Mark McGwire was born on Tuesday, October 1, 1963, in Pomona, California. McGwire was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 22, 1986, with the Oakland Athletics. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Mark McGwire baseball stats page.
"Any time a guy that big steps up to the plate - they're very few and far between, thank God - it's kind of hard not to notice him standing there. The sun just disappears for a while." - Kevin Brown (Baseball Almanac, Post Game Press Conference, 08/23/1997, Pro Player Stadium) [ Mark McGwire Quotes ]
Mark 'Big Mac' McGwire Autograph on a 1991 Score Baseball Card (#324 | Checklist )
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Mark McGwire Miscellaneous Items of Interest
|Team [Click for Roster]||Uniform Numbers||Salary||All-Star||World Series|
|1986 Oakland Athletics||25||$60,000.00||-||-|
|1987 Oakland Athletics||25||$72,500.00||Stats||-|
|1988 Oakland Athletics||25||$250,000.00||Stats||Stats|
|1989 Oakland Athletics||25||$510,500.00||Stats||Stats|
|1990 Oakland Athletics||25||$1,500,000.00||Stats||Stats|
|1991 Oakland Athletics||25||$2,850,000.00||Stats||-|
|1992 Oakland Athletics||25||$2,700,000.00||Stats||-|
|1993 Oakland Athletics||25||$4,000,000.00||-||-|
|1994 Oakland Athletics||25||$3,000,000.00||-||n/a|
|1995 Oakland Athletics||25||$6,925,000.00||Stats||-|
|1996 Oakland Athletics||25||$7,050,000.00||Stats||-|
|1997 Oakland Athletics||25||$7,150,000.00||Stats||-|
|1997 St. Louis Cardinals||25||" "||Stats||-|
|1998 St. Louis Cardinals||25||$8,928,354.00||Stats||-|
|1999 St. Louis Cardinals||25||$9,358,667.00||Stats||-|
|2000 St. Louis Cardinals||25||$9,333,333.00||Stats||-|
|2001 St. Louis Cardinals||25||$11,000,000.00||-||-|
|Mark McGwire Stats by Baseball Almanac|
Mark David McGwire was a Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics (1986-1997) and St. Louis Cardinals (1997-2001). Big Mac, his nickname, was one of the most incredibly powerful home run hitters in baseball history, setting single season records for most home runs ( 70 in 1998 ) and most home runs by a rookie (49 in 1987 ), both since broken.
Did you know that Mark McGwire is one of only five ballplayers ( Jimmie Foxx , Rafael Palmeiro , Ken Griffey, Jr. & Manny Ramirez are the other four) in Major League history to hit at least two-hundred career home runs with two different ballclubs?
Did you know that Mark McGwire was the first player in baseball history to hit at least fifty home runs during a season where he was traded? In 1997, Big Mac hit thirty-four dingers with the Athletics , was traded to the Cardinals in late July, then hit twenty-four dingers - a Major League first.
Did you know that Mark McGwire is one-of-only three Major League players with four fifty-homer seasons, alongside Babe Ruth and Sammy Sosa in the Record Book . However, Big Mac was the first player in baseball history to hit all of his 50-homer seasons consecutively.
Did you know that Mark McGwire hit 363 of his 583 home runs in Oakland , the most career homers by any of their players in franchise history? Only one other A's player has hit at least 300 dingers, and he is in the Hall of Fame. Who was it? [ Answer ]
McGwire's 70-homer Season | January, 23, 2018 | MLB Advanced Media, L.P.
In 1998, Associated Press writer Steve Wilstein, covered the Great American Home Run Chase , an incredible long-ball battle featuring Big Mac and Sammy Sosa . After one interview, Wilstein noticed a brown bottle in Mark's locker, jotted down the writing on the label, called a doctor, and asked, "What's androstenedione?" McGwire soon after became the central figure in baseball's steroid scandal. In 2010, McGwire released the following statement:
"Now that I have become the hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals , I have the chance to do something that I wish I was able to do five years ago.
I never knew when, but I always knew this day would come. It's time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected. I used steroids during my playing career and I apologize. I remember trying steroids very briefly in the 1989/1990 off-season and then after I was injured in 1993, I used steroids again. I used them on occasion throughout the '90s, including during the 1998 season.
I wish I had never touched steroids. It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.
During the mid-'90s, I went on the DL seven times and missed 228 games over five years. I experienced a lot of injuries, including a ribcage strain, a torn left heel muscle, a stress fracture of the left heel, and a torn right heel muscle. It was definitely a miserable bunch of years and I told myself that steroids could help me recover faster. I thought they would help me heal and prevent injuries, too.
I'm sure people will wonder if I could have hit all those home runs had I never taken steroids. I had good years when I didn't take any and I had bad years when I didn't take any. I had good years when I took steroids and I had bad years when I took steroids. But no matter what, I shouldn't have done it and for that I'm truly sorry.
Baseball is really different now -- it's been cleaned up. The commissioner and the players' association implemented testing and they cracked down, and I'm glad they did.
I'm grateful to the Cardinals for bringing me back to baseball. I want to say thank you to Cardinals owner Mr. DeWitt, to my GM, John Mozeliak, and to my manager, Tony La Russa . I can't wait to put the uniform on again and to be back on the field in front of the great fans in Saint Louis. I've always appreciated their support and I intend to earn it again, this time as hitting coach. I'm going to pour myself into this job and do everything I can to help the Cardinals hitters become the best players for years to come.
After all this time, I want to come clean. I was not in a position to do that five years ago in my congressional testimony, but now I feel an obligation to discuss this and to answer questions about it. I'll do that, and then I just want to help my team."