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The Thomenator Says "I'll Be Back!" Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Let there be no mistake about the intentions of 40-Year-Old Jim Thome, who had a resurgent 2010 season - leading the Minnesota Twins into the playoffs – he wants to continue playing for “at least two more years.”   The “Power Hitter From Peoria” currently has 589 career blasts, and stands just 11 home runs shy of the awesome 600 home run plateau. 

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Harmon Killebrew Delivers Holiday Joy at Courage Center Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 26 November 2010

For 13 years, Harmon Killebrew – affectionately nicknamed as "Killer" in contradiction of his easy going nature – provided “gifts” to Minnesota Twins fans in the form of skyrocketing home runs and gift-wrapped double plays.

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Sammy “Claus” Sosa Says Fans Are Greatest Gift Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 26 November 2010

In 1997, Sammy Sosa partnered with Catholic Charities, local school districts and recreational departments to conduct the “Sammy Claus” tour, which visited cities across the U.S. and in his homeland of the Dominican Republic.

 

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Louisville Slugger Museum honors “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks with 'Living Legend' Award Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 26 November 2010

The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory recognized Baseball Hall-of-Famer and beloved "Mr. Cub'' Ernie Banks with its 2010 Living Legend Award on November 12.  Banks was honored and presented the award during a special recognition ceremony that kicked off the Seventh Annual Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction. 

 

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The Killer and The Thomenator Share A Playoff Moment Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 01 November 2010

When the Minnesota Twins faced the New York Yankees for the first game of the American League playoff series at Target Field on October 6th, the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the game went to arguably the best known and most beloved player in the history of the twin city franchise: Hall-of-Famer Harmon Killebrew.  Click here to see what Harmon had to say about the day.

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500HRC Members: The Biggest Stars On The Biggest Stage Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Sunday, 24 October 2010

The World Series is arguably the biggest stage in professional sports.  And the batters’ box of a World Series game is the epicenter of the biggest moments in post-season history. So it is only fitting that five of the Top 10 all-time post-season home run hitters went on to hit more than 500 career round-trippers, thereby qualifying for entry into the league’s most elite group: The 500 Home Run Club.

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A Giant Among Men Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 30 September 2010

Willie McCovey was so inspiring to his fellow teammates that they named an award after his winning attitude

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“Big Hurt” Frank Thomas Gets Props from Sox Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 30 September 2010

White Sox retire Thomas' number in larger-than-life ceremony; announce plans for statue in Legends Plaza

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Reggie Jackson Sells Off One Of The Stallions From His Stock Car Stable Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 31 August 2010

It’s only fitting that the man who put the pedal to the metal of America’s pastime for much of the 1970s loved to ride around in a wide variety of American metal monsters of the era.  In fact, before a fire destroyed about 30 of Reggie Jackson’s beloved four-wheel stable on August 4, 1988, he owned nearly 100 mint-condition muscle cars (mostly Chevrolet, but also some Mopars and Fords).  Jackson began his car collection in 1971 when he bought a 1940 Chevrolet for $300 and a color television set.

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Thome Passes Killebrew and Keeps Climbing Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 31 August 2010

“Big Jim” Has Sights Set On 600

With 17 towering home runs so far in 2010 (as of August 20) and 581 to date in his 20 season MLB career, Jim Thome has muscled his way past another hard-hitting career infielder Harmon Killebrew (573) to take the 10th spot all time.  Next up for “The Thomenator” is Mark “Big Mac” McGwire who retired with 583.

