This page is updated every now and then by my #1 Yankee Fan, Chris.
We made this page in January, 1999. Statistics are current through 2000.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
And now we are into Year 2000!!
Last Revised on October 03, 2000 12:28:00 PM
Refer to the following table and go directly to complete home run stats of the greatest:
Average age to start = 20.6 years old
Assuming 19 years playing time, this is
where some active players would end up:
Juan Gonzalez assume 8 more seasons - 740 dingers - would place him third all-time!
Mark McGwire assume 4 more seasons - 750 dingers - would place him third all-time
Barry Bonds - assume 4 more seasons - 700 dingers - would place him fourth all-time
Jose Canseco - assume 3 more seasons - 600 dingers - would place him sixth all-time
If the 500-homer club needs a headquarters, a good place would be Mobile, Ala., birthplace of Hank Aaron and Willie McCovey. The third member from Alabama is Willie Mays, born in Westfield. Not bad for a football-mad state.
Also contributing three members is Texas (Ernie Banks, Eddie Mathews and Frank Robinson).
McGwire's entry will be the third by a native Californian, along with Ted Williams and Eddie Murray.
Size doesn't matter.
The 6-5, 250-pound McGwire easily will be the biggest man in the club. McCovey was 6-4, 210 in his prime, and Williams was listed at 6-3, 205. The smallest was Mel Ott, at 5-9, 170. Three other sub-6-footers are in: Mays, Mickey Mantle and Harmon Killebrew, all 5-11. 30-plus thumping. McGwire has something in common with the most productive members of the 500-homer club. Of the players ranked 1-7 for homers all-time, five hit more after the age of 30 than before. Robinson and Killebrew are the exceptions.
Of those ranked 8th-15th, only Williams increased production after turning 30. For the 35-year-old McGwire, No. 500 will boost his after-30 homers to 271.
Doing it with style. Most entries into the 500-homer club have been made in the twilight of careers. One exception was Babe Ruth, who became the first 500-homer hitter while slugging 46 to lead the AL in 1929.
But the most productive year while hitting No. 500 was by Mays, during a 52-homer season that led the major leagues in 1965. McGwire is on pace to top that. They don't move much. Only McGwire, Robinson and Murray will have more than100 homers in each league.
Who's not in.
No second baseman or catcher has come close to joining the 500-homer club, which is dominated by outfielders. In terms of position, the remarkable member is Banks, whose eight seasons at shortstop make him the only middle infielder.
The proud moment.
Only Mathews can say he hit No. 500 against a Hall of Fame pitcher, Juan Marichal.
Jimmie Foxx's 500th, in 1940, was the first of four homers in the inning by the Red Sox. Also going deep were Hall of Famer Joe Cronin, and a future 500-club member, Williams. Foxx's milestone came against the Athletics, making him the only player to get No. 500 vs. his former team.
There has been much ado about Ruth abusing the short porch at Yankee Stadium and of Hank Aaron being helped by the so-called Launching Pad known as Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. But Ruth's career home-road home run breakdown is 347-367. Aaron's is 385-370.
Such balance is true for almost everyone in the 500-homer club, with two notable exceptions. Banks hit 290 homers at Wrigley Field and 222 on the road. But no 500-homer hitter took greater advantage of his home park than left-handed Ott at the Polo Grounds in New York. During Ott's 1926-47 career, the right-field corner ranged from 256 to 259 feet, with a 10-foot, 8-inch wall. Ott had 323 homers there, and only 188 on the road.
Ruth leads the pack (12), followed by Mike Schmidt (eight) and Killebrew and Ott (six each). Murray came dangerously close to being the only member without a homer title, tying three other players at 22 in strike-shortened 1981.
The bad news.
So far, Williams has the unsettling distinction of being the only member of the 500-homer club to celebrate a 70th birthday. Williams will turn 81 on Aug. 30. Next-oldest living members are Banks and Mays, both 68.
Ruth, from throat cancer at 53 in 1948; Ott, at 49 in 1958 when his car was hit by a drunk driver; Foxx, at 59 in 1967, when he choked on a piece of meat; and Mantle, at 63 in 1995, from liver cancer.
St. Louis Cardinals Mark McGwire is six home runs shy of reaching 500 for his career (through 7/29/99). In doing so, McGwire would be the first player to hit No. 400 and 500 in consecutive seasons. Big Mac, 35 years old, also would reach the milestone in only 13 seasons, quicker than any other player.
In chronological order, a breakdown of the 500 club: