70 Single Season Home Runs by Mark McGwire

Mark McGwire had been known throughout his career as a great home run hitter. In 1998, he changed the record books as the whole world watched. He, and Chicago Cub Sammy Sosa, brought back memories of the 1961 Mickey Mantle / Roger Maris home run race. McGwire eventually "won" by hitting the record breaking sixty-second homer seven days before Sosa. McGwire went around the bases eight more times before season's end, leaving the new record at seventy.

McGwire began going over the fence as early as March. He hit consistently through the summer, jockeying for the National League lead with Sosa. The two faced a mass of media, as every eye in the country turned to see who would win the place in the record books. On September 8, McGwire did just that as he hit an 88 mile per hour fastball off of Steve Trachsel of the Chicago Cubs. Sosa was there to celebrate the milestone; he celebrated his own five days later. McGwire and Sosa capped their seasons as the co-holders of Sports Illustrated's Sportsmen of the Year.

McGwire later admitted to using the steroid Androstenedione during his record setting year, among others. Since his retirement in 2001, McGwire has kept a low profile, marrying the following April. McGwire may have been known as Big Mac by his teammates, but during the 1998 season he was known as the Babe Ruth of the nineteen-nineties.

"I threw a ninety-seven mile per hour pitch to (Mark) McGwire, and it went out at a hundred and ten!" -Randy Johnson
70 Single Season Home Runs by Mark McGwire
"The Big 70"

Mark McGwire

In Numerical Order

# Date / Box Pitcher Length
1 03-31-1998

Ramon Martinez

364'
2 04-02-1998

Frank Lankford

368'
3 04-03-1998

Mark Langston

364'
4 04-04-1998

Don Wengert

419'
5 04-14-1998

Jeff Suppan

424'
6 04-14-1998

Jeff Suppan

347'
7 04-14-1998

Barry Manuel

462'
8 04-17-1998

Matt Whiteside

419'
9 04-21-1998

Trey Moore

437'
10 04-25-1998

Jerry Spradlin

419'
11 04-30-1998

Marc Pisciotta

371'
12 05-01-1998

Rod Beck

362'
13 05-08-1998

Rick Reed

358'
14 05-12-1998

Paul Wagner

527'
15 05-14-1998

Kevin Millwood

381'
16 05-16-1998

Livan Hernandez

545'
17 05-18-1998

Jesus Sanchez

478'
18 05-19-1998

Tyler Green

440'
19 05-19-1998

Tyler Green

471'
20 05-19-1998

Wayne Gomes

451'
21 05-22-1998

Mark Gardner

425'
22 05-23-1998

Rich Rodriguez

366'
23 05-23-1998

John Johnstone

477'
24 05-24-1998

Robb Nen

397'
25 05-25-1998

John Thomson

433'
26 05-29-1998

Dan Miceli

388'
27 05-30-1998

Andy Ashby

423'
28 06-05-1998

Orel Hershiser

409'
29 06-08-1998

Jason Bere

356'
30 06-10-1998

Jim Parque

409'
31 06-12-1998

Andy Benes

438'
32 06-17-1998

Jose Lima

437'
33 06-18-1998

Shane Reynolds

449'
34 06-24-1998

Jaret Wright

433'
35 06-25-1998

Dave Burba

461'
36 06-27-1998

Mike Trombley

431'
37 06-30-1998

Glendon Rusch

472'
38 07-11-1998

Billy Wagner

485'
39 07-12-1998

Sean Bergman

405'
40 07-12-1998

Scott Elarton

415'
41 07-17-1998

Brian Bohanon

511'
42 07-17-1998

Antonio Osuna

425'
43 07-20-1998

Brian Boehringer

452'
44 07-26-1998

John Thomson

452'
45 07-28-1998

Mike Myers

408'
46 08-08-1998

Mark Clark

374'
47 08-11-1998

Bobby Jones

464'
48 08-19-1998

Matt Karchner

398'
49 08-19-1998

Terry Mulholland

409'
50 08-20-1998

Willie Blair

369'
51 08-20-1998

Rick Reed

393'
52 08-22-1998

Francisco Cordova

477'
53 08-23-1998

Ricardo Rincon

393'
54 08-26-1998

Justin Speier

509'
55 08-30-1998

Dennis Martinez

501'
56 09-01-1998

Livan Hernandez

450'
57 09-01-1998

Donn Pall

472'
58 09-02-1998

Brian Edmondson

497'
59 09-02-1998

Rob Stanifer

458'
60 09-05-1998

Dennys Reyes

381'
61 09-07-1998

Mike Morgan

430'
62 09-08-1998

Steve Trachsel

341'
63 09-15-1998

Jason Christiansen

385'
64 09-18-1998

Rafael Roque

423'
65 09-20-1998

Scott Karl

423'
66 09-25-1998

Shayne Bennett

375'
67 09-26-1998

Dustin Hermanson

403'
68 09-26-1998

Kirk Bullinger

435'
69 09-27-1998

Mike Thurman

377'
70 09-27-1998

Carl Pavano

370'

The Mark McGwire Big 70



On May 8, 1998, Mark McGwire hit career home run number four-hundred in his four-thousand seven-hundred twenty-sixth at bat, which was faster than any other player in history.

Did you know that on May 16, 1998, Livan Hernandez got rocked for the longest home run of the 1998 season, an estimated shot of five-hundred forty-five feet?

Mark McGwire hit single season home run number fifty on August 20, 1998, becoming the first Major League ballplayer in history with three consecutive fifty plus home run seasons.