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500 Home Run Club Members Go “All Hollywood” Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 28 February 2009

Baseball’s biggest stars dazzle in movies, TV, music, awards shows

While today’s elite athletes train year-round, (see Manny Maxes-Out in Off Season) the winter months have always provided major leaguers with a much needed reprieve from the physical and mental challenges of 162 regular season games – not to mention the heightened emotions and stress of post-season playoffs.

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Anticipating 500 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 28 February 2009

When, Where and How Of Our Newest Members’ Ascent To The Magical #500
Like the 70’s pop song “Anticipation,” the prospect of knocking out home run number 500 is music to the ears of Detroit Tigers outfielder Gary Sheffield.  After finished the 2008 MLB season with the tantalizing total of 499 career homers, The “Iron Shef” is looking forward to become the 25th member of The 500 Home Run Club® in the early days of the 2009 baseball season.

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"Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks: Beloved By Millions Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 31 January 2009

Generations of baseball fans, in Chicago and worldwide, have celebrated "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks as one of the greatest players and living ambassadors ever to grace the world of professional sports.

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Baker Had Front Seat For 500 Home Run Club® History Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 31 January 2009

As manager of the Chicago Cubs during the 2003 season, Dusty Baker had a front row seat for Sammy Sosa’s history making 500th home run on April 4, 2003. “It was like déjà vu,” said Baker, who watched Sosa’s historic long ball from the visitor’s dugout in Cincinnati.

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Home Run Firsts: (1876) Ross Barnes Hits First Major League Home Run Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Long before 500 Home Run Club® members thrilled crowds with titanic blasts into the upper decks or towering fly balls that splashed outside the stadium… batting star Ross Barnes is credited with hitting the first home run in the organized Major League while he played for the Chicago White Stockings, the ancestors of today's Chicago Cubs.

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LIFE Magazine Covered 500 HRC Members Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 31 December 2008

LIFE Magazine Covered 500 HRC Members... features Ted Williams, Honorary 500HRC members Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays

Looking back through the archives of LIFE Magazine covers offers an unmatched glimpse of Americana, but a surprisingly few faces from America’s Game. The majority of MLB baseball players featured on the cover of LIFE were chosen because they were both icons in U.S. history and the greatest hitters of all time…the members of the 500 Home Run Club.

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Fastball, Curve Or Slider – What Flies Higher? Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Which pitch did 500 Home Run Club members prefer, and Why? 

Hammerin’ Hank Aaron

Henry Aaron (shown in this 1957 picture with Ted Williams below) said the best way to hit the curve ball was not to miss the fastball. "Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is eighty percent of being a successful hitter. The other twenty percent is just execution."

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2009 Should Be A Happy New Year For Gary Sheffield Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 30 December 2008

MLB’s Ultimate Journeyman Slugger Stands at 499…With A Big Smile
 
Gary Sheffield's chase for 500 home runs will have to wait for the 2009 season, but that suits him just fine. For the Detroit fan favorite who ended 2008 with 499 career home runs, joining the prestigious 500 Home Run Club® is just another reason for him to look forward to next season.

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Harmon Killebrew Delivers Holiday Joy at Courage Center Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 01 December 2008

For 13 years, Harmon Killebrew (affectionately nicknamed "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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Griffey Spreads Xmas Cheer Print E-mail
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Sunday, 30 November 2008

Anyone who has followed Ken Griffey Jr.’s storybook career, first with the Seattle Mariners, then with the Cincinnati Reds and most recently with the Chicago White Sox, knows that he has always been a big supporter of charities for young people.

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On Deck For 2009 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Sunday, 30 November 2008

The coming year promises to be as exciting as an extra inning playoff game for 500 Home Run Club® LLC members, enthusiasts, and baseball pundits around the globe.  
On the positive side, Gary Sheffield – who finished the 2008 season with the tantalizing total of 499 career home runs – looks to become the 25th member of The 500 Home Run Club…and he couldn’t be more excited about the prospects represented by the coming of the 2009 baseball season.

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DIALED IN Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 01 November 2008

500 HR Club Members Tell Us What It’s Like To Be “In The Zone” At The Plate Experienced hitters, such as the members of The 500 Home Run Club®, are (were) experts at reading the pitcher’s tendencies in order to gain an advantage by anticipating the type of pitch that was traveling the 60 feet 6 inches from the mound to home plate.

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500 HRC Members Also Dazzle With “D” Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 01 September 2008
Sluggers’ Defensive Abilities Were Also Legendary...
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Thome Joined 500 HR Club in Sept. ’07; Hasn’t Slowed Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 01 September 2008

535th Home Run Leapfrogs “Double XX” Jimmie Foxx; Puts Him One Behind Mantle

Last September, “The Thomenator” Jim Thome joined The 500 Home Run Club, and he’s in the groove again this summer. The towering Chicago DH has hit four homers in his last 10 games, and is bruising the ball with a .525 slugging percentage.  In other words folks…The Thomenator is on a tear.

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500 HRC Members Lead Teams (Old & New) Into 2008 Pennant Races Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 July 2008

In addition to being the greatest power-hitters of their generation, the active members of The 500/600 Home Run Clubs are “Go-To-Guys” who can change the outcome of a tight game with one swing of a bat.

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Mr. Cub Gets Some Love Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Dedication of Life-Sized Statue at Clark & Addison Is Much Anticipated By Fans and Much Appreciated By Ernie Banks

Prior to their home opener vs. the Milwaukee Brewers on March 31st 2008, The Chicago Cubs bestowed a unique (and greatly deserved) honor on “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks by dedicating a beautiful new statue of Ernie in his heyday outside Wrigley Field.

 

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ERNIE BANKS POPS THE CORK FOR CHARITY! Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 09 April 2008

Chicago baseball legend Ernie Banks is launching his own wine labels with other members of the exclusive 500 Home Run Club, Mike Schmidt and Eddie Murray. The players will not profit a single dime. Instead, 100% of their proceeds will support their favorite charity. Proceeds from Ernie Banks 512 Chardonnay will support his Live Above & Beyond Foundation.

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Eddie Mathews Honored as Only Brave to Play in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 January 2008

On May 8, 2007, The Milwaukee Brewers honored former Milwaukee Braves players Eddie Mathews (512 career homers) and Warren Spahn with an induction into the Miller Park Walk of Fame.

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Red Sox Commemorate Ted Williams: The Player and The Man Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 January 2008

One April 16, 2004, the Red Sox unveiled the Ted Williams Jimmy Fund statue outside the Gate B entrance to Fenway Park at the corner of Ipswich and Van Ness Streets. Crafted by sculptor Franc Talarico, the 1,200-pound, eight-and-a-half foot tall statue depicts Williams (521 career homers) placing his hat upon the head of a young boy with cancer. it is a testament to the half-century of public appeals the late Hall of Famer made on behalf of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund — the official charity of the Red Sox.

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Jimmie Foxx Centennial Celebration a Huge Hit! Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Family members and fans from several states converged on Sudlersville, MD on October 20, 2007 to celebrate the centennial of the birth of the town’s most famous son—Jimmie Foxx (534 career homers).

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Louisiana Salutes Native Son With Mel Ott Parkway Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 January 2008

While other baseball greats have statues, plagues and junior leagues named in their honor, only one, Mel Ott (511 career home runs), has a stretch of state highway bearing his name.  On October 7, 2004, the City of Gretna announced the dedication of portion of Louisiana 23 as MEL OTT PARKWAY as passed by Act 20 of the Louisiana Legislature. The portion of the highway bears memorial markers in honor of Gretna's native son and national baseball hero, "Mel Ott!"
 

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