Today in Sports History: September 10

In 1997, Mark McGwire joined Babe Ruth as one of the only players to hit 50 home runs in two consecutive years. One of the most prolific home run hitters ever, McGwire holds the no. 2 (70) and no. 4 (65) spot for most HRs hit in a season. McGwire’s patience and 6’5ft frame provided him great success en route to a career 583 home runs. Over his 16 season career, McGwire played for the Oakland Athletics (1986-1997) and the St.Louis Cardinals (1997-2001). In 1989, McGwire helped the Athletics win their most recent and first World Series since 1972. The Athletics swept the San Francisco Giants 4-0. A 12x All-Star, 5x MLB home run leader, and 3x Silver Slugger Award winner, McGwire made the decision to retire in 2001 due to ongoing injuries. However, McGwire returned to the game as a coach for the St.Louis Cardinals in 2010. The Cardinals subsequently won the 2011 World Series, making McGwire a 2x champion. 

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