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The Legacy of Jimmie Foxx Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 28 February 2014

Jimmie FoxxJames Emory Foxx, popularly known by his many nicknames, Jimmie Foxx, the Beast and Double X, was born in Sudlersville, Maryland, to a farming family. His debut in the baseball Major League was in the year 1925, where he played for the Philadelphia Athletics. Foxx had an extremely promising career, and went to being one of the most feared hitters of his time. He earned his place in the Hall of Fame when he touched 500 career home runs in the Major League.

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Mickey Mantle Crushes 656 Feet Spring Training Homer Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 28 February 2014
March 26, 1951

In 1951 the Yankees trained in Arizona instead of Fort Lauderdale. The dry desert air and higher altitude are conducive to the longball, and Mickey made the most of it.

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Evolution of Spring Training regimens Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 28 February 2014

It's hard to pinpoint which team was the first to train in warm weather as a precursor to their season. There's a reference to the Chicago White Stockings stopping off in Hot Springs, Arkansas in 1886 to "boil out the alcoholic microbes…” yea right!

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Early black MLB players influence future of baseball and society Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 01 February 2014

The idea that baseball is the "national pastime," and "America's game" is true in that it was invented here, flourished here, and has been exported all around the world. It is America's oldest and most important professional sport. It is supposed to reflect American values such as fairness, honesty, and democracy.

As a national phenomenon, baseball has long served to mirror cultural currents and national attitudes. However, from its inception, baseball's racial attitudes have mirrored those of society.  Invented, played, and adored by Americans, baseball can only be as good as the society that fosters it. It should come as no surprise, then, that other major American institutions began to integrate shortly after baseball did.

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Negro Leagues Players Who Went on to Become 500 HRC Members Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 01 February 2014

Three members and one honorary member of the 500 Home Run Club ® formed and refined their skills in the Negro League.

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500 HRC Sluggers Celebrate Black History Month By Remembering Jackie Robinson Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 01 February 2014

Historians have observed that professional baseball is a microcosm of U.S. culture; in some cases magnifying society’s changes and in others acting as a driving force for dramatic shifts in the way people think, act and remember history. So it is only fitting that some of the most influential Black Americans played in the Negro Baseball Leagues and/or made their mark in Major League Baseball.

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500 HRC Members Cheered Each Other On Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 01 February 2014

Along with being the players that generations of fans have looked up to, 500 Home Run Club® LLC members were [are], themselves, baseball enthusiasts - as in awe of their heroes [and their contemporaries] as other fans.

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500 Home Run Club® Salutes Negro Leaguers’ Contributions To Baseball Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 01 February 2014

Breaking the Baseball Color Line

The Baseball color line was the unwritten policy that excluded African American baseball players from Organized Ball in the United States before 1947. As a result, various Negro Leagues were formed, which featured those players not allowed to participate in the major or minor leagues.
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The Greatest Players Have The Greatest Nicknames Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Ask any major league player and they’ll tell you the nickname(s) they were affectionately given by others over the years.  Some still carry a nickname attributed to them by sandlot players (like Eddie Murray’s nickname Steady Eddie), little league coaches or college fans; while others have assembled a laundry list of memorable nicknames that are often used interchangeable for fans, coaches, teammates and sports writers.

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Manny Ramirez Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Manny RamirezDominican-American designated hitter and outfielder Manny Ramirez is currently a free agent, but his baseball career has been one of the finest witnessed in the late 20th and early 21st century. Ramirez has represented several clubs across the US. His professional career began in 1993 with the Cleveland Indians with whom he remained until 2000. He then moved to the Boston Red Sox, where he played between 2001 and 2008. Manny then switched to the LA Dodgers where he remained until 2010 before moving to the Chicago White Sox for a season. He also played for the Tampa Bay Rays and the EDA Rhinos for one season each.

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500 HRC Members Grand Achievements Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Hitting a home run is arguably the greatest single achievement that a major league player can accomplish. And the greatest homer of them all is the Grand Slam. More than  5,375 Grand Slams have been hit by major league players, since the league began keeping records on this stat in 1901.

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In Their Own Words: HITTING #500 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Here’s what 500 Home Run Club members said when asked the question:

What did it feel like to finally hit your 500th home run?

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Jason Giambi: A Potential Member of the 500 Home Run Club Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Jason GiambiJason Giambi is a designated hitter and the first baseman to play for the Cleveland Indians in MLB. His career in Major League Baseball started in 1995 with the Oakland Athletics. He spent six seasons with the Oakland A's before moving to the New York Yankees. In 2008, Giambi transferred back to the Oakland Athletics for a year before signing up with the Colorado Rockies.

