Mark McGwire “62” Home Run Sign From Where He Hit It Behind the Leftfield Wall
The most celebrated of all baseball moments happened right here in Busch Stadium, to be marked by this 74” in diameter circular white sign with nothing on it except the magic number “62” in red. The sign, of course, commemorates Mark McGwire’s record-shattering 62nd home run on September 8th when he took an uncharacteristically short, choppy cut at a pitch by Cubs right-hander Steve Trachsel and sent a blue dart to leftfield. As the full house held its collective breath, the ball just barely squeezed over the wall just 15 feet from the left field foul pole and near the 330 foot sign -- ironically, at an estimated 341 feet, his shortest home run of the season. Distance aside, this homer was really the shot heard ‘round the world, as it came not only in front of a national television audience on ESPN, but with McGwire’s friend and rival Sosa standing in right field and Roger Maris’ family sitting in the stands at Busch Stadium. After crossing home plate, McGwire hoisted his son -- a Cardinals batboy -- in the air as pandemonium swept Busch Stadium. The game was delayed for eleven minutes in the celebration that followed, as Sosa trotted in from the outfield to leap into his friendly rival’s arms and congratulate him. Amazingly, the ball almost literally threaded a needle, flying through an area above the wall and below the overhanging sign above that measured no more than four feet. It then rattled around a narrow tunnel area until picked up by a startled young member of the team’s ground crew, who promptly returned the most famous home run ball in history to the man who hit it, rather than selling it for millions. All this is part of the lore of No. 62, and all of it is rekindled by the stark sign, which of course is small enough to fit in most any display collection, but large enough in prestige and one-of-a-kind status to increase the collection’s visual and economic value many times over. Sign is EX with minimal damage.
(Estimate $500 - $1,000)