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.

Sosa's Bat
Sosa's Bat
One of the latest 500 HRC additions to The Hall was added on April 8th 2003, when “Slammin’ Sammy Sosa donated the bat that he used to stroke his landmark 500th long ball to the HOF.  Sosa, a Chicago fan favorite who used his power to delight the Wrigley Field faithful and millions of fans worldwide, became just the 18th player in MLB history – and the first Latin American player – to reach the milestone.

Sosa artifacts from the 1998 season in the Museum include:
•  the bat used to set the NL record for most HR (18) in a month (June);
•  the bat from HR #57;
•  the bat from HRs 59-62;
•  the ball from HR #62;
•  the bat from HRs #64-66;
•  the Cubs’ home jersey he was wearing when he hit his 62nd HR;
•  his helmet, hat, wristband, batting gloves and spikes used in September 1998;
•  Cubs’ announcer Chip Caray’s scorecard from #62;
•  a gold “1” and “3” from the Wrigley manual scoreboard, representing home runs #62 and #60;
•  home plate from Milwaukee where he hit HR #s 64 & 65.
 
The Museum also has the cap he wore in 1999 when he achieved his second 60-home run season and the jersey he wore on May 16, 2001, when he stroked his 400th home run, as well as the jersey worn by Sosa when he hit his #600th homer on June 20th  2007 against his former team the Chicago Cubs.  
 
In addition to Sosa’s impressive assortment of items in the Hall of Fame Museum, there are an incredible assortment of other artifacts associated with landmark homers, including:

McGwire's Bat
McGwire's Bat

 





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