St. Louis Cardinals' Mark McGwire celebrates

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On This Day: McGwire Becomes 1st Player to Hit 50 HRs in 3 Consecutive Seasons

The bat McGwire used to hit No. 50 is now in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum at Ballpark Village.

August 20, 2018 - 3:38 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - There were more than a few special moments on Mark McGwire's run to a record 70 home runs in the 1998 MLB season, but August 20 was one of the more memorable days. 

McGwire entered the day with 49 big flys that season. Then he blasted a pair of home runs during a doubleheader against the New York Mets. When he hit No. 50 off Willie Blair in the seventh inning of the first game, he became the first player in MLB history to hit 50 or more homers in three straight seasons. It's a feat that has only been matched by one player, Sammy Sosa. 

Listen the calls of homers Nos. 50 and 51 by Steve Schlanger and Mike Shannon on KMOX:

The bat McGwire used to hit No. 50 is now in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum at Ballpark Village.

Only 27 players in baseball history have hit 50 or more home runs in a season. Babe Ruth, McGwire and Sosa are the only players have accomplished the feat in four seasons.