Mark McGwire is known as one of the greatest power hitters in the history of baseball. A longtime member of the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals, McGwire spent three years as the single-season home run king and currently presides over the greatest at-bats-to-home-run ratio of all time (one HR every 10.61 at bats). He led the league in home runs five times, in addition to being a 12-time All-Star and a two-time World Series champion.
Today (Oct. 1), on Mark McGwire's 53rd birthday, we look back at the 10 longest home runs of his career.
10. August 22, 1997, 500 feet
This triple-deck blast at Pro Player Stadium in Miami was hit off of Billy Wagner.
9. August 30, 1998, 501 feet
Dennis Martinez served up a perfect pitch for McGwire to hammer as cameras flashed throughout Busch Stadium.
8. September 2, 1997, 504 feet
In another Busch Stadium classic, McGwire took Tony Saunders toss deep to left-center field.
7. August 26, 1998, 509 feet
Justin Speier immediately knew he made a mistake as McGwire sent this beauty of a shot to straightaway center field.
6. July 17, 1998, 511 feet
Big Mac lived up to his name as he launched this ball into the upper deck off of Brian Bohanon.
5. April 20, 1997, 514 feet
Brian Moehler was McGwire’s victim in this early-season rocket of a shot in which McGwire became the 4th player to reach the roof of Tiger Stadium.
4. September 16, 1997, 517 feet
Mark got hold of this one and ricocheted it off of his own name on the board against Ramon Martinez and the Dodgers.
3. May 12, 1998, 527 feet
Sometimes Big Mac would make it look so easy that the cameraman had trouble following the ball, as in this moonshot against Paul Wagner.
2. June 24, 1997, 538 feet
A college teammate at USC, Randy Johnson was also victim to one of McGwire’s greatest hits, an absolute bomb into the upper reaches of the Kingdome.
1. May 16, 1998, 545 feet
For his greatest act, Mark McGwire unleashes a towering smash to center field against Livan Hernandez for a whopping 545 foot home run. Insane!