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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 23, 1998)
Charity club turns
homers into cash
By James Nicas
MILWAUKEE - When Mark McGwire
was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals last year.
Cardinals fans wanted to make sure he felt wel
come in St. Louis.
After thinking for a few days, a small group
of fans came up with an idea to show him he
Their creation of the Mac Attack Pack has
now turned into one of the best fan charity orga
nizations in the major leagues.
"We were in the early stages of forming our
orgamzation to try to get McGwire to stay in St.
Louis when he signed," said Ron Wallace, one
of the founding members of the Mac Attack
Pack. “There were eight of us who decided to
keep it going and give money to chanty."
VvTien McGwire signed in 1997, he gave S1
million to help abused children in the St. Louis
area. McGwire s generosity led the group to
give money to Cardinals Care, a charity whose
funds will stay in St. Louis to help abused chil
"After he gav e the money to charity, it gave
us an idea to also help Cardinals Care,” said
Marty Prather, commander in chief of the
Mack Attack Pack. "We now sit in left field at
Busch Stadium, and we can be seen by our red
The red hard hats were also in attendance
last weekend in Milwaukee. Around 25 mem
bers of the Mac Attack Pack made the 400-mile
trip from St. Louis to support McGwire on his
journey to setting the home run record.
“We have gone on three road trips this year,
and we are going to go on more next year,”
Prather said. "Milwaukee has been great to us.
and we enjoy going on the road.”
The Mac Attack Pack currently has almost
500 members nationwide. Each member
donates a $25 membership fee as well as donat
ing S20 to Cardinals Care. While attending a
game, each member also donates a “Buck a
Base” for each base McGwire reaches.
We generate a lot of
money, and it makes us
feel good that we are
giving to a good cause”
Mac Attack Pack founding member
“If McGwire homers, and there are 300
people there, that is S1,200 to Cardinals Care,”
Wallace said. "We generate a lot of money, and
it makes us feel good that we are giving to a
This season's efforts will be recognized at a
pre-game ceremony on Wednesday at Busch
Stadium when the Mac Attack Pack will pre
sent its donation to Cardinals Care. Prather said
it will be a great thrill for the club when they
give their money.
"We have heard that McGwire likes our
organization, and he thinks this is first class,”
Prather said. “This year we raised over
SI0,000. and we expect to raise over S20.000
In 1998, one of the most memorable years
in baseball history, the Mac Attack Pack also
has been able to see some of the most memo
rable home runs in baseball history.
“No. 62 was great because we were there as
an entire group." Prather said. “The stadium
was electric, and the town was on fire."
With all the attention McGwire has
received this year, the Mac Attack Pack has not
met the slugger they traveled to see. However,
Prather said that was not the reason why they
formed their organization.
“With all the media attention, it is only
common courtesy to wait until after the season,
but that is not why we formed our group."
Prather said. "It has been great that we have
been able to raise money for a good cause."
ARE CHANGING THE FACE
Photos by Matt Miller/DN
(clockwise from top left)
CHARTER MEMBERS OF THE MAC ATTACK PACK hold up large numbers signifying the home run tally. The group raised more than $10,000
this season for abused children in the St. Louis area by donating $1 per person for every base McGwire reaches. For example, if there
were 100 members at the game, and McGwire hit a homer and a double, $600 would be donated to charity for that game.
MARK MCGWIRE watches a ball he hit that cleared the upper-deck facade in County Stadium against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday
night. The ball curved foul by a few feet, leaving no mark in the record book - just in players’ and fans’ memories.
WISCONSIN NATIVE CHAD LEATHERMAN, 18, screams after Mark McGwire hit his 65th home run of the season Sunday afternoon. The
Cardinals-Brewers three-game series drew 155,000 fans.
TREVOR HOBART DROVE more than 300 miles to see McGwire hit another dinger Saturday. Hobart was one of many fans in the stadium
wearing Cardinal red.
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