Legends of the Game: Mark McGwire

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Today’s Legends of the Game is Mark McGwire.

YEAR  AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1986   22   -3   -2   -1  .259  .377  .636  .342   3.07  .189   3    9    0   18  A's          
1987   23   56   62   -6  .370  .618  .987  .761   8.54  .289  49  118    1  151  A's          
1988   24   16   28  -12  .352  .478  .830  .652   5.82  .260  32   99    0  155  A's          
1989   25    5    8   -3  .339  .467  .806  .548   4.92  .231  33   95    1  143  A's          
1990   26   34   39   -5  .370  .489  .859  .707   6.30  .235  39  108    2  156  A's          
1991   27    4    1    3  .330  .383  .714  .504   4.26  .201  22   75    2  154  A's          
1992   28   45   51   -6  .385  .585  .970  .759   8.06  .268  42  104    0  139  A's          
1993   29   20   20    0  .467  .726 1.193  .888  13.97  .333   9   24    0   27  A's          
1994   30    5    9   -4  .413  .474  .887  .673   7.27  .252   9   25    0   47  A's          
1995   31   59   57    2  .441  .685 1.125  .820  10.98  .274  39   90    1  104  A's          
1996   32   77   83   -6  .467  .730 1.198  .818  12.97  .312  52  113    0  130  A's          
1997   33   53   62   -9  .393  .646 1.039  .741   9.33  .274  58  123    3  156  A's/Cardinals
1998   34  113  118   -5  .470  .752 1.222  .852  13.90  .299  70  147    1  155  Cardinals    
1999   35   77   76    1  .424  .697 1.120  .762  10.85  .278  65  147    0  153  Cardinals    
2000   36   58   55    3  .483  .746 1.229  .843  14.21  .305  32   73    1   89  Cardinals    
2001   37   -6   -2   -4  .316  .492  .808  .471   4.96  .187  29   64    0   97  Cardinals    
CAREER     613  665  -52  .394  .588  .982  .737   8.47  .263 583 1414   12 1874  
LG AVG       0    0    0  .332  .413  .745  .500   4.72  .261 174  774  128 

1) McGwire ranks 4th in career RCAA and 7th in career TRAA among 1B.

MOST CAREER RCAA, 1B

1    Lou Gehrig                 1247   Yankees
2    Jimmie Foxx                 951   A's/Red Sox/Cubs/Phillies
3    Jeff Bagwell                680   Astros
T4   Mark McGwire                667   A's/Cardinals
T4   Johnny Mize                 667   Cardinals/Giants/Yankees
6    Albert Pujols               598   Cardinals/Angels
7    Willie McCovey              536   Giants/Padres/A's/Giants
8    Todd Helton                 528   Rockies
T9   Carlos Delgado              505   Blue Jays/Marlins/Mets
T9   Frank Thomas                505   White Sox/A's/Blue Jays/A's

MOT CAREER TRAA, 1B

1    Lou Gehrig                 1189   Yankees
2    Jimmie Foxx                 982   A's/Red Sox/Cubs/Phillies
3    Albert Pujols               733   Cardinals/Angels
4    Jeff Bagwell                721   Astros
5    Johnny Mize                 657   Cardinals/Giants/Yankees
6    Todd Helton                 620   Rockies
7    Mark McGwire                616   A's/Cardinals
8    Bill Terry                  571   Giants
9    Hank Greenberg              531   Tigers/Pirates
10   Eddie Murray                519   Orioles/Dodgers/Mets/Indians/Orioles/Angels/Dodgers

2) McGwire ranks 10th on the career HR list and is 4th vs. the league average.

MOST CAREER HOMERUNS

1    Barry Bonds                 762   Pirates/Giants
2    Hank Aaron                  755   Braves/Brewers
3    Babe Ruth                   714   Red Sox/Yankees/Braves
4    Willie Mays                 660   Giants/Mets
5    Alex Rodriguez              654   Mariners/Rangers/Yankees
6    Ken Griffey Jr.             630   Mariners/Reds/White Sox/Mariners
7    Jim Thome                   612   Indians/Phillies/White Sox/Dodgers/Twins/Indians/Phillies/Orioles
8    Sammy Sosa                  609   Rangers/White Sox/Cubs/Orioles/Rangers
9    Frank Robinson              586   Reds/Orioles/Dodgers/Angels/Indians
10   Mark McGwire                583   A's/Cardinals

MOST CAREER HOMERUNS ABOVE THE LEAGUE AVERAGE

HOMERUNS                        DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Babe Ruth                   608      714      106   Red Sox/Yankees/Braves
2    Barry Bonds                 509      762      253   Pirates/Giants
3    Hank Aaron                  452      755      303   Braves/Brewers
4    Mark McGwire                409      583      174   A's/Cardinals
5    Jimmie Foxx                 385      534      149   A's/Red Sox/Cubs/Phillies
T6   Lou Gehrig                  365      493      128   Yankees
T6   Ted Williams                365      521      156   Red Sox
8    Willie Mays                 364      660      296   Giants/Mets
9    Mike Schmidt                358      548      190   Phillies
10   Mickey Mantle               356      536      180   Yankees

3) McGwire ranks 2nd all time in most HR above the league average, among right handed hitters.

