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Williams Hit #521 in Final At Bat Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 31 August 2007

Ted Williams retired from the game in 1960 and hit a home run in his final at-bat, on September 28, 1960, in front of only 10,454 fans at Fenway Park. This home run, a solo shot hit off Baltimore pitcher Jack Fisher in the 8th inning that reduced the Orioles' lead to 4-3—was immortalized in The New Yorker essay "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu", by John Updike. 

 
Latest 500 Home Run Club Inductees are First-Class Guys Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 31 August 2007

In addition to impressing the baseball world by becoming the 21st (Frank Thomas), 22nd (Alex Rodriguez), 23rd (Jim Thome) and 24th (Manny Ramirez) players to join the legendary 500 Home Run, “Big Frank”, “A-Rod”, "The Thomenator" and "Man Ram" are impressive gentlemen.  Each has worked diligently to maintain a positive lifestyle and highly productive career, while also pursuing philanthropic endeavors that improve the lives of their fans and fellow players.

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Straight A’S for A-ROD Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Yankees Slugger Youngest To JOIN THE CLUB!

Alex Rodriguez, who turned 32 on July 27, 2007, gave himself one of the most amazing late-birthday presents possible.  By hitting his 500th home run on August 4th of that year, he has gained membership into one of the most exclusive clubs in professional sports – The 500 Home Run Club®.

At 32 years and 8 days of age, he bested "The Beast" Jimmie Foxx, the previous youngest-ever club member, by nearly an entire year (Fox did it in 32 years, 338 days).

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Eclipsing 500 Is Still A Shining Achievement Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 31 July 2007

To a casual observer the entrance of four new 500 Home Run Club®, members in little more than one year could suggest that the landmark achievement has lost its exclusivity or is not as big of an achievement as it has been in the past. This is absolutely untrue.

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Four the Glory Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Three 500 HRC members/honorary members are among only 15 players to hit four home runs in a single contest.

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Hank Aaron: Consummate Home Run Hitter and Gentleman Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Never one seek media attention or personal accolades, Henry (Hank) Aaron often let his bat do the talking.  “I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That's when you've got to be serious. When I get out on the field, nothing's a joke to me. I don't feel like I should walk around with a smile on my face,” Aaron said.

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Barry Bonds was a real "Home-r" Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Perhaps the only certainty surrounding Barry Bonds’ ascent to the top of the home run mountain was that his record-tying 756th blast would occur -- whether by design or coincidence -- at home, within the friendly environs of the San Francisco AT&T Park, where he could be sure of receiving a suitably warm tribute from the crowd.

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500 HRC Members Sparkle and Shine in All-Star Games Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 30 June 2007

Aging But Still Splendid Babe Stars at 1st All-Star Game

The first All-Star Game was held as part of the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago and was the brainchild of Arch Ward, then sports editor for The Chicago Tribune. Thirty-eight-year-old Babe Ruth, a crowd pleaser to the end, belted the first All-Star home run in the third inning of the inaugural All-Star Game in 1933 (Chicago, Comiskey Park).  Ruth also made a dazzling late-inning catch to secure the 4-2 win for the American League. The spectacle and excitement generated by this first All-Star Game ensured that it would be an annual event.

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Fans Select Hank Aaron’s 500th as “GREATEST HOME RUN MOMENT” Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 30 June 2007

In 2007, we hosted an exclusive online fan poll at www.500hrc.com to determine the “GREATEST 500 HOME RUN MOMENT” of all time.  

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“BIG HURT” Frank Thomas Powers On! Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 30 June 2007

Frank Thomas Swats #500 to Join Baseball’s Most Elite Sluggers

On Thursday, June 28, 2007, The “Big Hurt” Frank Thomas (520) hit a three-run home run off Minnesota’s Carlos Sliva an estimated 396-feet into the Metrodome’s left-field stands to join some of his childhood heroes and lifelong role models, such as Ernie Banks, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron as a member of major league baseball’s most exclusive club:  The 500 Home Run Club, LLC.

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Lou Gehrig Tells July 4th Crowd “I’m the Luckiest Man on Earth” Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 30 June 2007

July 4, 1939 was Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium and ‘the Iron Horse’s’ uniform number 4 was the first ever to be retired in New York.

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500 HRC Members Created Their Own Fireworks on July 4th Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 30 June 2007

Mickey Mantle was a true Yankee Doodle Dandy

The Fourth of July was a truly significant date for Mickey Mantle who, much like pyrotechnic experts, used the day as an annual occasion to launch explosive blasts over Yankee stadium.  In 18 big-league seasons, Mantle hit a total of seven Independence Day home runs.

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Reg-gie, Reg-gie Quiets Twins Crowd on July 4th Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 30 June 2007

A historic home run for Reggie Jackson

It was July 4th, 1979, top of the 9th, tie ballgame.  The crowd was into it. Mike Marshall was the Twins’ ace in the bullpen that year. He fanned the first two batters with a wicked screwball that had mystified hitters all year. The only problem was that the next batter was Reggie Jackson.

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Joining The Club in June Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 May 2007

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

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Ken Griffey Passes Frank Robinson; Sets Sights on Sosa Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 May 2007

When Ken Griffey, Jr. (609+) hit home run #600 on June 9, 2008, to become the newest member of the vaulted 600 Home Run Club (and only the 6th player in MLB history to hit 600 or more home runs) “Junior” was honored to just have his name mentioned in the same sentence with players like Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660) and Sammy Sosa (609).

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Ichiro Suzuki Revs His Engines in Seattle Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 30 April 2007

While the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa sports bike is the fastest production motorcycle on the planet, the Seattle Mariner’s Suzuki (Ichiro) started out fast and has continued to fine-tune his game during his seven years in major league baseball.

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Hank Aaron Longed for April Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 31 March 2007

While the first month of each new MLB season is loaded with excitement and full of promise for every major league player, April couldn’t come soon enough for MLB Home Run King Henry “Hank” Aaron, who ended the previous season on the brink of the game’s most legendary home run achievement.

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Bonds Blasts 500th in April Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 31 March 2007

Hank Aaron, Willie Mays & Barry Bonds honored for their amazing achievement

After reaching a career home run total of 495, Barry Bonds went on an unprecedented tear, going deep in five consecutive games to reach the magical 500 home run plateau.

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Schmidt Smacks 500th in April Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 31 March 2007

Mike Schmidt was the personification of talent at the hot corner, possessing a combination of raw power, batting skill and defensive finesse. His brute strength enabled him to lead the league in homer eight times, and rack up more than 500 career home runs.

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Sosa Becomes 1st Latino 500 HRC Member in April Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 31 March 2007

After living in the national TV spotlight for the second half of the 1998 season, as he joined in lock-step with St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire in their spectacular pursuit of New York Yankee great Roger Maris’ single season MLB home run record, one would think that Slammin’ Sammy Sosa would have been immune to the pressure of hitting landmark home runs. 

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Ernie Banks Life After Baseball Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 31 January 2007

Just as he had the game of baseball, “Mr. Cub®” Ernie Banks approached life after baseball with his trademark enthusiasm and commitment to being the best. And, just as he had during his 11-year playing career, Banks has remained loyal and actively involved with the Chicago Cubs for more than 54 years.

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