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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

McGwire Hits 58th At the Wire




ST. LOUIS, Missouri -- The revered home run record of Roger Maris remained safe for another year, but the final day of the baseball regular season still concluded with a sense of history.


With all of the invitations to baseball's playoff party claimed by Saturday, the attention turned to individual achievements Sunday and two of the game's long-standing stars reached significant milestones, one with an impressive performance and another by sitting on the bench.


Roger Clemens of Toronto finished a rare pitching Triple Crown, becoming the first pitcher in 52 years to lead the American League in wins, earned-run average and strikeouts. Tony Gwynn of San Diego tied a National League record with his eighth batting title, even though he did not play against San Francisco.


Mark McGwire hit his 58th home run, but the St. Louis Cardinals slugger still fell three short of the 61 hit by Maris for the New York Yankees in 1961.


While falling short of Maris, McGwire did tie the major-league record for homers by a right-handed batter owned by Jimmy Foxx (1932) and Hank Greenberg (1938). Only Maris and Babe Ruth (60) have ever hit more homers in a single season than McGwire.


McGwire hit 24 of his 58 homers with the Cardinals and finished with the most in the majors, two more than Ken Griffey, Jr. of Seattle, who had a single in two at-bats today against Oakland. In addition to his second AL home run title, Griffey earned his first AL RBI title with 147, three more than Tino Martinez of the Yankees.


The final postseason berth was determined Saturday when the Giants became the fourth team this century to go from worst to first when they captured their first NL West title.