MOST CAREER HOMERUNS ABOVE THE LEAGUE AVERAGE, RIGHT HANDED HITTERS

HOMERUNS                        DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Hank Aaron                  452      755      303   Braves/Brewers
2    Mark McGwire                409      583      174   A's/Cardinals
3    Jimmie Foxx                 385      534      149   A's/Red Sox/Cubs/Phillies
4    Willie Mays                 364      660      296   Giants/Mets
5    Mike Schmidt                358      548      190   Phillies
6    Harmon Killebrew            352      573      221   Senators/Twins/Royals
7    Alex Rodriguez              338      654      316   Mariners/Rangers/Yankees
8    Sammy Sosa                  337      609      272   Rangers/White Sox/Cubs/Orioles/Rangers
9    Frank Robinson              327      586      259   Reds/Orioles/Dodgers/Angels/Indians
10   Manny Ramirez               315      555      240   Indians/Red Sox/Dodgers/White Sox/Rays

4) McGwire holds the A’s record for career HR and career HR above the league average.

MOST CAREER HOMERUNS, A'S

1    Mark McGwire                363   
2    Jimmie Foxx                 302   
3    Reggie Jackson              269   
4    Jose Canseco                254   
5    Bob Johnson                 252   
6    Eric Chavez                 230   
7    Al Simmons                  209   
8    Jason Giambi                198   
9    Sal Bando                   192   
10   Gus Zernial                 191   

MOST CAREER HOMERUNS ABOVE THE LEAGUE AVERAGE, A'S

HOMERUNS                        DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Mark McGwire                247      363      116   
2    Jimmie Foxx                 225      302       77   
3    Reggie Jackson              163      269      106   
4    Jose Canseco                152      254      102   
5    Bob Johnson                 148      252      104   
6    Al Simmons                  132      209       77   
7    Gus Zernial                 113      191       78   
8    Jason Giambi                 85      198      113   
9    Sam Chapman                  81      174       93   
10   Eric Chavez                  80      230      150   

5) McGwire is 6th on the Cardinals career HR list and 3rd vs. the league average.

MOST CAREER HOMERUNS, CARDINALS

1    Stan Musial                 475   
2    Albert Pujols               445   
3    Ken Boyer                   255   
4    Jim Edmonds                 241   
5    Ray Lankford                228   
6    Mark McGwire                220   
7    Rogers Hornsby              193   
8    Jim Bottomley               181   
9    Ted Simmons                 172   
10   Johnny Mize                 158   

MOST CAREER HOMERUNS ABOVE THE LEAGUE AVERAGE, CARDINALS

HOMERUNS                        DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Albert Pujols               273      445      172   
2    Stan Musial                 241      475      234   
3    Mark McGwire                162      220       58   
4    Rogers Hornsby              144      193       49   
5    Jim Edmonds                 128      241      113   
6    Johnny Mize                 107      158       51   
7    Jim Bottomley                99      181       82   
8    Joe Medwick                  82      152       70   
9    Chick Hafey                  78      127       49   
10   Ray Lankford                 77      228      151   

6) McGwire ranks 2nd on the single season HR list and the single season HR above the league average list, with other appearance(s) in the top 10.

MOST HOMERUNS, SINGLE SEASON

HOMERUNS                      YEAR     HR     
1    Barry Bonds              2001       73   Giants
2    Mark McGwire             1998       70   Cardinals
3    Sammy Sosa               1998       66   Cubs
4    Mark McGwire             1999       65   Cardinals
5    Sammy Sosa               2001       64   Cubs
6    Sammy Sosa               1999       63   Cubs
7    Roger Maris              1961       61   Yankees
8    Babe Ruth                1927       60   Yankees
9    Babe Ruth                1921       59   Yankees
T10  Hank Greenberg           1938       58   Tigers
T10  Jimmie Foxx              1932       58   A's
T10  Ryan Howard              2006       58   Phillies
T10  Mark McGwire             1997       58   A's/Cardinals

MOST HOMERUNS ABOVE THE LEAGUE AVERAGE, SINGLE SEASON 

HOMERUNS                      YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Barry Bonds              2001       61       73       12   Giants
2    Mark McGwire             1998       55       70       15   Cardinals
3    Babe Ruth                1927       54       60        6   Yankees
4    Babe Ruth                1921       51       59        8   Yankees
5    Babe Ruth                1920       48       54        6   Yankees
T6   Babe Ruth                1928       47       54        7   Yankees
T6   Sammy Sosa               1998       47       66       19   Cubs
T6   Mark McGwire             1999       47       65       18   Cardinals
9    Sammy Sosa               2001       46       64       18   Cubs
10   Roger Maris              1961       45       61       16   Yankees

7) McGwire ranks 5th on the Cardinals single season RCAA and TRAA lists.

