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“Big Jim” Thome Moves On In Style Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Considered by many to be one of the most productive sluggers (and finest gentlemen) in MLB history, James Howard “Big Jim” Thome has spent the last 18 MLB seasons doing one thing better than perhaps any other player during the same span: quietly making opposing pitchers very nervous.

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500 Home Run Club Members Were Real Homers! Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 August 2009

While the 25 members of The 500 Home Run Club® are among the best known and beloved baseball players around the globe, most would agree with Dorothy’s famous proclamation in The Wizard of Oz: “There’s No Place Like Home."

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Ernie Banks: The Original Power Hitting Infielder Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 August 2009

While many would say Alex Rodriguez sets the standard for home run hitting infielder and Albert Pujols (who is 7-for-9 this year when the bases are loaded with 5 grand slams—tying Ernie Banks for the most grand slams in a season in the National League) is the most dominant hitter in baseball.  Both of these outstanding talents are merely following in the footsteps of the Hall-of-Fame shortstop who was thrilling crowds with both his power and his natural hitting ability two decades earlier – “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks.

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Jim Thome Flies Under The Radar To No. 12 All-Time Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 August 2009

“The Thomenator” passes “Mr. October” Reggie Jackson With #564
 
Unlike some of the members of The 500 Home Run Club whom he has bulled his way past in the past two seasons – such as Reggie Jackson (563), Mike Schmidt (548), Mickey Mantle (536), Ted Williams (521) and Ernie Banks (512) – Jim Thome has never really cared much about standing in the spotlight.  In fact, after cranking out long ball #563 on August 15 http://bit.ly/ThomeTiesJacksonHRs and #564 TBD to take over sole possession of the 12th spot in MLB history, “Big Jim” didn’t want to make a big deal about his achievements.

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Mike Schmidt Hit The Longest Single in MLB History Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 30 July 2009

On June 10, 1974, Schmidt hit one of the longest singles recorded in major league history. In a game against the Houston Astros, he crushed a Claude Osteen fastball off a speaker dangling from the ceiling of the Astrodome, 329 feet from the plate and 117 feet in the air.

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500 Home Run Club Members Knew How To Start Fast and Finish Strong Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 30 July 2009

When it comes to making an impact at the plate, the key for major leaguers is to “start the season with a bang”…or is it “finish it with a flash”?  Actually it’s both, a tough thing to do.  In fact, only three MLB players have hit 30 or more homers before-and-after the All Star break in the same season…and, big surprise, they’re all members of The 500 Home Run Club®.Slammin’ Sammy Sosa did so twice; in 1998 (33/33), when he was joined by his slugging mate “Big Mac” Mark McGwire (37/33).  Then, to prove it wasn’t a fluke, he did it again the following year (32/31) in 1999.

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500HRC Members Are Among Civil Rights Royalty Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 30 July 2009

In addition to being considered baseball royalty by fans worldwide, members of The 500 Home Run Club® are among the most famous and widely recognized people the world has ever seen. As such, their actions (athletic and civic alike) have been studied and modeled by generations of Americans. 

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Ramirez Returns With A Bang on 4th of July Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 07 July 2009

Independence Day Dinger Ties Jimmy Foxx with 534 Career Long Ball

Say what you want about Manny Ramirez, but the man can flat out hit the horse- hide.  Plus he clearly loves the game of baseball and is loved in return by fans nationwide who have embraced his quirky “Manny Being Manny” persona, unconventional approach to the major leagues and obvious power at the plate.

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Mathews Joined Club in July Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 01 July 2009

Predicted Hitting 500 HRs Tougher For Future Players

Eddie Mathews, who was best remembered for teaming with the immortal Hank Aaron to form the Braves' one-two punch that dominated the National League in the 1950s and early 1960s, actually preceded “Hammerin’ Hank” into both the 500 Home Run Club (7-14-67) and the National Baseball Hall-Of-Fame (1978).

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Mike Schmidt Becomes Third 500HRC Member With His Own Charity Wine Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 29 June 2009

Mike Schmidt Labels Charity Wine

To mark the 22nd anniversary of his 500th home run (April 18, 1987), Philadelphia legend Mike Schmidt announced in April that he is launching his own wine label with other members of the 500 Home Run Club, including Ernie Banks and Eddie Murray.

