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THE UNTOLD TRUTH Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 January 2008

NLBM Endorses New Movie About History of Black Baseball in America.

Since it’s inception in 1990, the National Negro Leagues Baseball Museum has worked tirelessly to preserve the inspirational history of black baseball in America, as well as the remarkable legacy of early innovators, including...

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A-Rod / Bonds Flash Thunder & Lighting in 40 / 40 Club Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 January 2008

The 40-40 Club is a term coined by sportswriters to distinguish Major League Baseball players who accumulate a total of both 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season.

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Sadaharu Oh Wields Baseball “Sword” to Hit More Home Runs Than Any Other (868) Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 03 January 2008

When Sadaharu Oh signed his first professional baseball contract with the Yomiuri (a.k.a. Tokyo) Giants in 1959, the 19-year-old was a struggling pitcher in search of focus and a distinct baseball personality.   After struggling early in his career, the 5'11, 173-pound Oh became an adamant pupil of Giants’ Hitting Coach Hiroshi Arakawa in 1962.
 

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Hammerin’ Hank Honored in Atlanta’s Monument Grove Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 December 2007

Although Henry Aaron (755 career homers) made a career of thrilling Braves fans in historic Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, he is honored with a statue and other larger-than-life displays at the modern day home of the Atlanta Braves, Turner Field.  Fans entering the Grand Entry Plaza located on the north end of the ballpark often stand in awe of a 100-foot diameter photograph of Hank Aaron's actual 715th home run ball, which dominates the Plaza-side scoreboard and provides a popular backdrop for fan photos.

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Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park is Stocked With 500 Home Run Club Heroes Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 December 2007

Not to be outdone by the honors bestowed on Reggie Jackson in Anaheim, CA, the Yankees dedicated a plaque in his honor on July 6, 2002, which now hangs in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.

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Phillies Show How They Feel About Mike Schmidt Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 December 2007

When the Philadelphia Phillies christened Citizens Bank Park on April 12, 2004, there were two iconic figures cast in metal for prosperity.  One was a gigantic Liberty Bell (50' high and 35' wide), which towers 100 feet above street level and comes to life after every Phillies home run.  The Bell and clapper swing side-to-side independently and its neon edges light up and pulsate. The Bell's ring is heard throughout Citizens Bank Park.

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One 500 HRC Great Honors Another at Opening of The Great American Ballpark Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 December 2007

When the Cincinnati Reds dedicated their new home – The Great American Ballpark – on March 31st 2003, one of the team’s all-time greatest players, Frank Robinson, was on-hand to witness the unveiling of larger than life bronze statues of himself, as well as Crosley Field-era players (Joe Nuxhall, Ernie Lombardi, and Ted Kluszewski).

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500th Home Run Memorabilia Shine Bright in Cooperstown Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 30 November 2007

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY has more than 35,000 artifacts, 2.6 million library items (such as newspaper clippings and photos) and 130,000 baseball cards.  Some of the most popular and heavily visited are those contributed by members of the 500 Home Run Club to mark their historic achievements.

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500 HRC Members Provide Switch-Hitting Swagger Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 30 November 2007

A switch hitter has the power to change any game he is in. His ability to hit from either the right or left side helps set up favorable pitching match-ups for his team and also makes the opposing teams pitching coach work twice as hard to scout his team.

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Amassing 500 in Primetime Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 30 November 2007

There’s a reason that baseball is known as “America’s Game,” and that billions of ravenous fans worldwide can’t seem to get enough…and it’s called the Home Run.

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Hammerin’ Hank Was King of Back-To-Back Jacks Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Considering that he hit more home runs than everyone in MLB history, except Barry Bonds, it’s not surprising that Henry Aaron (755) hit back-to-back long balls in the same game more than two dozen times. 

Following is a list of games in which Hank knocked one out of the park two times in consecutive at bats:

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The Biggest Stars On The Biggest Stage Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 31 October 2007

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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“Mr. Cub” Steps Up To Plate at 2007 Special Olympians in China Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 25 October 2007

“Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks and his wife, 500 Home Run Club, LLC President Liz Banks, were among the celebrities and dignitaries who where invited to represent the United States as part of the Presidential delegation that attended the recent Special Olympic opening ceremonies on October 5th, 2007, in Shanghai China.

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Newest Member of Club; Ramirez Holds Playoff Home Run Record Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Red Sox slugger has 24 postseason long balls (and counting); Holds all-time top spot

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Jim Thome Slugs His Way To 500 Plateau and Beyond Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 06 October 2007

The “Thomenator" Third Slugger To Join The Club in 2007

In our May edition 2007, we reported that five active players were within striking distance of becoming members of baseball’s most impressive club – The 500 Home Run Club®.

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A-Rod Keeps Hitting Homers at Torrid Pace Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Sunday, 30 September 2007

Less than a year after becoming the youngest-ever member of the exclusive 500 Home Run Club® on August 4th, 2007 Alex Rodriguez (537+) has continued hitting homers at a furious clip...and has moved up to 13th on the all-time leader board. Next up: Philadelphia Phillies great "Iron" Mike Schmidt (548).

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(Big) Hurt’s So Good Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Sunday, 30 September 2007

On September 17, 2007 “The Big Hurt” Frank Thomas proved that he still has awesome power by cranking out three home runs to pass Mel Ott on the career list, and then to move into a tie with Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews with 512 career homers for the 18th spot on the all-time career list.

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500 Home Run Club Members Pop the Cork... for Charity! Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Sunday, 30 September 2007

Members of the 500 Home Run Club have long been known for their philanthropic spirit.  So it’s no surprise that three members of baseball’s most elite fraternity are helping charities raised funds by launching their own, exclusive wine label under the banner of the “500 Home Run Club®

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Hispanic Players Are “MUY CALIENTE” Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 31 August 2007

It’s only fitting that Hispanic Heritage Month  (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) coincides with the most exciting portion of the baseball season since many of the most exciting hitters in the major leagues are Hispanic. 

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In 1998 Sammy Sosa Won The Roberto Clemente Award and America’s Hearts Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 31 August 2007

The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to a Major League Baseball player selected for his character and charitable contributions to his community. It is named for Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente, who was killed in a plane crash in 1972 while delivering supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

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500 HR Club Members Among First, Best at DH Print E-mail
Written by David Vincent   
Friday, 31 August 2007

It’s nearly impossible to appreciate all of the ways that members of the 500 Home Run Club, LLC have influenced and furthered the sport of major league baseball worldwide.  One way that is seldom discussed is their early and continued role as Designated Hitters (DH).

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