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LIFE AFTER BASEBALL FOR "SAY HEY" WILLIE MAYS Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 31 January 2007

After hanging up his glove in 1973, Willie Mays remained for a time with the Mets organization, before becoming a public relations executive with Bally's Resorts and Colgate-Palmolive.

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Thanks a Million, Buck Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 31 January 2007

A campaign to build the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center

Buck O’Neil earned his place as one of America’s great teachers. He used his remarkable life as an open book to inspire and to motivate. He taught us about the unsung heroes of the Negro Leagues. He taught us humility; how to handle disappointment; and the prevailing power of the human spirit.

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Close But No 500 Star Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Sunday, 31 December 2006

Several outstanding players came close, hitting 450 or more, but failed to break through the 500 home run barrier due to injuries and other factors. The list of major league sluggers who had Hall of Fame careers, but simply never hit their 500th round-tripper includes:

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Mays, Schmidt, Gehrig Among Few With Four Homers in Single Game Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Sunday, 31 December 2006

Three 500 Home Run Club® dignitaries were among only 15 MLB players to hit four home runs in a single game:Lou Gehrig (06-03-32), Willie Mays (04-30-61) and Mike Schmidt (04-17-76)

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Cycling Their Way To Greatness Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 30 November 2006

In addition to being great long-ball hitters, 500 Home Run Club®members where also great all-around batters.  Here’s a list of the club members who also achieved one of the greatest feats in baseball – hitting for “The Cycle” (a single, a double, a triple and a home run in a single game):

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Honoring Lou Gehrig Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 30 November 2006

Continuing our mission of honoring baseball’s greatest sluggers, The 500 Home Run Club, LLC salutes Lou Gehrig (Henry Louis Gehrig), whose incredible batting accomplishments included hitting 493 home runs (just 7 shy of the mystical 500 mark), despite having his career tragically shortened, by the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – later named “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

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500 HRC Members Play Santa Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 30 November 2006

Just like millions of children worldwide await the arrival of Santa Claus at Christmas-time, millions of fans worldwide celebrate baseball’s all-time greatest home run hitters – the members of the 500 Home Run Club® – during the holidays by hanging ornaments featuring their favorite players on their Christmas trees.

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500 Home Run Club Members; Baseballs True MVPs Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 31 October 2006

November is the time to look back at the achievements of baseball’s greatest players and select the one player in each league who meant the most to his team, and the sport, during the previous season.  The player whose superior play, remarkable achievements and inspirational leadership made him the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the American and the National leagues.

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Mickey Mantle Excelled in October Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 30 September 2006

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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Celebrating "Mr October" Reggie Jackson Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 30 September 2006

Nicknamed "Mr. October" for his post-season heroics, Reginald Martinez "Reggie" Jackson always seemed to save his best play for autumn. Reggie had plenty of opportunity to shine in the postseason, as a member of 11 division champions, six pennant winners and five world champions (playing for the A's and Yankees). In 27 Fall Classic games, he hit .357 (95 points better than his regular season average) with 24 RBIs and managed to get a clutch hit virtually every time his team needed one.

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Babe Ruth Was so Good in the Post Season "it's Spooky" Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 30 September 2006

George Herman “Babe” Ruth had so many World Series rings that he had to wear two on his other hand. He led seven teams to the promised land, winning three times with the Red Sox (1915-1916, 1918), and four as a Yankee (1923, 1927-1928, 1932).

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Members Foundations Bring Blessings to Needy Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 30 September 2006

Thanks to their tremendous popularity and influence among their fans, major leaguers have a proud tradition of giving back to their community, and encouraging others to do so. Many of the members of The 500 Home Run Club® started their own non-profit foundations to provide support for charitable causes.

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"The Kid" Ken Griffey, Jr.: The Greatest Hitter in the 90's Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 30 September 2006

The most recent inductee into the 600 Home Run Club, Ken Griffey, Jr. was affectionately dubbed “Junior” by the baseball world, when he became the youngest player to hit 450 career home runs.

