500 Home Run Club
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Hitting 500 home runs is the gold standard among sluggers in baseball. The list of members of the 500 home run club reads like a "who's who" list of the all-time greats with names like Ruth, Aaron, Mays, Bonds etc. Hitting 500 home runs was once considered a guaranteed ticket to Cooperstown but that has all changed after the steroid scandal of the 1990s. Throughout MLB history, there have only been 28 players who joined the 500 home run club (as of 2021). On August 11, 1929, Babe Ruth became the charter member of the club. It would be 11 years before a second player accomplished the feat. 11 of the 28 players hit their 500th homer in the 2000s.
Records and Trivia
Alex Rodriguez is the youngest player to hit 500 home runs; he did so at 32 years, 8 days old. A-Rod is also the youngest player in American League history to hit 500 home runs. Willie Mays is the youngest 500 home run hitter in National League history; he did so at the age of 34 years, 130 days old. Ted Williams was the oldest player to hit his 500th home run; he did so at 41 years, 292 days old. The quickest player in Major League history to hit 500 home runs is Mark McGwire; he hit his 500th homer in his 1,639th game and his 5,487th at-bat. Sammy Sosa was the quickest National League player in history to reach 500 home runs; he did so in his 1,651th game and his 6,382nd at-bat in the NL. Babe Ruth holds the record in the American League; he reached the mark in his 1,740th game and his 5,801st at-bat. Eddie Murray took the longest time in history to hit 500 home runs, he reached the mark in his 2,950th game and his 11,095th at bat.
Members of the 500 Home Run Club
There are currently 28 players in the 500 Home Run Club. The most recent player to join the club is Miguel Cabrera, who hit his 500th home run on August 22, 2021. He and Albert Pujols are the only members of the club who are currently active.
Players in bold are still active; totals are until the end of 2021 season.
Closest active players
as of June 12, 2022
Nelson Cruz - 456
Giancarlo Stanton - 360
Joey Votto - 336
Other Home Run Clubs
- Andrew Kamholz: "High Heat Stats: 500-homer club deserves second look", USA Today, April 3, 2014. 
- Matt Kelly: "The 500 Home Run Club: 28 sluggers have reached one of baseball's hallowed milestones", mlb.com, August 22, 2021. 
- Manny Randhawa and Mike Petriello: "500 HRs not out of reach for these stars", mlb.com, August 23, 2021.