Eight years ago today, Rafael Palmeiro became the 19th player in Major League Baseball history to hit 500 home runs. Palmeiro, as a Texas Ranger, vaulted himself into the 500 home run club against the Cleveland Indians’ David Elder. His 500th came in the 7th inning with two on and two out and the Rangers already winning 9-5. Palmeiro’s home run knocked in the game deciding run as the Rangers would go on to win the game 17-10. Palmeiro would go on to hit a total of 569 home runs in his career and play in the majors for 20 years.
In bringing Palmeiro’s accomplishment up around the office, we found that there are some mixed reviews on his feat. Because Palmeiro was indicated in Jose Canseco 2005 tell all steroid book and the 2007 Mitchell Report, a lot of people write off his hitting accomplishments (Palmeiro is also only one of four players to have at least 500 homeruns and 3,000 hits for his career). How do you feel about Palmeiro being a member of the 500 home run club?
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams’ 500th career home run. Ted’s milestone shot came against the Cleveland Indians on June 17, 1960. Cleveland’s starting pitcher, Wynn Hawkings, was off to a 1-0 lead when Williams came up for his second at-bat of the game in the third inning. Number nine launched a 2-1 pitch deep into the left-field stands in Cleveland Stadium. The Red Sox finished the game out strong and came out with a 3-1 win.
Ted joined the Babe Ruth, Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx to be come only the fourth member of this illustrious club. Now the club has 25 members in total, some of which are still active. Click on the image below to check out this slide show we found celebrating all.
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