No, not the Hall of Fame.
The shamed retired slugger was inducted not in Cooperstown but in midtown - as one of the inaugural members of Foley's NY pub's Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame.
Shaun Clancy, owner of the sports bar on W.33rd St., said he created the Irish Hall of Fame to celebrate his two greatest loves: baseball and his home country.
Picking McGwire, Clancy said, "wasn't about being confrontational," but based on his achievements on and off the field.
Although McGwire once held the single-season record for home runs, he didn't come close to being elected to the real Hall in the past two years because of suspicions of steroid use and his embarrassing 2005 testimony in Congress when he repeatedly refused "to talk about the past."
McGwire, who rarely appears in public these days, was invited to Tuesday's ceremony but never replied.
The other Irish Hall of Fame inductees were: Sean Casey, the Red Sox current backup first baseman; Yankees broadcaster John Flaherty; Mets and Phillies pitcher Frank (Tug) McGraw; Connie Mack, who managed in Philadelphia; former Daily News writer and pub namesake Red Foley; longtime Mets groundskeeper Pete Flynn; baseball writer Jeff Horrigan, and Kevin Costner, who starred in "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams."
"[Their] accomplishments transcend the game and honor their heritage," Clancy said before awarding brass plaques during the noon ceremony
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