He reached the coveted milestone in 5,487 at-bats. Babe Ruth, the next fastest, did it in 5,801. "I knew I hit it squarely, but I hit it squarely upwards," McGwire said. "We've been having a lot of wind above the stadium that's been blowing some balls back. But I wasn't sure until I saw [centre fielder Eric Owens] give up on the ball."
The brawny first baseman was mobbed by team-mates after touching the plate, circling the bases for his 43rd home run of the season, after setting the all-time record of 70 last year.