1986 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Hits 1st Home Run Of Major League Career!!
Mark McGwire hit the first home run of his major league baseball career on this day back in 1986.
Before ‘The Bash Brothers’. Before #71. Before the steroid allegations. Before all of this, Mark McGwire was an athleticly gifted player with an elite skill of hitting the long ball.
And on this day 27 years ago, home run #1 of 583 was smacked into the outfield seats of Tiger Stadium. I doubt that the 20,000 fans in attendance thought much of this young kid from the opposing team. To them he was the enemy. And nobody knew that just 1 year later he would set the rookie record for home runs in a season with 49. And nobody there thought for a second that this guy was going to be the one to rescue the sport in 1998 when the game and it’s fan base were both spiraling downward…
But he did it. Mark McGwire became ‘Big Mac’ right in front of our eyes. And most of us enjoyed the thrilling ride that he took us on.
And it all started on this day back in 1986.
Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!!