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ONE TEAM WONDERS Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 29 June 2009

Can You Name The Five MLB Players Have Hit 500+ Home Runs While Playing For Their Original Team?

Fans of the 500 Home Run Club, LLC are among the most informed and involved followers of baseball stats.  But here are some questions that may challenge even you!

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500 HRC All-Star Memories Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 29 June 2009

All-Star MVP Award Named For Ted Williams

While Major League Baseball’s tradition of selecting the All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player to recognize the most outstanding performer in each year’s game, didn’t begin until 1962, baseball historians and knowledgeable fans agree that Ted Williams personified the MVP spirit.

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500 HRC Members In Tune With June Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Sunday, 31 May 2009

June has always been a pivotal month for major league teams, and it was the month that many members of the 500 Home Run Club hit their pivotal long balls.
 


 

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SHEFFIELD TRULY THANKFUL FOR LANDMARK RESPONSE Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Sunday, 31 May 2009

Mets Slugger Receives Flood Of Congratulatory Messages After Hitting 500th Career Home Run.

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Jim Thome Passes Idol Mike Schmidt for 12th All-Time Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Sunday, 31 May 2009

The gladiator in him couldn’t allow Jim Thome to fully enjoy his 548th home run (that moved him into a tie for 13th place on the all-time home run list with Hall-of-Famer Mike Schmidt), because the White Sox lost the May 19th game to Toronto.

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Ramirez…Sheffield Latest 500 HRC Member On SI Cover; Mathews Was The First Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Sports Illustrated’s commitment to featuring baseball’s greatest sluggers was made abundantly clear when it spotlighted 500 Home Run Club member Eddie Mathews hitting a titanic blast out of Milwaukee’s cavernous County Stadium on the cover of its inaugural issue on August 16, 1954.

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ARMED FORCES DAY TRIBUTE – MAY 16 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 29 April 2009

500 HRC Greats Battled At The Plate…And In The Military

Members of the 500 Home Run Club were known for their ability to “fight off” inside fastballs and knock baseballs into the “wild blue yonder.”  But two of MLB’s greatest sluggers (Ted Williams and Willie Mays) also took time out of the playing career to serve in our nation’s military.

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ALL FOUR ONE Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Mays, Schmidt and Oh Share Record With Four Homers In Single Game

Mays Goes “FOUR” It

On April 30, 1961 at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, The San Francisco Giants scored fourteen runs against the Braves and eight of them belonged to Willie Mays.  The “Say Hey Kid” put on a dazzling display of power by going deep in the first, third, sixth, and eighth inning.  Mays later credited the fact that he used teammate Joey Amalfitano's bat during the game for his stunning display of power.

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SWINGING SHEFF COOKS UP A GREAT MOMENT IN NEW YORK Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 18 April 2009

Gary Sheffield; The Ultimate Journeyman Slugger Raps Out 500 Home Runs Playing For Eight Different Franchises

As he has throughout his playing career, Gary Sheffield became the 25th member of The 500 Home Run Club® on Friday, April 17, 2009 by defying convention and playing by his own rules.  Signed just days before the start of the 2009 season to play in the New York Mets beautiful new Citi Field, “The Iron Sheff” didn’t care if he started in right field or came of the bench as a pinch hitter when the game was on the line for The Mets…as long as he got his cuts at the plate.

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500HRC Launches Facebook For Long Ball Fans Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 30 March 2009

Leave it to the 500 Home Run Club to combine two of your favorite things:  home run trivia and Facebook. You guessed it, we’ve created the official 500HRC Facebook page. Just log on to our facebook page and join as a fan, to get started connecting with other 500 Home Run Club fans worldwide.

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MLB Young Guns Fire Away Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 30 March 2009

Prior to 1984, only 14 major league sluggers hit more than 500 career homers.  And from 1988 through 1995, nobody reached the legendary home run plateau.  But when “Steady Eddie” Murray crashed through the 500 barrier in 1996 it signaled a second coming of aggressive new hitting stars.

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