The then 37-year-old McGwire, a 12-time All-Star who swatted a home run at a record pace of once every 10.61 at bats, was selected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.
“Big Mac,” who hit 49 dingers during his rookie season with the Oakland Athletics in 1987, compiled 583 homers and 1,414 RBI before vacating the diamond.
The 6-foot-5, 215 pound McGwire, who batted a paltry .187 in his final campaign in the “Rome of the West,” is most famous for shattering Roger Maris’ single season home run record in 1998.
Somewhat sadly, McGwire, who acknowledged taking androstenedione when pursuing Maris’ mark, proved to be a yellow weasel by tearfully declining to answer questions related to steroids while under oath before the House Government Reform Committee in March 2005.
Five years after “Big Mac’s” embarrassingly pink showing in front of the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, the redheaded charlatan finally exhibited a granule of testicular fortitude and admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career.
As one of the primary faces of the dreaded Steroid Era, McGwire will always be recalled as a bush league ballplayer that lacked a shred of integrity.
Fortunately, the sport of baseball became a tad cleaner when Mark McGwire slithered away more than a decade ago this week.by