McGwire, Mark

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Mark McGwire
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Name
McGwire, Mark Gender: M
Mark David McGwire
born on 1 October 1963 at 07:30 (= 07:30 AM )
Place Pomona, California, 34n03, 117w45
Timezone PDT h7w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 07°41' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 15°48 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 16°17'



Biography

American baseball player, known as "Big Mac", a right-handed first baseman who played for the Oakland Athletics (1986–1997) and St. Louis Cardinals (1997–2001). He has been the hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals since 2010.

He is the player who first broke records on 9/08/1998, Chicago, by hitting his 62nd home run this season, matching Roger Maris' 37-year record. Babe Ruth's former record was 60 in a season. To the wild jubilation of his fans, including his dad who was celebrating his 61st birthday, he hoisted his ten-year-old son Matthew high in the air.

The season was not over. The Cub's Sammy Sosa hit home runs No.61 and No. 62 in the same game on 9/14/1998, connecting twice against the Milwaukee Brewers to lead the Chicago Cubs to an 11-10 victory on a wild afternoon in Wrigley Field. It turned out to be a rousing great race with baseball fans hanging on to every broadcast.

On 9/27/1998, the 6' 5", 250-lb McGwire pulled ahead with his incredible 69th and 70th homers in his last game of the season for a grand finale. Both men were wildly applauded for not only setting records, but doing so with grace and style.

McGwire's humility and shyness are refreshing in a sport that has gained a bad rap for some years due to the actions of spoiled, hostile athletes. Last September, he astonished reporters by breaking into tears while discussing a charity he'd established to help abused children, to which he pledged $1 million a year from his three-year, $28.5 million contract.

One of five sons raised by dentist John McGwire and his wife, Ginger, in Claremont, California, McGwire was a model of good behavior as a high school baseball star, never late for practice or behind in his studies.

During his first season with the Oakland A's, McGwire seemed to lose his way. On the field, he was outstanding, hitting 49 home runs and winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award., but there was trouble on the home front. His three-year marriage to Kathy was faltering. Matt was born in 1987, but the couple separated a year later. After eight years of growing into his new big boots as a baseball star, McGwire reestablished his priorities and solid sense of values. Off-season, he lives within five minutes of his ex-wife and her husband, with whom he is friends, and spends whatever time he can with Matt, whom he adores.

Traded to the Cardinals late in the 1997 season, he finished with 58 home runs. He's had to learn to live with fan support and media suffocation. Kids mob him in the parking lot for autographs and people come to batting practice to see him perform. He does next to none of one-on-one interviews, turning down TV customarily. As much as he loves breaking records, his first hope is to be known as a great dad.

On 11/11/2001, McGwire announced that he will retire from the game this coming season due to ongoing injuries.

He married former pharmaceutical sales rep Stephanie Slemer, 24, on 4/20/2002.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • business associate/partner relationship with Eckersley, Dennis (born 3 October 1954). Notes: Team mates with the Oakland Athletics

Events

  • Work : Contracts, agreements 20 July 1984 (Drafted with the Oakland A's)
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  • Work : Great Achievement 7 August 1984 in Los Angeles (Won non-official Olympic silver medal with U.S. baseball team)
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  • Work : New Job 22 August 1986 in Bronx (Major League Baseball debut)
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  • Work : Gain social status 1987 (Rookie of the Year award)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1987 (Son Matthew born)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1988 (Separated from Kathy)
  • Work : Prize 28 October 1989 in San Francisco (Won the World Series with the Oakland A's)
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  • Relationship : Difficult period 1991 (Personal relationship slump)
  • Social : Joined group 31 July 1998 (Traded to the St. Louis Cardinals)
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  • Work : Great Achievement 27 September 1998 (Record 70 home runs in one season)
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  • Work : Retired 7 October 2001 at 1:12 PM in St.Louis (Final Major League Baseball game)
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  • Work : Retired 11 November 2001 (Announced retirement plans)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 20 April 2002 (Stephanie Slemer)
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  • Work : Prize 28 October 2011 in St.Louis (Won the World Series as hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals)
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Source Notes

Cynthia Withers quotes B.C. for 1963 in 12/2000. She had given a prior date of 1960 on 10/1998 which proved to be a typo.

Categories

  • Traits : Body : Hair (Red)
  • Traits : Body : Size (6' 5")
  • Traits : Body : Weight (250 lb.)
  • Family : Childhood : Family supportive
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second of five boys)
  • Family : Relationship : Divorce friendly
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Extraordinarily nurturing
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One son)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist ($1 million a year for child abuse)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Vocation : Sports : Baseball (Pro, award winning)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Gross motor control
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (Rookie of the Year)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Broke homerun record)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession

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