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On this date in Cardinals history: April 4, 1998

Cardinals slugging first baseman Mark McGwire hit a homer in his fourth game in a row on this date 13 years ago to tie Willie Mays for the most consective games with a home run at the start of a season.

He started with a grand slam on opening day against the Dodgers. On April 2, McGwire homered off of Frank Lankford in the 12th inning to win the game. He homered off Mark Langston in the fifth inning April 3 against the Padres while the Cardinals lost 12-5. McGwire's three-run shot on April 4 game in a five-run sixth inning to beat San Diego that propelled the Birds to an 8-6 win.

Of course, Cardinals fans remember that the hot start was just the beginning. McGwire smashed Roger Maris' record of 61 round trippers in a season in 1998 when he hit 70 over the boards including two on the last day of the season.

It was the story of Major League Baseball that year. And it would remain the story for years to come first when Barry Bonds broke the new mark just two years later with 73 homers. And then again when McGwire refused to talk about the past in a steriod hearing in front of Congress.

McGwire finally admitted last year that he used steroids. But the revelation did nothing to help his Hall of Fame bid. It was considered to be a certainty he'd be enshrined when he retired.

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