ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Seventy homers is one thing, but $70 bills are quite another for home run king Mark McGwire.

The St. Louis Cardinals slugger filed suit in St. Louis Circuit Court on Thursday, seeking to stop distribution of phony $70 bills that feature his picture.

The bills are meant to recognize his record of 70 home runs in the 1998 season.

The suit also seeks more than $25,000 in damages from the alleged producer, Christopher Morris of Hardy, Ark. Morris did not return phone calls seeking comment.

McGwire sued Morris after he allegedly missed a Christmas deadline to stop distributing the phony bills. McGwire had agreed earlier not to sue Morris in exchange for an ``appropriate'' donation to the Cardinals' charitable organization, Cardinals Care.

McGwire's attorney Michael Kahn said that the bills are an unauthorized commercial exploitation of McGwire's image and that their distribution ``runs afoul of federal regulations and law on counterfeit U.S. currency.''