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).
A-Rod Passes Fellow Yankees Legend Mickey Mantle
On July, 2008 Rodriquez (537+) passed Mickey Mantle (536) for sole possession of 13th on the career list and is second among active players, behind Ken Griffey, Jr. (605+) who rocked the baseball world on June 9, 2008 by socking his 600th long-ball. Baseball aficionados worldwide also appreciate the fact that Rodriguez is hitting with both high power and high average. But perhaps the most telling statistic is the fact that, on July 24, 2007, he became the first player in the new millennium to reach 100 RBIs in less than 100 games. The last player to do so was The 500 Home Run Club's newest member Manny Ramirez, who did it with the Boston Red Sox in 1999. The last Yankee to reach this feat was Honorary 500 HRC member Lou Gehrig in 1937.