1998 mark mcgwire


​As the 1998 season progressed, it became clear that McGwire and Sammy Sosa were on track to break Roger Maris's single-season home run record. The race to break the record first attracted media attention as the home run leader changed often throughout the season. On August 19, Sosa hit his 48th home run to move ahead of McGwire however, later that day McGwire hit his 48th and 49th home runs to regain the lead. On September 8, 1998, McGwire hit a pitch by the Cubs' Steve Trachsel over the left field wall for his record-breaking 62nd home run, setting off massive celebrations at Busch Stadium. The fact that the game was against the Cubs meant that Sosa was able to congratulate McGwire personally on his achievement. Members of Maris's family were also present at the game. The ball was given to McGwire in a ceremony on the field by the stadium worker who found it. McGwire finished the 1998 season with 70 home runs (including five in his last three games), four ahead of Sosa's 66 making for the greatest homerun chase in MLB history.

Offered for sale is an incredibly rare game used McGwire bat from that historic season. This blond Adirondack is nearly perfect. It displays McGwire’s trademarks pine tar pattern with tar at the center label and lower handle. In addition, there is pine tar transfer on the barrel from Mac’s batting gloves. The barrel displays ball marks, ink transfer marks and stitch marks. On the knob is correct stamped the model number (MAC25) along with the year (98) and batch code (528). The weight (33) is factory written on the knob. This incredible gamer remains uncracked. Mac has placed a beautiful signature on the barrel in black marker along with the inscription "70 HRs 1998". This bat has been carefully reviewed and authenticated by PSA and awarded a nearly perfect GU9.5. Authenticate 1998 McGwire gamers are almost impossible to find with a documented HR bat recently selling for more than $26,000. If you want a 98 Mac bat, this is your chance!contact us at info@vintagebats.com to purchase or for more information

Contact us at info@vintagebats.com to purchase or for more information