MOST RCAA, SINGLE SEASON, CARDINALS

RCAA                          YEAR    RCAA    
1    Rogers Hornsby           1924      123   
2    Stan Musial              1948      120   
T3   Rogers Hornsby           1922      119   
T3   Rogers Hornsby           1925      119   
5    Mark McGwire             1998      118   
6    Rogers Hornsby           1921      102   
7    Albert Pujols            2003      101   
8    Stan Musial              1951       97   
9    Stan Musial              1946       94   
10   Joe Medwick              1937       92   

MOST TRAA, SINGLE SEASON, CARDINALS

TRAA                          YEAR    TRAA    
1    Rogers Hornsby           1924      139   
2    Stan Musial              1948      120   
3    Rogers Hornsby           1921      119   
4    Albert Pujols            2009      115   
5    Mark McGwire             1998      113   
6    Albert Pujols            2008      111   
7    Rogers Hornsby           1925      110   
8    Jesse Burkett            1901      104   
9    Stan Musial              1951      102   
10   Albert Pujols            2003       97   

8) McGwire is 2nd in AL West history for career HR and holds the record for career HR above the league average.

MOST CAREER HOMERUNS, AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

HOMERUNS                        HR     
1    Ken Griffey Jr.             417   Mariners
2    Juan Gonzalez               372   Rangers
3    Mark McGwire                363   A's
4    Reggie Jackson              362   A's/Angels/A's
5    Alex Rodriguez              345   Mariners/Rangers
6    Rafael Palmeiro             321   Rangers
7    George Brett                317   Royals
8    Edgar Martinez              309   Mariners
9    Jay Buhner                  307   Mariners
T10  Jose Canseco                299   A's/Rangers/A's
T10  Tim Salmon                  299   Angels

MOST CAREER HOMERUNS ABOVE THE LEAGUE AVERAGE, AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

HOMERUNS                        DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Mark McGwire                247      363      116   A's
2    Ken Griffey Jr.             241      417      176   Mariners
3    Juan Gonzalez               214      372      158   Rangers
4    Reggie Jackson              198      362      164   A's/Angels/A's
5    Alex Rodriguez              185      345      160   Mariners/Rangers
6    Jose Canseco                177      299      122   A's/Rangers/A's
7    Jay Buhner                  159      307      148   Mariners
8    Rafael Palmeiro             153      321      168   Rangers
9    Kent Hrbek                  133      283      150   Twins
10   George Brett                112      317      205   Royals

9) McGwire ranks 9th in career OPS and 10th in OPS above the league average. (min: 7500 PA).

HIGHEST CAREER OPS

1    Babe Ruth                 1.164   Red Sox/Yankees/Braves
2    Ted Williams              1.116   Red Sox
3    Lou Gehrig                1.080   Yankees
4    Barry Bonds               1.051   Pirates/Giants
5    Jimmie Foxx               1.038   A's/Red Sox/Cubs/Phillies
6    Rogers Hornsby            1.010   Cardinals/Giants/Braves/Cubs/Cardinals/Browns
7    Albert Pujols              .999   Cardinals/Angels
8    Manny Ramirez              .996   Indians/Red Sox/Dodgers/White Sox/Rays
9    Mark McGwire               .982   A's/Cardinals
10   Mickey Mantle              .977   Yankees

HIGHEST CAREER OPS ABOVE THE LEAGUE AVERAGE

OPS                             DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Babe Ruth                  .405    1.164     .758   Red Sox/Yankees/Braves
2    Ted Williams               .323    1.116     .792   Red Sox
3    Lou Gehrig                 .311    1.080     .769   Yankees
4    Barry Bonds                .303    1.051     .748   Pirates/Giants
5    Rogers Hornsby             .273    1.010     .737   Cardinals/Giants/Braves/Cubs/Cardinals/Browns
6    Mickey Mantle              .258     .977     .719   Yankees
7    Jimmie Foxx                .257    1.038     .781   A's/Red Sox/Cubs/Phillies
8    Albert Pujols              .245     .999     .754   Cardinals/Angels
9    Ty Cobb                    .242     .945     .703   Tigers/A's
10   Mark McGwire               .238     .982     .745   A's/Cardinals

10) McGwire led the majors in HR during 4 10-year spans and the AL twice.

MAJORS
1987-96  Mark McGwire                326   A's
1988-97  Mark McGwire                335   A's/Cardinals
1989-98  Mark McGwire                373   A's/Cardinals
1990-99  Mark McGwire                405   A's/Cardinals

AL
1987-96  Mark McGwire                326   A's
1988-97  Mark McGwire                311   A's

All stats in the ATM reports are generated using the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explicitly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, is supplied by Baseball Prospectus.

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