IAL Hall of Fame: Mark McGwire

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Mark McGwire

Firstbaseman

inducted in 2004

Drafted by the Twin City Thunderchickens in 1988, Mark McGwire hit 54 homeruns (a rookie record) and drove in 166 runs in addition to hitting .314 and scoring 122 runs.

In 1999 everything seemed to go right, McGwire had a monster year, he entered the last game of the season tied with Rafael Palmeiro for the IAL single season record of homeruns with 69, Mark hit #70 in his last at bat.  In addition, he had career highs in runs (138), rbis (174), and walks (152).  The Twin City Thunderchickens were spirited away to victory, with a 2nd place finish, and an IAL World Championship.

It would seem difficult to repeat the excitement of 1999’s homerun race, but McGwire didn’t disappoint in 2000.  Once again, he entered game 162 tied with the record he had set the year prior. And once again, dramatics prevailed as he waited until his very last at-bat of the season to break his own record.  That record stands today.  McGwire also banged out 159 rbis to go with his 71 homeruns.

In 2002, McGwire hit a homerun in his last at-bat of his career.

Mark McGwire finished with 591 career homeruns, second all-time. At the time of his induction he was 6th in RBIs with 1,436, fourth in walks with 1,162, and was third in slugging percentage.

YEAR

CLUB

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB

AVG

SLG

OBP

1988 TCHIX 151 554 122 174 25 2 54 166 85 122 0 .314 .659 .405
1989 TCHIX 150 549 73 131 19 5 28 87 62 122 0 .239 .444 .316
1990 TCHIX 138 483 59 84 22 0 26 64 66 93 0 .174 .381 .273
1991 TCHIX 154 520 88 120 20 1 44 106 102 116 0 .231 .527 .357
1992 TCHIX 151 483 54 93 26 0 23 63 95 120 0 .193 .389 .325
1993 TCHIX 136 467 85 110 14 2 41 107 69 109 0 .236 .537 .334
1994 TCHIX 26 84 23 23 3 0 10 18 22 24 0 .274 .667 .425
1995 TCHIX 66 67 5 14 4 0 3 6 13 23 0 .209 .403 .338
1996 TCHIX 112 319 83 81 8 0 43 92 99 84 0 .254 .683 .431
1997 TCHIX 126 423 100 135 20 0 53 125 91 101 0 .319 .742 .440
1998 TCHIX 155 548 99 140 25 0 56 131 83 149 0 .255 .608 .353
1999 TCHIX 155 508 138 144 23 0 70 174 152 148 1 .283 .742 .448
2000 TCHIX 146 518 113 149 19 0 71 159 104 127 0 .288 .736 .407
2001 TCHIX 85 234 72 77 11 0 39 81 75 77 0 .329 .876 .492
2002 TCHIX 91 279 52 64 2 0 30 57 44 117 0 .229 .559 .334
15 Totals 1842 6036 1166 1539 241 10 591 1436 1162 1532 1 .255 .592 .375

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