Big Mac Attack
Sept. 8, 1998 - On the day that the Dow Jones made history with its biggest one-day point gain ever (380), Mark McGwire also stepped into history. In the Cardinals' 145th game, Big Mac scorched a low line drive off the Cubs' Steve Traschel for his 62nd homer of the season, breaking Roger Maris' record.
The drive was estimated at 341 feet, the shortest homer the St. Louis first baseman had hit this year. On his glorious trip around the bases, McGwire slapped hands with the Chicago infielders, tapped his heart and pointed to the sky when he reached home plate and lifted his 10-year-old son Matt, who was serving as batboy, in a bear hug.
His teammates streamed from the dugout and he hugged them, as well as the Cubs' Sammy Sosa, who trotted in from rightfield. Then McGwire climbed into the Busch Stadium stands near the Cardinals' dugout and embraced members of the Maris family, including the late outfielder's four sons and two daughters.
McGwire, who repeatedly said that he truly believes Maris was "watching and walking with me," will finish the season with 70 home runs.
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