This Day In Sports History (September 8th) – Mark McGwire
It was on this day in 1998 that Mark McGwire hit his 62nd home run of the season. McGwire broke the record of Roger Maris, which held up for an incredible 37 years.
In 1998, both Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were hitting home runs at a record setting pace and it was a race to see who would get to 62 first. On September 8th at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals were facing Sosa’s Cubs in a game that was nationally televised. In the fourth inning, with none on and two out, McGwire smacked an 0-2 pitch from Steve Trachsel just over the left field wall for the record breaking home run. McGwire was greeted at home plate by his son, his team-mates and eventually Sammy Sosa, who all congratulated him on his amazing accomplishment.
McGwire ended the 1998 season with 70 home runs, while Sosa finished just four behind with 66. Many believed this record would last a long time, but just three short years later, Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs to set the new record, which still stands to this day.
Here is McGwire hitting his 62nd home run.
Clarence Weatherspoon, NBA – Born September 8th 1970 (age 41) in Crawford, Mississippi
Marco Sturm, NHL – Born September 8th 1978 (age 33) in Dingolfing, West Germany
Gil Meche, MLB – Born September 8th 1978 (age 33) in Lafayette, Louisiana