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September 2008: Gary Sheffield MLB’s 250,000th Home Run Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 31 August 2010

...but had to wait until ‘09 to hit the one that really mattered

On September 8, 2008, Detroit Tiger DH Gary Sheffield hit career home run No. 496, which also happened to be the 250,000th regular season home run in Major League Baseball history (source: Baseball-Reference.com).   It took 133 years for thousands of major leaguers to crank out a quarter of a million long balls, but the final two came off Sheffield’s bat in two consecutive innings.  After knocking out baseball’s 249,999th home run in his previous at bat, the “Swinging Sheff” repeated the feat by cranking a grand slam off Oakland A’s starter Gio Gonzalez.  http://bit.ly/Sheffield250000HR

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Andruw Jones Cranks Career Blast #400 Amongst White Sox Homer Fest Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 31 July 2010

The only thing hotter than Andruw Jones, who hit career long ball No. 400 on July 11, is his White Sox team that triumphed for the 25th time in 30 games to complete the season’s most meteoric first-half turnaround. After trailing the Twins by 9 games on June 8th, Chicago’s south side team ignited into baseball’s hottest commodity…and thanks to a legion of long ball hitters (led by DH Jones) blasted past Detroit and Minnesota to take over first place in the AL Central Division.

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Adam Dunn Gets It Done – Three Homers in One Game Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 31 July 2010

“Big Country” Adam Dunn is not one to waste words or swings at the plate.  “I look for a pitch to hit, and hit it hard,” Dunn said after his recent brush with greatness (July 7) when he became the 345th MLB player to hit three home runs in a single contest.  “I don't have an approach to change," Dunn said. "That's all I've got."

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August 10, 1971: Red Letter Day For Harmon K. and his fans Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 31 July 2010

You couldn’t blame Harmon Killebrew if August was his favorite month.  After all, he blasted the 500th and 501st home runs of his career on August 10, 1971, to become only the tenth man to reach the milestone at the time.

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Home Runs Coming Right At Ya Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Did you ever wonder what it feels like to stand on the pitching mound while MLB’s elite sluggers are sending balls screaming over your head and into the grandstands?  Well thanks to the onset of 3D technology and innovative programming by ESPN, this year’s State Farm Home Run Derby telecast on Monday, July 12 at 8 p.m. EST will be among the big events coming to you in all it’s 3D glory.

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Killebrew Didn’t Care Where He Played, As Long As He Got To Bat Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 29 June 2010

In today’s world of sports specialization, pro athletes succeed because they’re very good at one particular position.  But Harmon Killebrew succeeded with the Minnesota Twins of the 1960s because he was able to fill whatever defensive hole the team needed filled…while performing at an All-Star level at the plate. 

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500 HRC Members Created Their Own Fireworks in July Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Generations of Americans have thrilled to the pageantry of summertime baseball in major league ballparks. And for those lucky fans who witnessed the greatest hitters of all time – members of the 500 Home Run Club® – blast out long balls under the bright big-league lights and the strobing effect of thousands of flashbulbs, nothing else will ever surpass the spectacle.

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“Mr. (& Mrs.) Cub” Honored For Their Philanthropic Endeavors Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 May 2010

On May 8, 2010, “Mr. Cub™” Ernie Banks and his wife Liz Banks, who is president/founder of The 500 Home Run Club®, LLC, were special guests at The Volunteer Center’s Golden Gala as the non-profit organization celebrated its achievements over the past 50 years as the first Volunteer Center in the state of Illinois. 

 

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Cubs Teammates Compete To Be Next To 300 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 May 2010

The first and only teammates to hit No. 300 back-to-back were Chicago White Sox sluggers Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko (who currently leads the American League with 13-and-counting home runs in 2010 and has 339 career long balls).  On April 13, 2009 the duo became the first MLB teammates to hit their 300th career home runs BACK-TO-BACK. This landmark achievement was something that no other power-hitting duo has ever done in the long history of major leagues.

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500 HRC Hitters Tee Off Together In June Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 May 2010

While most Americans are teeing off with their friends at their local golf course during the summer months, 500 Home Run Club® members teed off in their own way during June.

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Eddie Mathews Honored as Only Brave to Play
in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 28 April 2010

On May 8, 2007, The Milwaukee Brewers inducted 500 Home Run Club® member Eddie Mathews (512 career homers) into the Miller Park Walk of Fame.  In the first year of voting, Mathews joined Warren Spahn as one of only two non-Brewer players to be featured at Miller Park, when each received more than the required 75% of the vote for election.

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