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Mark McGwire’s 1998 Home Run Record

This post is to complete a decode I started 23 years ago.


In 1998, Mark McGwire broke a significant baseball record that had stood for nearly four decades by hitting his 62nd home run in a season. The previous mark was held by 3-time World Series champion Roger Maris.

The Yankee great’s full name was Roger Eugene Maris.

"Roger Eugene Maris" = 1412 (Trigonal)

Roger Eugene Maris was a span of exactly 1412 weeks old when he hit his record-breaking 61st home run:

Maris would later die on December 14th, the date written 14/12:


At the start of the 1961 Major League Baseball season, the single-season home run record was 60 by Babe Ruth. That year, Roger Maris would go on to chase and break that mark.

Roger Maris = 60, Maris = 60

On the final day of the ’61 season, the Yankee hit #61.

"Yankee" = 61 (English Ordinal)

61 minutes on a clock is 1:01. Roger hit his 61st home run on 10/1 – exactly two years later on that same date, Mark McGwire was born:

The record remain untouched for over three decades until Mark McGwire hit his 61st home run of the season for the St. Louis Cardinals, the team that Maris finished his career with, on the same date his father John was celebrating his 61st birthday:The landmark shot provided a nice present to McGwire's father, John. He was sitting in the stands celebrating his birthday -- No. 61, naturally.

"John" = 61 (Reverse Ordinal)

"St. Louis Cardinals" = 61 (Full Reduction)

John McGwire died late last year on a date with numerology of 61:(12) + (29) + (20) = 61

Maris hit his 61 home runs in 161 games. Intriguingly, Mark McGwire‘s full name has gematria of 161, matching Ninety-eight, the year he first hit 61. This connects to Maris’s birthplace of Hibbing, Minnesota.

61 is the 18th Prime number

Roger Eugene Maris = 180, Most home runs = 180, Major League = 108

"baseball" = 108 (Franc Baconis)

Mark McGwire‘s full name sums to 100 and 80, similar to Cardinals, the team he broke the record with.

Mark David McGwire = 100 and 80

"Cardinals" = 81 (English Ordinal)

That season, McGwire was in a race with Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa, who also has 81 and 108 gematria.

Samuel Peralta Sosa = 81 and 108

John McGwire’s death also fell on a date with numerology of 81 and 18:(12) + (29) + (20) + (20) = 81 and 18


“666” Riddle

"Roger Eugene Maris" = 252 (Reverse Ordinal)

Roger = 252 Extended and 36 Reduction

Mark McGwire made his Major League debut a span of 252 days (or 36 weeks) after Maris died:

John McGwire passed away 252 days (or exactly 36 weeks) before his birthday:

The 36th Triangular number is 666

"McGwire" = 666 (Reverse English Sumerian)

Roger Maris played for the Yankees from 6066.

Roger Maris = 60 and 66, Roger Eugene Maris = 90 and 99

Maris wore #9 for the Yankees, matching his Reverse gematria:


666 has Ordinal gematria of 275.

"Six hundred sixty-six" = 275 (English Ordinal)

Roger hit a total of 275 home runs in his career:

666×3 = 1998
McGwire broke Maris’s record in 1998

John McGwire died at the age of 999 months:

John Thomas McGwire = 201 and 258, Six sixty-six = 201 and Number of the Beast = 258

The number 666 has significant overlap with 33.

Thirty-three = 60 and 66. Thirty-three, Six six six, and Triple sixes all = 156

McGwire was traded to the Cardinals at the age of 33 years, 303 days:

McGwire was born in ’63

Major League Baseball = 63, Major League = 63

"Home run king" = 63 (Full Reduction)


John McGwire

As mentioned above, McGwire belted his 61st home run on his father’s 61st birthday. John McGwire was a Dentist.

"Dentist" = 44 (Reverse Reduction)

All-time home run king Hank Aaron has his #44 retired in the states of Wisconsin and Georgia:

Wisconsin and Georgia both sum to 44 Reduction

Mark McGwire hit his 61st home run just one day after his 60th. Both dates fell 4400 days after his Major League debut in Oakland:

Both dates also fell 404 days after he was traded to St. Louis:

McGwire broke Roger’s record on a date with a Life Lesson number of 44:(9) + (8) + 1+9+9+8 = 44

The 44th Prime number is 193

"George Herman "Babe" Ruth" = 193 (English Ordinal)

John McGwire was born 1093 days after Roger Maris:

Mark McGwire was traded to the Cardinals 11193 days after Roger Maris was traded to the Cardinals:


"John McGwire" = 777 (Fibonacci)

"Numeric ritual" = 777 (Jewish)

7×7×7 = 343

John McGwire was a span of 30430 days old when he died:

"John" = 128 (English Extended)

John died a span of 12800 days after Roger Maris:

Maris was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on December 8th, or 12/8, in ’66. The 66th Prime number is 317, and Mark McGwire was traded to St. Louis on 31/7.

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