500 HR Club Member was on the first SI Cover, and Many More… Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 March 2014

As it’s name exclaims, Sports Illustrated is an iconic weekly American sports magazine that chronicles the best in U.S. sports for the world to see.  And, of course, the members of the 500 Home Run Club are amongst the most dynamic and photo-worthy of all athletes playing “America’s Game.”

Sports IllustratedSports 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.

Since then SI has featured 500 HR Club members an amazing 42 times, including seven times for the most popular slugger Ted Williams, followed by six times each by Reggie Jackson and Mark McGwire, and multiple cover-story appearances for many other club members who shined as the greatest stars in baseball’s constellation.

SI’s December 21, 1998 was the first to feature two members of The 500 Home Run Club together, when it’s Sportsman of the Year issue featured Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa wearing togas and Roman headpieces. (see complete list below).

Williams (7)
Jackson (6)
McGwire (6)
Sosa (5, including the cover of SI en Espanol)
Griffey (5)
Bonds (4)
Schmidt (3)
Mantle (2)
Robinson (1)
Mays (1)
Mathews (1st cover)
Aaron (1)
Banks (1)

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