500 home run club

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Barry Bonds joined the 500 home run club in 2001 and set a new career home run record of 762 in 2007.

In Major League Baseball (MLB), the 500 home run club is a term given to the group of batters who have hit 500 or more regular-season home runs in their careers. On August 11, 1929, Babe Ruth became the first member of the club. Ruth ended his career with 714 home runs. This record stood from 1935 until Hank Aaron broke it in 1974.[1] Aaron's ending career total, 755, stayed the record until Barry Bonds set the current mark of 762 during the 2007 season.[1] Gary Sheffield is the most recent to reach 500 home runs; he hit his 500th home run on April 17, 2009.[2] Twenty-five players are members of the 500 home run club.

Of these 25 players, 13 were right-handed batters, 10 were left-handed, and 2 were switch hitters (meaning they could bat from either side of the plate). The San Francisco Giants are the only franchise to have four players reach 500 home runs while on their roster: Mel Ott while the team was in New York, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, and most recently Bonds. Four 500 home run club members—Aaron, Mays, Eddie Murray, and Rafael Palmeiro—are also members of the 3,000 hit club. Sheffield's 500th home run was his first career home run with the New York Mets, the first time that a player's 500th home run was also his first with his franchise.[3] Alex Rodriguez, at 32 years and 8 days, was the youngest player to hit 500. Ted Williams, at 41 years and 291 days, was the oldest.[3][4]

Being a member of the 500 home run club is sometimes described as a guarantee of entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Some believe the milestone has become less meaningful in recent years.[2][5][6][7] Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro are the only currently eligible club members not elected to the Hall. Eligibility requires that a player has "been retired five seasons" or be dead for at least six months.[8] Some believe the milestone has become less important with the large number of new members; 10 players joined the club from 1999 to 2009.[2] Also, several of these recent members have had ties to performance-enhancing drugs.[2][7] Some believe that by not electing McGwire to the Hall, the voters were starting a "guideline" on how they would treat players from the "Steroid Era".[9][10]

Key[change | edit source]

Player Name of the player
HR Career home runs
Date Date of the player's 500th home run
Team The batter's team for his 500th home run
Seasons The seasons this player played in the major leagues
Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who is still active

Members[change | edit source]

Statistics up to date as of April 23, 2011
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Babe Ruth was the first player to reach 500 home runs and set a career home run mark of 714 that stood until 1974.
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Gary Sheffield is the most recent player to hit 500 home runs, one of 10 to reach the milestone from 1999 to 2009.
Player HR Date Team Seasons Ref(s)
Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds 762 02001-04-17April 17, 2001 San Francisco Giants 1986–2007 [11]
Aaron, HankHank Aaron 755 01968-07-14July 14, 1968 Atlanta Braves 1954–1976 [12]
Ruth, BabeBabe Ruth 714 01929-08-11August 11, 1929 New York Yankees 1914–1935 [13]
Mays, WillieWillie Mays 660 01965-09-13September 13, 1965 San Francisco Giants 1951–1973 [14]
Griffey, Jr., KenKen Griffey, Jr. 630 02004-06-20June 20, 2004 Cincinnati Reds 1989–2010 [15]
Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez* 618 02007-08-04August 4, 2007 New York Yankees 1994– [4][16]
Sosa, SammySammy Sosa 609 02003-04-04April 4, 2003 Chicago Cubs 1989–2005, 2007 [17]
Thome, JimJim Thome* 591 02007-09-16September 16, 2007 Chicago White Sox 1991– [5][18]
Robinson, FrankFrank Robinson 586 01971-09-13September 13, 1971 Baltimore Orioles 1956–1976 [19]
McGwire, MarkMark McGwire 583 01999-08-05August 5, 1999 St. Louis Cardinals 1986–2001 [20]
Killebrew, HarmonHarmon Killebrew 573 01971-08-10August 10, 1971 Minnesota Twins 1954–1975 [21]
Palmeiro, RafaelRafael Palmeiro 569 02003-05-11May 11, 2003 Texas Rangers 1986–2005 [22]
Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson 563 01984-09-17September 17, 1984 California Angels 1967–1987 [23]
Ramirez, MannyManny Ramirez 555 02008-05-31May 31, 2008 Boston Red Sox 1993–2011 [24][25]
Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt 548 01987-04-18April 18, 1987 Philadelphia Phillies 1972–1989 [26]
Mantle, MickeyMickey Mantle 536 01967-05-14May 14, 1967 New York Yankees 1951–1968 [27]
Foxx, JimmieJimmie Foxx 534 01940-09-24September 24, 1940 Boston Red Sox 1925–1942, 1944–1945 [28]
Williams, TedTed Williams 521 01960-06-17June 17, 1960 Boston Red Sox 1939–1942, 1946–1960 [29]
McCovey, WillieWillie McCovey 521 01978-06-30June 30, 1978 San Francisco Giants 1959–1980 [30]
Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas 521 02007-06-28June 28, 2007 Toronto Blue Jays 1990–2008 [31][32]
Banks, ErnieErnie Banks 512 01970-05-12May 12, 1970 Chicago Cubs 1953–1971 [33]
Mathews, EddieEddie Mathews 512[a] 01967-07-14July 14, 1967 Houston Astros 1952–1968 [34]
Ott, MelMel Ott 511 01945-08-01August 1, 1945 New York Giants 1926–1947 [35]
Sheffield, GaryGary Sheffield 509 02009-04-17April 17, 2009 New York Mets 1988–2009 [3][36]
Murray, EddieEddie Murray 504 01996-09-06September 6, 1996 Baltimore Orioles 1977–1997 [37]


Footnote[change | edit source]

  • a Although MLB.com's 500 Home Run Club page lists Matthews at 511 home runs, his listings on both MLB.com and Baseball-Reference show 512.[34][38]

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