Originally created 05/26/98

McGwire hits his way into history



ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire became the first player in major-league history to hit 25 home runs before June 1 when he connected in the first inning of Monday's game against the Colorado Rockies. It was the Cardinals' only run in a 6-1 loss.

McGwire, on pace to hit 83 homers with 202 RBI, hit a 2-2 pitch from John Thomson off a Stadium Club window just below Big Mac Land, the section in the upper deck in left field named for him by a fast-food restaurant. He has four home runs in the last three days and nine in the last seven. The latest blast was measured at 433 feet.

He had entered the day tied with Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players in major-league history to hit 24 home runs before June 1. McGwire has 61 RBI, tied for the major-league lead with Juan Gonzalez of Texas going into Monday night's game.