Yes…there were so few HR’s hit in the 50’s. (re: Carab Countless file)
There was a time when hitting 500 homers was a cause for national celebration.
It meant you joined a small club inhabited by legends Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Willie Mays.
That’s the club Eddie Mathews joined July 14, 1967, when he blasted his 500th homer off Juan Marichal at Candlestick Park.
He even beat his old Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves teammate Hank Aaron to the punch, since Aaron didn’t rip No. 500 until a year later. Of course, Aaron went on to slug 755 homers, which stood as the major league record until Barry Bonds passed him in 2007.
Now, hitting 500 homers only raises eyebrows and heightens suspicion. That’s what the steroid era has done to major league baseball. Even those players who might have been clean don’t get a free pass from the public because they played in an era when artificially induced sluggers were rampant.
When Mathews hit No. 500, he was just the seventh player in major league history to accomplish the feat. In 1978, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. On Feb. 18, he’ll be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame posthumously following his death in 2001.
Posted: February 01, 2013 at 06:39 AM | 20 comment(s)
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