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Mays/Banks Shining Stars During Civil Rights Game Weekend Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Fellow 500 Home Run Club® member Ted Williams famously said "They invented the All-Star game for Willie Mays!"  But some might contend the honor most befitting “Say Hey” Willie’s inspirational life – during and after his MLB career – is the MLB “Beacon of Life” Award, which will be bestowed upon him on Saturday, May 15 as part of the pre-game festivities surrounding the 2010 Gillette Civil Rights Game in Cincinnati.

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The Women Behind 500 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 28 April 2010

The old saying “Behind Every Great Man Stands A Great Women” has certainly proven true over the years as 500 Home Run Club members’ spouses supported their men – before and after they became stars – through the good and lean years, and helped them to cope with the pressures and responsibilities that came with being amongst the greatest sluggers in MLB history.

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500 HRC Members Fired Away On Opening Day Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is one of the most anticipated days of the year, with fans in cities all over the nation, and around the world, sitting on the edge of their seat in anticipation of spectacular exploits and amazing performances to come during the spanking new season.  And no one delivered more excitement on Opening Day than the members of The 500 Home Run Club®.

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Chasing 500 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 31 March 2010

The 500 Home Run Club® is still one of the most exclusive groups in professional sports. Before 1984, only 14 major league sluggers hit more than 500 career long balls, and nobody breached the legendary plateau from 1988 through 1995.

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Joining The Club in April Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 31 March 2010

500 Home Run Club Members Rained Homers in April

While April is traditionally one of the rainiest months of the year, it is also the time that many members of the 500 Home Run Club® let loose a torrential flood of homers that propelled them past the 500 home run barrier and into immortality.
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“Big Hurt” Frank Thomas Closes Door On Storied Career Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Sunday, 28 February 2010

521 Homers and 18 Impressive Seasons Fuel His Legacy; Case For Hall of Fame

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Facebook 500HRC Style Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Sunday, 28 February 2010

500 Home Run Club® FACEBOOK and Individual Member Pages

Thanks to everyone who has joined as a fan of our 500 HRC FACEBOOK page and to those who haven’t yet joined us, please do so.
 

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TV’s Home Run Derby Showcases 500 HRC Members’ Power Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Sunday, 28 February 2010

Home Run Derby was the name of a 1960 television show held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles pitting sluggers against each other in 9-inning home run contests. The rules were not unlike modern Home Run Derbies; however, the television show also added as an out any called strike. The series aired in syndication from January 9 to July 2, 1960 and helped inspire the Home Run Derby event that is now held the day before the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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500 HRC Members In The Fast Lane Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Sunday, 28 February 2010

They say you can learn a lot about a man by the kind of car he drives, so here’s a look back at the hot wheels and smooth rides that have revved the hearts of 500 Home Run Club® members over the years.

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500 HRC® Sluggers Remember Jackie Robinson Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Sunday, 31 January 2010

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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SLUGGING CUBBIE PAVES WAY FOR POWER HITTERS INTO HOF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Sunday, 31 January 2010

Andre “Awesome” Dawson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Six days after the ball dropped in Times Square, Andre Dawson got the best New Years gift imaginable for someone who made a career out of dropping baseballs into the cheap seats of stadiums around the league…admission into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.  

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Big Jim Says He Wants To Play 2010 in “Sweet Home Chicago” Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 02 January 2010

After heading west to The Dodgers for the final part of the 2009 season, Jim Thome would like to return the Chicago White Sox, the team where he found a comfortable and productive home for 3½ seasons. "Everyone knows how I feel. I love Chicago,” Thome said recently.  “Ultimately, if things work out, I would love to come back. It's a great city. It's home. It has been a great place. Jerry, Ozzie, the whole organization, they have all treated me great."
 

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MLB LAUNCH PADS Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 02 January 2010

Some baseball pundits have credited the design of ballparks such as: old Yankee Stadium in New York, Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Boston’s Fenway Park and Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park for the prosperity at the plate that power hitters including Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Ernie Banks enjoyed over the years, and for the dominance of today’s home run heroes like Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Howard (insert link to Chasing 500).  

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500 Home Run Club® Legends Share Batting Skills With Younger Players Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 30 November 2009

Each year certain MLB players rise to the top of the league in power hitting, batting average and RBIs; but few have the ability to dominate “The Bigs” year after year.  What makes the members of the 500 Home Run Club® so remarkable is they each maintained their batting skills at the highest level for 15 to 20 years, or even longer.  This despite the fact they faced some of the greatest pitchers the game has ever seen; each of whom was intent on shutting them down with their nastiest pitches, trickiest strategies and greatest concentration.  After all, nobody wants to be remembered as the guy who gave up someone’s 500th Home Run…but everyone wants to be one of the guys who hit 500 career long balls!

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Mr. Cub® Goes To Washington Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 30 November 2009

When the curators at the Library of Congress Folklife Center began planning their Baseball Americana symposium (a two-day event in celebration of baseball October 2-3, 2009), they sought a living ambassador of the sport suitable of representing the colorful history and exuberant spirit of “America’s Game”…and they naturally thought of “Mr. Cub®” Ernie Banks. Ernie’s response was an immediate “Yes! I said, ‘Anything I can do for the game of baseball and our great fans around the world, count me in.’”

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A-Rod Rocks The Postseason; Gets King Kong Size Monkey Off His Back Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 30 November 2009

Despite the enviable regular-season success that Alex Rodriguez has enjoyed throughout his 16-year career, including 12 All-Star appearances, 583 career homers, and three AL MVP awards, he had always struggled in the postseason.  In fact, some would say A-Rod had a King Kong size monkey on his back that only Fay Ray could love, and everyone in New York came to dread each year.

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500HRC® Members Cranked ‘Em At Crunch Time Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 31 October 2009

Five of the Top 10 greatest post-season sluggers in MLB history are members of The 500 Home Run Club®.

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500 Home Run Club® Members Among MLB’s Few Triple Crown Winners Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 31 October 2009

In this world of sports specialization, it’s hard to conceive of a single Major League Baseball player outperforming each and every one of his league peers in all three major batting categories: 1) Home Runs, 2) Runs Batted In and 3) Batting Average.  Consistently hitting with power and being able to get a big hit when the pressure is on and you’re your team needs it most; are the skills from which legends are made.

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500 HRC Stars Shone @ DH Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 31 October 2009

Love it or hate it, you’ve gotta admit the Designated Hitter Rule has created a tremendous amount of thunder and lightning in American League and inter-league games played in AL stadiums.  Since MLB’s American League voted to allow its teams to use a “designated pinch hitter” in place of the pitcher starting in 1973, the practice has 1) boosted the excitement of games and 2) added years to the careers of veteran players who could still strike fear into the hearts of opposing pitchers, but found it difficult to play a defensive position.

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Mickey Mantle Rocked In October Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Born on October 20, 1931, Mickey Mantle took command of October baseball like no other player, before or since. He played in twelve World Series and won three MVP awards. His most impressive season (statistically) was in 1956, when he won the triple crown (leading the league in home runs, batting average and runs batted in) and was voted the league's Most Valuable Player by the most one-sided landslide of votes in major league history.

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Mr. October’s Number Retired By Two Teams Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 30 September 2009

New York Yankees (#44) and Oakland A’s (#9)  
     
While most MLB players (even 500HRC members) are honored to have their number retired by their home team, Reggie Jackson enjoyed two ceremonies that were 11 years…and more than 3,000 miles apart.

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