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500 Home Run Club® Members Lead the Multiple Homer Parade Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 30 September 2006

Baseball history is filled with the storied achievements of 500 HRC members, such as Aaron, Mays and Sosa, who were able to hit long-balls seemingly at will.  And when the greatest hitters in baseball got in the groove, they really put on a show!

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EL BÉISBOL DE LATINO ES FANTÁSTICO! (LATINO BASEBALL PLAYERS ARE FANTASTIC!) Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 August 2006

The 500 Home Run Club® members and fans salute all of the Latino players who have hit 500 or more home runs, including: Slammin’ Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Martin Dihigo (Negro Leagues), Hector Espino Gonzalez (Mexican Leagues).   The next generation of Latino power hitters, such as New York Yankee 3B Alex Rodriquez (448) and Dominican Republic-native/Boston Red Sox player Manny Ramirez (464) continue to put up prodigious home run tallies year after year and are nearing the 500 home run plateau:

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Muy Bien Martin Dihigo Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 August 2006

Cuban born Martín Magdaleno (Llanos) Dihigo (honorary 500 Home Run Club® Member) was perhaps the most versatile player in baseball history. Known as "El Maestro," he played all nine positions skillfully. Dihigo became a national institution in his native Cuba, but also starred in many other countries, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, also spending 12 seasons in the Negro leagues.

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The "Outlaw Circuit" Mexican League Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 August 2006

Long known as the first stop for prospective major leaguers and the last stop for over-the-hill ball players, the Mexican League is now officially classified as Triple-A, and widely regarded as Mexico’s domestic major league.

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Sosa slugs way into America's Heart Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 August 2006

After a one year hiatus from baseball in 2006, Sammy Sosa returned to his first team - The Texas Rangers - for what turned out to be a farewell tour...as well as his chance to gain entry into the ultra-exclusive 600 Home Run Club.  The results were everything he - and his millions of fans worldwide - had hoped for:  21 home runs during the 2007 season, enabling him to victoriously crash through the 600 homer plateau and finish what will undoubtedly be a Hall-Of-Fame career with 609 long balls.

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MLB Hall of Fame Says ¡Viva La Béisbol! With Special Exhibit Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 August 2006

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is saluting the unique impact of Latino baseball on America’s national pastime with a multi-faceted campaign entitled “BASEBALL! ¡BÉISBOL!” Sponsored by CITGO Petroleum Corporation, the five-year celebration is being highlighted by a pair of traveling exhibits that are touring the U.S. saluting Latino Hall of Famers Luis Aparicio, Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, and Tony Pérez.

Hall of Fame Honors Mexican Greats

 
Godfather Knows Best Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 July 2006

Bonds began coming to the Giants clubhouse as early as age 5 when father Bobby -- who died Aug. 23 -- was teammates with Mays. The youngster immediately tabbed Mays as his favorite player and recalled playing catch with the future Hall of Famer.

"I was just in awe over Willie," said Bonds about his godfather on CNBC's "The Edge With Carlos Watson." "Ever since I was a little kid, he's been my idol. ... We've been spending a lot more time together since my dad has passed away. And he's now my eyes behind my head in the game of baseball."

"He understands history now, much more than I think four or five years ago," said Mays. "He's gonna be the No. 1 player on the Giants right now, home run-wise.

 "So, to me, I'm proud of that. I quit. I'm out of the game, so why not have him go ahead on and try to get to the [Babe] Ruth [mark of 714], try to get to [Hank] Aaron [at 755] if he can? Take what you can take and that's the way I look at it."

 Mays also talked about how important it was for the young Bonds to go to college instead of joining the Giants after they drafted him in 1982.

 "Because he went to school, he already knew when he came to Pittsburgh [after being drafted again in 1985] that that's what he really wanted to do," said Mays. "And how he wanted to do it."

 
Growing Up Bonds Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 July 2006

Barry Lamar Bonds was born on July 24, 1964, in Riverside, California. The son of three-time All-Star Bobby Bonds, godson of one of the game’s greatest players Willie Mays, and distant cousin of Reggie Jackson, another 500 Home Run Club® member, Bonds was destined for greatness. He spent his childhood years roaming the clubhouse at Candlestick Park, getting tips from Mays and other Giants.

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