The first Mark McGwire appearance in Major League Baseball was in an Oakland Athletics uniform in 1987. There, he achieved nearly instant stardom by breaking the single season homerun record for rookies. He blasted out 49 homeruns that year, establishing himself early on as one of the game’s best power hitters.
But perhaps the most memorable Mark McGwire appearance came in 1998, when he famously spent the season jockeying with Sammy Sosa to break Roger Marist’s hallowed single season home run record of 61. Then suiting up for the St. Louis Cardinals, McGwire smashed through that record as easily as he smashed through the rookie homerun record, not only breaking it, but powering the number all the way up to 70.
Sure, a few years later McGwire’s short-lived record was overtaken by Barry Bonds, but the McGwire/Sosa chase for the record remains a vital moment in Major League Baseball history, rekindling the sagging spirit of America’s national pastime and introducing an entirely new generation of fans to baseball.
**Mark McGwire Speaker**
McGwire is more than just a power hitter. He’s also a concerned philanthropist. Mark McGwire, along with his wife, established the Mark McGwire Foundation for Children to support agencies that work with children who have been sexually and physically abused. His rough childhood experience contributed to the birth of the Foundation. As a result, a Mark McGwire speaker appearance can be about more than just homeruns. He’ll be able to move your audience as he shares his dramatic life story and his endeavors to help those who have experienced the same hardships.
**Mark McGwire Appearance**
Another notable Mark McGwire appearance not on the baseball field was in an episode of Mad About You, wherein he played a ballplayer infatuated with Helen Hunt’s character. He has also appeared in an episode of The Simpsons, playing himself. His television appearances may be for entertainment, but a Mark McGwire appearance at your next corporate function will do more than just entertain your audience. He’ll both impress and inspire them.
**Mark McGwire Endorsement**
In 1999, McGwire was voted to the All-Century Team, and upon his retirement in 2001, he was uniformly characterized as “a future Hall of Famer.” Despite issues tagging along his name, McGwire remains a prominent sports figure in baseball and sports, and a Mark McGwire endorsement is sure to keep your company’s product or service in a prominent status.
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