After eight teams and more than 22 seasons, Gary Sheffield became the 25th player to join the 500 home run club on April 17, 2009, with a solo shot in the seventh inning off Brewers' reliever Mitch Stetter. It was Sheffield's first homer -- and hit -- after signing with the Mets.
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Eddie Murray, who never hit more than 33 homers in a season, is one of four players with 500 homers and 3,000 hits. Murray became the 15th member of the 500 club on Sept. 6, 1996, in Baltimore with a solo homer off Detroit's Felipe Lira.
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Mel Ott hit 30 or more home runs eight times and led the NL in home runs six times. Master Melvin became the third member of the 500 club on Aug. 1, 1945, in New York with a solo homer off Boston's Johnny Hutchings.
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Mathews hit 30 or more home runs in nine consecutive seasons (1953-61), a National League record. He became the eighth member of the club on July 14, 1967, in San Francisco with a three-run homer off Juan Marichal.
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Mr. Cub topped the 40-homer mark five times while playing shortstop. He became the ninth member of the club on May 12, 1970, in Chicago with a solo homer off Atlanta's Pat Jarvis.
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Frank Thomas became the 21st major leaguer to hit 500 home runs when he drilled a three-run shot in the first inning on June 28, 2007. The homer off a 1-2 pitch by Minnesota's Carlos Silva traveled an estimated 396 feet and into the left-field stands of the Metrodome. The Big Hurt has hit 52 career homers against the Twins, his most against any team and the most by any active player against Minnesota.
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Manny Ramirez connected for career homer No. 500 on May 31, 2008, hitting a drive off Orioles righty Chad Bradford to become the 24th major leaguer to reach the milestone.
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Williams led the American League in home runs four times and won the Triple Crown twice. The Splendid Splinter became the fourth member of the club on June 17, 1960, in Cleveland with a two-run homer off Wynn Hawkins.
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McCovey led the National League in home runs three times (1963, '68 and '69). Stretch became the 12th member of the club on June 30, 1978, in Atlanta with a solo homer off Jamie Easterly.
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Foxx hit 30 or more homers in 12 consecutive seasons between 1929-40. Double X became the second member of the club on Sept. 24, 1940, in Philadelphia with a solo homer off George Caster.
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Mantle, who also hit a record 18 home runs in the World Series, led the American League in homers four times. The Commerce Comet became the sixth member of the club on May 14, 1967, in New York with a solo homer off Baltimore's Stu Miller.
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Jim Thome's 500th home run came in style. On Sept. 16, 2007, with the score tied 7-7 in the bottom of the ninth, Thome blasted a two-run, walkoff shot off Dustin Moseley to beat the Angels 9-7.
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A three-time MVP, Schmidt led the NL in home runs eight times. He became the 14th member of the club on April 18, 1987, in Pittsburgh with a three-run homer off Don Robinson.
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On August 4, 2007, just eight days after his 32nd birthday, Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player in major league history to hit 500 homers, joining the club with a three-run, first-inning homer on the first pitch he saw from Kansas City right-hander Kyle Davies. A-Rod is the 22nd player to reach the mark, the second in 2007 behind Frank Thomas.
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Jackson hit 23 or more home runs in 13 consecutive seasons between 1969-80. He became the 13th member of the club on Sept. 17, 1984, in Anaheim with a solo homer off Kansas City's Bud Black.
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The only player in history to post eight consecutive 38-homer seasons, Palmeiro is the second member of the 500-home run club born outside the U.S. (also Sammy Sosa). Palmeiro became the 19th member on May 11, 2003, with a three-run homer off Cleveland's David Elder.
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Killebrew hit 40 or more homers eight times and led the AL in homers six times. Killer became the 10th member of the club on Aug. 10, 1971, in Minnesota with a solo homer off Baltimore's Mike Cuellar.
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McGwire topped 50 homers in four consecutive seasons (1996-99) and reached 500 the quickest in terms of games (1,639) and at-bats (5,487). Big Mac became the 16th member of the club on Aug. 5, 1999, in St. Louis with a solo homer off San Diego's Andy Ashby.
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Robinson was the first player to hit 200 home runs in both leagues and is the only man to win MVP awards in both leagues. He became the 11th member of the club on Sept. 13, 1971, in Baltimore with a two-run homer off Detroit's Fred Scherman.
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The only player with three 60-homer seasons, Sosa holds the record for most home runs over a five-year span (292 between 1998-2002). Sosa became the 18th member of the club on April 4, 2003, with a solo shot at Cincinnati off reliever Scott Sullivan.
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Ken Griffey Jr.
Long seen as a lock to overtake Hank Aaron's all-time home run mark, Griffey was slowed by injuries and his march reduced to a crawl. The Kid hit only 43 home runs in three seasons -- 2001, '02 and '03 -- before finally reaching the 500 mark on June 20, 2004, in a 6-0 win at St. Louis.
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The Say Hey Kid led the NL in homers four times and posted 11 30-homer seasons. He became the sixth member of the club on Sept. 13, 1965, in Houston with a solo homer off Don Nottebart.
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Ruth was the first man in major league history to hit 30, 40, 50 and 60 homers. The Bambino became the charter member of the 500 club on Aug. 11, 1929, in Cleveland with a solo homer off Willis Hudlin.
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Hammerin' Hank never hit as many as 50 homers in a season, but he did hit 40 or more eight times. He became the eighth member of the club on July 14, 1968, in Atlanta with a three-run homer off San Francisco's Mike McCormick.<br><br>Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bonds is tied with Hank Aaron as baseball's all-time home run king. He became the 17th member of the 500 club on April 17, 2001, in San Francisco with a two-run homer off Los Angeles' Terry Adams.
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