Mark McGwire was the second of three straight American League Rookie of the Year winners fielded by the Oakland Athletics from 1986-1988. In winning the 1987 ROY Award, McGwire slugged .6176 to lead the majors, hit 49 home runs to lead the American League matching Andre Dawson in the National League, was selected to his first of 12 All-Star Games, and finished 6th in AL Most Valuable Player voting.
Injuries plagued McGwire during his prime years, but he experienced a resurgence in his mid-30’s with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1998 he became the first ball player to hit 70 home runs in a single season, batted in 147 runs, slugged .752, and had an OPS of 1.222. Unfortunately, this power surge is widely viewed as the beginning of the steroid era of major league baseball and McGwire’s numbers are generally dismissed.
McGwire ranks in the Top 10 Batters in Athletics team history in the following career categories:
- Home Runs – 363 (1st all time)
- Slugging – .551 (3rd all time)
- On Base plus Slugging – .931 (4th all time)
- RBIs – 941 (4th all time)
- Total Bases – 2,451 (7th all time)
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