Fantastic Facts About 500 HRC Members Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013

Willie MayesTwo 500 Home Run Club® members were among a select few MLB players to hit four home runs in a single game: Willie Mays (04-30-61) and Mike Schmidt (04-17-76) > only 15 players have ever achieved this feat. 

During the 1990’s Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa joined fellow 500 Home Run Club® members Jimmie Foxx and Babe Ruth in the quintessential quartet, as the only four players in major league history to reach 35 home runs and 100 RBI in seven straight seasons.

On May 12, 2005, Sammy Sosa homered twice and Ken Griffey Jr. went deep once, marking just the fourth time in Major League Baseball history that two members of the 500 HRC homered in the same game.

Manny Ramirez, who homered in four at-bats over the span of two games in 1998.

In 1970 Willie McCovey became is the first player in history to hit thirty or more home runs in a season and have more intentional walks than homers (40 INT BB, 39 HR). When asked why his pitchers don’t give McCovey more hittable pitches, Cincinnati Reds Manager Sparky Anderson said: “If you pitch to him he'll ruin baseball. He'd hit 80 home runs. There's no comparison between McCovey and anybody else in the league."

Alex Rodriguez Harmon Killebrew was walked intentionally with no one on base three times in his career?

500 Home Run Club® members Barry Bonds (1996) and Alex Rodriguez (1998) and power-hitters extraordinare Jose Canseco (1988) and Alfonso Soriano (2006) are the only four major league ballplayers in the 40/40 Club — meaning they hit at least forty home runs and stole at least forty bases during the same season. When Soriano joined the 40/40 Club his manager, Hall of Famer and himself a member of the 500 Home Run Club, Frank Robinson commented, "It's a very nice accomplishment.

There's no doubt about it. The people that hit forty home runs or more don't steal that many bases, even today. It's quite an accomplishment."





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