Monday, March 31, 2014

March 31, 1998: Big Slam For Big Mac On Opening Day

     On March 31, 1998, Mark McGwire became the first Cardinal to hit a grand slam on Opening Day as he helped spark the Birds to a 6-0 victory over the Dodgers in St. Louis. This marked the first home run of the historic '98 season for McGwire who surpassed Roger Maris' record of of 61 bombs on his way to 70 which set the single season record that had stood since 1961. Only two other Cardinals players have since joined Big Mac in the opening day grand salami club: Scott Rolen in 2006 and Yadier Molina in 2010.

This picture along with the article was printed in the Southeast Missourian the following day:



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