August 8, 1997: Mark McGwire hits his first Cardinals home run in his Busch Stadium debut

Cardinals fans welcomed Mark McGwire with a standing ovation prior to his first at-bat at Busch Stadium. In his second at-bat, McGwire returned the favor, blasting a 441-foot home run for his first home run wearing the birds on the bat. McGwire’s was the second of back-to-back home runs as the Cardinals defeated the PhilliesContinue reading “August 8, 1997: Mark McGwire hits his first Cardinals home run in his Busch Stadium debut”

July 31, 1997: Cardinals trade for Mark McGwire

On July 31, 1997, the Cardinals made the deadline deal of deadline deals, acquiring first baseman Mark McGwire from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for pitchers Eric Ludwick, T.J. Mathews, and Blake Stein. Heading into the final day before the trade deadline, Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that there wasContinue reading “July 31, 1997: Cardinals trade for Mark McGwire”

July 26, 1998: McGwire’s 44th home run breaks Johnny Mize’s 1940 record

Mark McGwire’s pursuit of Babe Ruth and Roger Maris took him past Johnny Mize before the 1998 calendar turned to August. On July 26, McGwire’s 44th home run of the season of the season broke the franchise record set by Johnny Mize in 1940. The blast, which came in the Cardinals’ 104th game of theContinue reading “July 26, 1998: McGwire’s 44th home run breaks Johnny Mize’s 1940 record”

March 31, 1998: Mark McGwire grand slam lifts Cardinals to season-opening win

Mark McGwire had a grand time in his first opening day with the St. Louis Cardinals. Eight months earlier, McGwire arrived in St. Louis in a trade that sent Erick Ludwick, T.J. Mathews, and Blake Stein to the Oakland Athletics. In his final 51 games of the 1997 season, McGwire hit 24 home runs forContinue reading “March 31, 1998: Mark McGwire grand slam lifts Cardinals to season-opening win”