500 home run club

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An African American man in a white baseball uniform with "GIANTS" on the chest takes a left-handed baseball swing as a catcher kneels behind him to receive the pitch.
Barry Bonds (pictured here in 2006) 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 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, a record which stood from 1935 until Hank Aaron surpassed it in 1974.[1] Aaron's ultimate career total, 755, remained the record until Barry Bonds set the current mark of 762 during the 2007 season.[1] Twenty-seven players are members of the 500 home run club. Ted Williams (.344) holds the highest batting average among the club members while Harmon Killebrew (.256) holds the lowest.

Of these 27 players, 14 were right-handed batters, 11 were left-handed, and 2 were switch hitters. The San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox are the only franchises to see four players reach the milestone while on their roster: for the Giants, Mel Ott while the team was in New York, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, and most recently Bonds, and, for the Red Sox, Jimmie Foxx, Williams, and more recently Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz. Five 500 home run club members—Aaron, Mays, Eddie Murray, Rafael Palmeiro, and Alex Rodriguez—are also members of the 3,000 hit club. Gary 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.[2] Rodriguez, at 32 years and 8 days, was the youngest player to reach the milestone while Williams, at 41 years and 291 days, was the oldest.[2][3] The most recent player to reach 500 home runs is Ortiz, who hit his 500th home run on September 12, 2015.[4] As of the end of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, Albert Pujols is the only active member of the 500 home run club.[5]

Membership in the 500 home run club is sometimes described as a guarantee of eventual entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame, although some believe the milestone has become less meaningful in recent years.[6][7][8][9] Five eligible club members—Bonds, Mark McGwire, Palmeiro, Sheffield and Sammy Sosa—have not been elected to the Hall. Bonds and Sosa made their first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2013; Bonds received only 36.2% and Sosa 12.5% of the total votes, with 75% required for induction.[10] Eligibility requires that a player has "been retired five seasons" or be deceased for at least six months,[11] disqualifying three retired living players who have been active within the past five seasons—Jim Thome, Ramirez and Ortiz. Some believe the milestone has become less important with the large number of new members; 10 players joined the club from 1999 to 2009.[6] Additionally, several of these recent members have had ties to performance-enhancing drugs.[6][9][12] Some believe that by not electing McGwire to the Hall the voters were establishing a "referendum" on how they would treat players from the "Steroid Era".[13][14] On January 8, 2014, Palmeiro became the first member of the 500 Home Run Club to be removed from the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot. As the BBWAA announced the selections for the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2014, Palmeiro appeared on just 4.4% of the ballots. Players must be named on at least of 5.0% of ballots to remain on future ballots.[15]

Key

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

Members

  • Stats updated as of 2017 season.
A man in full baseball attire wears a pinstriped jersey and a hat with overlapping white "N" and "Y". Looking to the left of the camera, he is holding a baseball bat upward.
Babe Ruth was the first player to reach 500 home runs and set a career home run mark of 714 that stood until 1974.
A dark-skinned man in a black baseball jersey and gray pants takes a right handed baseball swing with a crowd in the background, several people wearing red.
David Ortiz is the most recent player to hit 500 home runs, one of 12 to reach the milestone from 1999 to 2015.
Player HR Date Team Seasons played Ref(s)
Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds 762 April 17, 2001 San Francisco Giants 1986–2007 [16]
Aaron, HankHank Aarondagger 755 July 14, 1968 Atlanta Braves 1954–1976 [17]
Ruth, BabeBabe Ruthdagger 714 August 11, 1929 New York Yankees 1914–1935 [18]
Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez 696 August 4, 2007 New York Yankees 1994–2013, 2015–2016 [3][19]
Mays, WillieWillie Maysdagger 660 September 13, 1965 San Francisco Giants 1951–1952, 1954–1973 [20]
Griffey Jr., KenKen Griffey Jr.dagger 630 June 20, 2004 Cincinnati Reds 1989–2010 [21]
Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujolsdouble-dagger 614 April 22, 2014 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2001–present [22]
Thome, JimJim Thome 612 September 16, 2007 Chicago White Sox 1991–2012 [7][23]
Sosa, SammySammy Sosa 609 April 4, 2003 Chicago Cubs 1989–2005, 2007 [24]
Robinson, FrankFrank Robinsondagger 586 September 13, 1971 Baltimore Orioles 1956–1976 [25]
McGwire, MarkMark McGwire 583 August 5, 1999 St. Louis Cardinals 1986–2001 [26]
Killebrew, HarmonHarmon Killebrewdagger 573 August 10, 1971 Minnesota Twins 1954–1975 [27]
Palmeiro, RafaelRafael Palmeiro 569 May 11, 2003 Texas Rangers 1986–2005 [28]
Jackson, ReggieReggie Jacksondagger 563 September 17, 1984 California Angels 1967–1987 [29]
Ramirez, MannyManny Ramirez 555 May 31, 2008 Boston Red Sox 1993–2011 [30][31]
Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidtdagger 548 April 18, 1987 Philadelphia Phillies 1972–1989 [32]
Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz 541 September 12, 2015 Boston Red Sox 1997–2016 [33]
Mantle, MickeyMickey Mantledagger 536 May 14, 1967 New York Yankees 1951–1968 [34]
Foxx, JimmieJimmie Foxxdagger 534 September 24, 1940 Boston Red Sox 1925–1942, 1944–1945 [35]
McCovey, WillieWillie McCoveydagger 521 June 30, 1978 San Francisco Giants 1959–1980 [36]
Thomas, FrankFrank Thomasdagger 521 June 28, 2007 Toronto Blue Jays 1990–2008 [37][38]
Williams, TedTed Williamsdagger 521 June 17, 1960 Boston Red Sox 1939–1942, 1946–1960 [39]
Banks, ErnieErnie Banksdagger 512 May 12, 1970 Chicago Cubs 1953–1971 [40]
Mathews, EddieEddie Mathewsdagger 512 July 14, 1967 Houston Astros 1952–1968 [41]
Ott, MelMel Ottdagger 511 August 1, 1945 New York Giants 1926–1947 [42]
Sheffield, GaryGary Sheffield 509 April 17, 2009 New York Mets 1988–2009 [2][43]
Murray, EddieEddie Murraydagger 504 September 6, 1996 Baltimore Orioles 1977–1997 [44]

See also

References

General
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  • "500 Home Run Club – Milestones". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
Specific
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