Mark McGwire sure could hit home runs.
Mark McGwire sure could hit home runs. (Getty Images)

The Hall of Fame candidate we profiled Wednesday was Mark McGwire, and his case is driven basically by the home run. And boy, was he ever driven by the long ball. Let's crank up the ol' leaderboarding machine and see where Big Mac stands with the homer. It's rather imposing.

[As always, thanks to the wonderful baseball-reference.com play index]

At-bats per home run, all-time

1. Mark McGwire, 10.61
2. Babe Ruth, 11.76
3. Barry Bonds, 12.92
4. Jim Thome, 13.76
5. Ralph Kiner, 14.11
6. Harmon Killebrew, 14.22
7. Sammy Sosa, 14.47
8. Ryan Howard, 14.70
9. Ted Williams, 14.79
10. Manny Ramirez, 14.85

At-bats per home run, single season

1. Barry Bonds, 6.52, 2001
2. Mark McGwire, 7.27, 1998
3. Mark McGwire, 8.02, 1999
4. Mark McGwire, 8.13, 1996
5. Barry Bonds, 8.29, 2004
6. Babe Ruth, 8.48, 1920
7. Barry Bonds, 8.67, 2003
8. Barry Bonds, 8.76, 2002
9. Babe Ruth, 9.00, 1927
10. Sammy Sosa, 9.02, 2001

Home runs, career

1. Barry Bonds, 762
2. Hank Aaron, 755
3. Babe Ruth, 714
4. Willie Mays, 660
5. Alex Rodriguez, 654
6. Ken Griffey Jr., 630
7. Jim Thome, 612
8. Sammy Sosa, 609
9. Frank Robinson, 586
10. Mark McGwire, 583

Home runs, single season

1. Barry Bonds, 73, 2001
2. Mark McGwire, 70, 1998
3. Sammy Sosa, 66, 1998
4. Mark McGwire, 65, 1999
5. Sammy Sosa, 64, 2001
6. Sammy Sosa, 63, 1999
7. Roger Maris, 61, 1961
8. Babe Ruth, 60, 1927
9. Babe Ruth, 59, 1921
10. Jimmie Foxx, 58, 1932
10. Hank Greenberg, 58, 1938
10. Mark McGwire, 58, 1997
10. Ryan Howard, 58, 2006
14. Luis Gonzalez, 57, 2001
14. Alex Rodriguez, 57, 2002

50-plus home run seasons

1. Mark McGwire, 4
1. Sammy Sosa, 4
1. Babe Ruth, 4
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3
5. Ken Griffey Jr., 2
5. Mickey Mantle, 2
5. Willie Mays, 2
5. Ralph Kiner, 2
5. Jimmie Foxx, 2

No one else has more than one.

Home runs by a rookie

1. Mark McGwire, 49, 1987
2. Frank Robinson, 38, 1956
2. Wally Berger, 38, 1930
4. Albert Pujols, 37, 2001
4. Al Rosen, 37, 1950
6. Jose Abreu, 36, 2014
7. Mike Piazza, 35, 1993
7. Ron Kittle, 35, 1983
7. Rudy York, 35, 1937
7. Hal Trosky, 35, 1934

Career slugging percentage

1. Babe Ruth, .690 (Note: LOL)
2. Ted Williams, .634
3. Lou Gehrig, .632
4. Jimmie Foxx, .609
5. Barry Bonds, .607
6. Hank Greenberg, .605
7. Mark McGwire, .588
7. Albert Pujols, .588
9. Manny Ramirez, .585
10. Joe DiMaggio, .579

Juice or no, that's quite a slugger.