600 HRC Members Square Off For First Time in MLB History
Written by Jim Rednour
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Years before Sammy Sosa (609) un-retired to hit #600 on June 20, 2007,
and Ken Griffey Jr. (616+) crashed through the 600 home run barricade
with what is perhaps the most graceful swing MLB fans have seen since
Ted Williams; these two All-Stars achieved another baseball first by
joining with Rafael Palmeiro (569) on June 10, 2005 as the first three
members of The 500 Home Run Club® to compete against each other for the
first time in big league history.
Unfortunately Sosa and Palmeiro teamed up for a rather lackluster day
(going a cumulative 1-of-7 with four strike outs) during the
interleague contest between the Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore
But “The Kid put on quite a show for the hometown
crowd at The Great American Ballpark by extending his 13 game hitting
streak with a single in the bottom of the sixth. Then, with two out in
the bottom of the 8th, he crushed a J. Parrish fastball for his tenth
homer of the season.
"If I'm compared to Babe Ruth or Willie
Mays, that's great. But I'm just going to go out there and be myself.
"As long as I have fun playing, the stats will take care of
themselves,” Griffey was quoted as saying.