The votes have been totaled and former Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire was not elected to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame 2007 class.
One of the greatest power hitters of this era, McGwire is seventh on the all-time home runs list with 583. He played in parts of 16 seasons from 1986 to 2001. Big Mac was named American League Rookie of the Year in 1987 after hitting 49 home runs and driving in 118 runs with the Oakland Athletics. McGwire and Oakland teammate Jose Canseco formed the “Bash Brothers” and helped the A’s to three consecutive World Series appearances (1988-1990) with one championship in 1989.
In 1998 McGwire broke Roger Maris’ single-season home run record with 70. The next year, McGwire hit 65 home runs and drove in 147 runs for the second straight season.
The 12 time All-Star never won an MVP award. His legacy was greatly marred with speculation that he used performing enhancing drugs during his career. Many fans and voters grew weary of McGwire when he gave false testimony during a Congressional hearing on steroid use in the Major Leagues.
Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn were both elected into the Hall of Fame.