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MAKING HISTORY

By The Numbers

September 09, 1998

McGWIRE

Games: 145*

Homers: 62

Games left: 18

*

MARIS IN '61

Games: 144

Homers: 56

Games left: 19*

*

RUTH IN '27

Games: 144

Homers: 53

Games left: 10

*

SOSA

Games: 145

Homers: 58

Games left: 18

* Because of suspended tie games, the Yankees played 163 games in 1961 and the Cardinals have played a game not reflected in the standings.

NUMBERS

341: The distance of McGwire's record-breaking home run, his shortest home run of the season so far.

8:18: The time McGwire's shot left the park, Central time.

5,000: Number of other baseballs of note that McGwire's will join in the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.

200: Estimated crowd at The Abbey, a Seal Beach restaurant McGwire frequents, who celebrated McGwire's 62nd homer on TV. Posted capacity for the restaurant is 48.

0: Number in dollars the fans who caught McGwire's 60th, 61st and 62nd home runs demanded for the souvenirs. All returned the balls to McGwire.

1: Number of hits in six at-bats McGwire had gotten off Steve Trachsel this season before his homer.

3 1/2: Minutes Fox announcer Joe Buck remained quiet, letting the television picture tell the story after his call of the record-breaking homer.

CAREER STATISTICS *--*

Year, Team AB H HR RBI Avg. '86, Oak 53 10 3 9 .189 '87, Oak 557 161 49 118 .289 '88, Oak 550 143 32 99 .260 '89, Oak 490 113 33 95 .231 '90, Oak 523 123 39 108 .235 '91, Oak 483 97 22 75 .201 '92, Oak 467 125 42 104 .268 '93, Oak 84 28 9 24 .333 '94, Oak 135 34 9 25 .252 '95, Oak 317 87 39 90 .274 '96, Oak 423 132 52 113 .312 '97, Oak 336 104 34 81 .284 '97, StL 174 44 24 42 .253 '98, StL 451 134 62 129 .297 Totals 5073 1335 449 1112 .263

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TUESDAY'S AT-BATS

First inning: Swinging at a 3-and-0 pitch against Steve Trachsel, McGwire grounds weakly to short.

Fourth inning: McGwire hits Trachsel's first pitch over the left-field wall for home run No. 62.

Sixth inning: With a runner on second, Trachsel walks McGwire intentionally.

Eighth inning: After swinging and missing on two breaking pitches away from Don Wengert, McGwire walks.

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