts as the A's outslug the Indians 11-9 in 10 innings. McGwire's first shot off Orel Hershiser is the first ever off the Jacobs Field scoreboard and dents the Budweiser sign. It travels an estimated 485 feet. His 2nd in the 10th is the tie-breaker.
Sep 22, 1996 - Oakland 1B Mark McGwire becomes the 30th player to homer twice in the same inning as he hits numbers 51 and 52 in the 5th inning of the Athletics' 13-11 win over Seattle. The A's score 8 runs in the inning and the Mariners come back with 7 of their own in their half.
Sep 14, 1996 - Oakland 1B Mark McGwire becomes the 13th player in history to hit 50 HRs in a season as he connects against Cleveland's Chad Ogea in the 1st inning of Cleveland's 9-8 win over the A's in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The big first baseman hit his 49th in the 1st inning of the opener a 9-2 loss to the Indians. Because of injuries McGwire has played in only 119 or his team's 150 games.
Aug 30, 1996 - Mark McGwire pounds his 45th homer and drives in 3 runs as the A's beat the Red Sox 7-0. The loss snaps the Sox' 5-game win streak. The 3rd-place Sox have the AL's hottest team since the All-Star break going 33-17; on August 1 Boston was 17 games out of 1st place and since then have gained 11 games. A's pitchers will record shutouts in their next 2 games as well.
Aug 12, 1996 - Geronimo Berroa hits 3 HRs in the Athletics' 11-1 win over Minnesota. He becomes the 10th player in history to have a pair of 3-homer games in the same season. Berroa accounts for 5 of Oakland's runs and Mark McGwire accounts for 4 with a pair of homers himself. McGwire who missed 30 games now has 41 homers.
Jul 25, 1996 - Mark McGwire clouts his 37th homer into the 5th deck at Toronto's Skydome just the 2nd player to reach there. The 488-foot drive off Huck Flener lands 4 rows up from where Jose Canseco hit one in the 1989 playoff. The A's still lose the game to the Jays 4-3 when Joe Carter hits a dramatic 2-run 2-out homer in the bottom of the 9th. McGwire will hit his 38th tomorrow in an A's win.
Jun 27, 1996 - The Athletics stroke 8 HRs in an 18-2 pounding of the Angels. Scott Brosius hits 2 while Mark McGwire Geronimo Berroa Jason Giambi Terry Steinbach Ernie Young and Jose Herrera also connect. The 7 different players going deep ties the ML record.
May 25, 1996 - Oakland's Pedro Munoz belts the longest home run in the 5-year history of Camden Yards to lead the A's to a 6-3 win over the Orioles. The 463-foot shot to dead center comes in the 6th inning with 2 on and breaks a 2-2 tie. Mark McGwire also homers for Oakland. The O's get two more homers from Brady Anderson and a dinger from Mike Bordick but that's all the scoring.
Apr 28, 1996 - On the 100th anniversary of the opening of Bennett Field at Michigan and Trumbull Avenues the Tigers lose to the A's 6-3. Scott Brosius rings up his 3rd two-homer game of the season and Mark McGwire adds a homer estimated at 462 feet that almost clears the RF roof at Tiger Stadium to lead the A's. Oakland collects 4 homers off Greg Gohr and adds another while Detroit bangs two including Cecil Fielder's 10th of the year.
Jun 11, 1995 - Oakland's Mark McGwire hits 3 consecutive HRs in an 8-1 win over the Red Sox. McGwire hit 2 HRs yesterday giving him a ML record-tying 5 HRs in 2 consecutive games. He is the 15th player to hit 5 homers in 2 games and only the 2nd to do so twice in his career. He also hit 5 homers on June 27 and 28 1987. Ralph Kiner performed the feat twice in 1947.
Oct 7, 1992 - The A's win the opening game of the ALCS with a 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays. All but 1 of the game's runs are scored by homers as Mark McGwire Terry Steinbach and Harold Baines connect for Oakland and Dave Winfield and Pat Borders for Toronto.
Oct 3, 1992 - At Milwaukee the A's knock the 2nd place Brewers out of the race beating them 10-3. The A's first in the AL West knock 4 homers including Mark McGwire's 42nd. Ricky Bones lasts just 1 1/3 innings and takes the loss. Mike Moore wins his 17th.
Jun 10, 1992 - At Milwaukee Mark McGwire hits his 22nd homer of the year and his career 200th. It comes in his 2852nd at bat and he is the 5th quickest to reach 200. The fastest was Ralph Kiner (2537) then Ruth (2580) Killebrew (2584) and Eddie Mathews (2811). Winning for first-place Oakland is Ron Darling (6-3).
May 1, 1992 - Oakland OF Rickey Henderson steals the 1000th base of his career in the 1st inning of the A's 7-6 win over Detroit. Mark McGwire adds a homer and Mike Parrett (4-0) picks up the win when the A's score a run in the 8th.
Jul 4, 1988 - Deja vu all over again. As he did yesterday Mark McGwire belts a 16th inning homer to give the A's a 4-2 win over Cleveland. Doug Jones pitches 3 shutout innings for Cleveland but gets no decision ending his ML-record streak of 15 consecutive saves.
Jul 3, 1988 - Oakland's P Gene Nelson steals a base while pinch running for Don Baylor in a 9-8 16-inning win over Toronto becoming the first AL pitcher to steal a base since John "Blue Moon" Odom in 1973. Jose Canseco's 3 HRs are not quite enough and the game is not decided until Mark McGwire connects in the 16th inning to end it. McGwire will hit another 16th-inning HR tomorrow.
Nov 3, 1987 - Oakland 1B Mark McGwire wins the AL Rookie of the Year Award now called the Jackie Robinson Award joining Carlton Fisk (1972) as the only player to win that league's award unanimously. McGwire set a rookie record with 49 homers and was the first rookie to lead the majors in homers since Al Rosen in 1950.
Aug 14, 1987 - Oakland's Mark McGwire slugs his 39th home run of the season off Don Sutton in the 6th inning in a 12-inning 7-6 win over California breaking the ML record for rookies shared by Wally Berger and Frank Robinson. McGwire will finish the season with a whopping 49 homers.
Jun 28, 1987 - One day after hitting 3 home runs in Oakland's 13-3 rout of the Indians A's rookie 1B Mark McGwire hits 2 more in a 10-0 Oakland romp to tie the ML record of 5 homers in 2 games. McGwire's 9 runs in 2 games ties an AL record set in 1937.
Jun 4, 1984 - The New York Mets select 17-year-old Shawn Abner with the first pick in the annual June free-agent draft. Thirteen members of the U.S. Olympic team are drafted in the first round including Mark McGwire by the A's with the 10th pick.