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Baseball 500 Home Run Club

Can you name the Major League players who have hit at least 500 career home runs?
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HR
Player
762
Barry Bonds
755
Hank Aaron
714
Babe Ruth
703
Albert Pujols
696
Alex Rodriguez
660
Willie Mays
630
Ken Griffey, Jr.
612
Jim Thome
609
Sammy Sosa
586
Frank Robinson
HR
Player
583
Mark McGwire
573
Harmon Killebrew
569
Rafael Palmeiro
563
Reggie Jackson
555
Manny Ramirez
548
Mike Schmidt
541
David Ortiz
536
Mickey Mantle
534
Jimmie Foxx
HR
Player
521
Willie McCovey
521
Frank Thomas
521
Ted Williams
512
Ernie Banks
512
Eddie Mathews
511
Miguel Cabrera
511
Mel Ott
509
Gary Sheffield
504
Eddie Murray
50 Comments
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Level 10
Apr 1, 2013
aaron deserves the title of home run king, bonds took steroids
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Level 66
Apr 1, 2013
I agree Bonds was jacked of steroids.
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Level 54
Aug 11, 2013
his hat size jumped several notches over the years... Scored 19/25 not bad.
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Level 84
May 12, 2017
Yep, totally agree. I love baseball. I love the history of the game. I can tell you who won or lost every World Series ever played and know something about virtually every series. I begged my dad to let me stay up for one more AB by Hank Aaron in '74 when he broke Ruth's record, and for the only time in my life, cheered for a Yankee when I saw Derek Jeter eclipse 3,000 hits live & in-person. But I have never (and will never) watched the "highlight" of Bonds hitting the HR to break Aaron's HR record.

Aaron is a beloved figure in every baseball town in the country, and is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. Bonds has been nothing but an arrogant, cheating jerk who treated people around him like crap. I love that he cost the Pirates a WS trip back in '91 by flipping Van Slyke off instead of listening to him and moving in a few steps before Bream scored the winning run for Atlanta. What a loser.

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Level 61
Aug 26, 2021
So do you consider Ruth no. 2 on the home run list. He was known to use testosterone from animal testicles, Aaron used amphetamines. So actually the top 3 should not be considered the home run kings if you leave out bonds. The fact is steroids was not the first performance enhancing drug in baseball and been used since at least 1889 in baseball.
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Level 75
Apr 29, 2022
Yup, Bonds was a jerk. And he and others were guilty of cheating. And MLB more or less loved every minute of it, as the cascade of long balls helped avaricious owners' profits recover from the damage those owners had themselves caused just a few years before.
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Level 61
Aug 26, 2021
I get it about the use of steroids, but you all forget that performance enhancing drugs have been used in baseball since at least 1889 when they used testosterone from animal testicles. Babe Ruth also was known to use that performance enhancing drug as well. So to leave out steroids players but admire and forgive the many in the Hall of Fame or in the record books is hypocritical.
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Level 61
Aug 26, 2021
And Ruth took testosterone from animal testicles, Aaron took amphetamines which were the performance enhancing solutions during their times in baseball. The fact is baseball has had many Hall of Famers and record holders that use performance enhancing drugs. Not sure why steroids is such a big deal when this is not a new concept. The first known usage of performance enhancing drugs was 1889 and did not stop the entire time baseball has been around.
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Level 67
Oct 26, 2023
Keep knocking them out until Jim Thome is #1.
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Level 15
Apr 4, 2013
Also, Sammy Sosa should not count because he had a corked bat.
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Level 66
May 8, 2015
AND was on a ton of 'roids,
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Level 90
Apr 17, 2013
Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, Rodriguez, Ramirez, and Palmeiro all took roids.

The only clean guys from that era are Griffey, Thome, and Thomas.

Shef?

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Level 54
Apr 23, 2014
Sheffield juiced too
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Level 82
Apr 24, 2014
Ruth was hopped up on beer and hot dogs.
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Level 85
Apr 25, 2014
To paraphrase Lewis Black, "they were using performance decreasing drugs"
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Level 88
Dec 15, 2015
exactly
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Level 61
Aug 26, 2021
Oh he also took animal testosterone which was the performance enhancing drug of the time, Aaron took amphetamines which was the drug of his time. The fact is performance drugs has been a staple of baseball since 1889 at least which is the first known case made to the public.
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Level 44
Jan 17, 2015
Griffey Jr and Tome were both clean for sure, so was Frank Thomas. all the rest.. took roids and lots of them. Lois Gonz

alez of the DBacks started hitting singles and double after hitting over 50 hrs suddenly yeah he wasn't juiced at all. not sure about others or not.. but most were dirty.