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Breaking the Baseball Color Line Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 02 December 2013

The Baseball color line was the unwritten policy that excluded African American baseball players from Organized Ball in the United States before 1947. As a result, various Negro Leagues were formed, which featured those players not allowed to participate in the major or minor leagues.

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Jason Giambi – The Next to Join the 500HRC? Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Monday, 02 December 2013

Jason GiambiJason Giambi began his career with a debut for the Oakland Athletics in 1995 and he played for the A's 2001 when he signed a contract with the Yankees and played for them till 2008 and returned to Oakland once more for one year. From 2009 onwards Giambi played for the Colorado Rockies till 2012 when he got signed by the Cleveland Indians and the 42-year-old-hitter has been invited by the Indians to play for them for another year in Cleveland. Giambi became the most valuable player in 2000 for the Oakland Athletics and this was the moment that propelled his career to new heights. He was also involved in a controversy involving the consumption of performance enhancing drugs.

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Reggie Jackson's Mr. October Foundation Offers Minorities Hope for a Brighter Future Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Friday, 01 November 2013

Reggie JacksonBorn on May 18, 1946, Reginald Jackson, known affectionately today as Reggie Jackson, was one of the finest players to ever grace the game of baseball. His numerous achievements and accolades have been duly recognized by the worldwide baseball community as evidenced by his inclusion into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993. Jackson's career in professional baseball spanned a total of 21 seasons in Major League Baseball. He is often referred to as 'Mr. October' owing to his unparalleled capacity for 'clutch hitting'. One of Jackson's finest moments that has certainly contributed to his nickname was when he hit three consecutive home runs in the 1977 World Series, to win the game for his team.

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The Harsh Life of the Commerce Comet Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013

Mickey mantleThe Mick and the Commerce Comet were both names given to the professional baseball league player Mickey Charles Mantle. Mantle had an extremely harsh life and career. Born in 1931, he made his MLB debut appearance in 1951, when he was almost 20 years old. With a batting average of .298 and 536 home runs with over 2400 runs batted in, Mickey automatically found his way into the hall of fame. Mantle's family was into mining, and many of the male members were short lived because of the toxic environment.

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Players Who Have Won the Most World Series Titles Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013

World Series PlayersThere are only a handful of players who have the privilege of being a part of this list. These superstars are known for excelling in their gameplay and for their outstanding performance not once, but over and over again. A true baseball enthusiast will know that consistency is just as important as performance, which is why the players mentioned here have earned the right to be on the list.

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The MLB Career of Eddie Mathews Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Friday, 30 August 2013

Eddie MathewsEddie Mathews was a feared and powerful left-handed slugger who became only the seventh man in MLB history to score 500 homers. His career ended with 512 home runs and he enjoyed a great amount of success during his playing time on the ballpark. In 1953, Mathews scored 47 home runs for the Braves from Milwaukee – an annual record that no third baseman could break for 27 years. He led the Braves to the National League title that year and established himself as one of the greatest baseball players in history. Having featured in the world championship winning team on two occasions with two different teams, Eddie Mathews was honored for his work with a picture on Sports Illustrated's cover – the first of any athlete on the world-renowned magazine.

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Eddie Murray – A Baltimore and MLB Legend Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Friday, 30 August 2013

Eddie MurrayEddie Murray's career in Major League Baseball was characterized by durability, consistency, and dominance. One of the most prolific hitters in the game, Murray's career spanned for around 20 years. At the time of his retirement, Murray became the third player in MLB history to collect both 500 homers and 3000 hits. When it comes to switch-hitters, Murray is the all-time career leader in RBIs. He won three Gold Gloves during his wonderful career and represented the All-Star team eight times. He was also voted in the top ten list of the MVP Award six times consecutively.

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The Controversial Career of Gary Sheffield Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Thursday, 01 August 2013

Gary Sheffield who scored 509 home runs during his long and travelled career where he represented eight different MLB teams has often sparked controversies mainly due to his confrontational nature. He has often shouted out offensive remarks and intimidated his opponents. During his time in LA with the Dodgers, he famously became verbal about the need for better financial compensation as well as respect. To ensure that his demands were met, Sheffield refused to feature in the very first edition of the World Baseball Classic, commenting that he will play when he gets paid what he deserves.

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