Video: Mark McGwire Hits His First Cardinals Home Run 20 Years Ago Today

Regardless of what’s transpired since, you know you were excited to see Mark McGwire in a Cardinals uniform.

He looked good sporting the Birds on the Bat and looked even better parking taters in the seats all over Busch Memorial Stadium, the first of which came on this day in 1997:

And while the homers he gave us back then may have that imaginary asterisk attached, they were still a lot of fun to watch. Most days were fun at the ballpark at the time despite the team not reaching October during Big Mac’s initial home run crazes.

Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but there’s no denying McGwire’s early Cardinal tenure was an exciting time. Stay tuned to 101ESPN and for plenty Cardinals coverage and analysis.

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