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Level 74
Mar 11, 2016
@bwowls, I am absolutely sure Frank Thomas never took steroids...he was always enormous. An enormous, respectable dude. Thome, it's possible, but I'd like to give the benefit of the doubt
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Level 78
Oct 26, 2023
The Big Hurt was a football player at Auburn. I met him when he was a rookie in 1990, and he was huge. His mother also owned a bar in Chicago, and she's pretty big too. No need for roids there.
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Level 81
Mar 15, 2016
You are delusional. They all took steroids in that era, pitchers too. You don't need to be jacked. It is about recovery time. They were all juicing, we all knew it, we all enjoyed it, and now we are all so shocked and mad, give me a break.
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Level 44
May 25, 2016
Walacama, Griffey's career perfectly resembled that of a clean player. He was clearly at his best during his prime years in Seattle, went to Cincinnati and got progressively worse/more injury prone as he got older. His recovery timeline was longer than the Nile. I'm 100% confident that he played his entire career clean. So no, they were not all juicing.
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Level 81
Nov 22, 2016
The problem is that it is impossible to be 100% sure. I believe Ortiz had a totally clean career, and I sincerely hope he did. Can I be sure, no. Did he juice, probably at some point. The hall of fame voters need to get over it and put these guys in - the ones that got caught. Or at least put them in and give them an asterisk.
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Level 67
Oct 26, 2023
It is known by now that Ortiz juiced. And it's weird to say in successive comments that "they all took steroids" and then "the problem is it is impossible to be 100% sure." You have no idea what Jim Thome was or wasn't taking. What we *do* know is that the era and the issue have been thoroughly examined by now, by journalists, baseball historians, and the Mitchell Report investigation. Thome, Thomas, and Griffey were never mentioned anywhere near any of those investigations. Sure, it's possible they were just really good at hiding it, but given that they were never mentioned in that context and that their career paths do not suggest steroid use, it's wrong to lump them in with proven cheaters.
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Level 84
May 12, 2017
Ortiz failed a drug test in 2003. The results were supposed to be kept confidential, but the fact that they weren't doesn't mean he didn't fail the test. In Minnesota (1997-2002) he averaged approx. 25 ABs per HR. Thereafter, in Boston, and for the rest of his career, he averaged approx. 15 ABs per HR. Yep, nothing suspicious about that from a guy who failed a drug test.[/sarcasm]

And as much as I liked Griffey, Jr. (kind of ambivalent about Thome), I would feel a whole lot better about him being clean "for sure" if he was as outspoken against PEDs as Thomas.

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Level 56
Oct 30, 2017
Rafael Palmeiro was always outspoken against the use of steroids until he got caught using them. I thought that was too bad, as he had quietly put together a very good career with HOF numbers.
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Level 66
Aug 26, 2021
I'm sure Ortiz juiced, but I don't think his transformation after leaving the Twins is really that probative of anything. He averaged over 35 bombs per season in his final three seasons - 2014, 2015, and 2016 - all after testing became legit, comprehensive, and widespread - and as a relatively old dude, at that. Could be wrong, maybe he was just incredibly lucky in those twilight seasons and juiced but masked well or avoided the randos.
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Level 64
Aug 14, 2017
The shame of Bonds using PEDs isn't just the doing of it, but he didn't need it. His last clean year is supposed to have been 1998 and his numbers from '98 are pretty much in line with his career up til then.

We'll never know how he would have done after '98 without PEDs.

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Level 78
Apr 24, 2014
Let the asterisks commence!
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Level 63
Apr 24, 2014
McGwire did use steroids...he admitted as much, saying he was using them as early as during his Bash Brothers era with Jose Canseco and the late 1980s Athletics.
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Level 67
Apr 27, 2014
I always find Jim Thome so interesting. The guy was quietly like the fifth-best slugger in baseball...every single year for two decades. You could count on him for 30 home runs and 100 RBIs every season. He never got the attention of so many other hitters, yet he's one of only five people to hit 600 home runs without being tied to steroids, with Griffey, Aaron, Mays, and Ruth. Not bad company.
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Level 67
Apr 27, 2014
He's also famously cited by many baseball players as the nicest guy to ever play the game, which is another accolade for which he doesn't get nearly enough attention.
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Level 44
Jan 17, 2015
just the way he wanted it. He was cool and a fan favorite for many years anywhere he played. (for me I loved Griffey Jr, and as a Reds fan it was awesome and disappointed at the same time when he played for the Reds. I saw his conference when he retired, it was a sad day in baseball. when he and Tome both retired it was sad for a lot of people but I wish them all the best.
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Level ∞
Sep 30, 2018
Thome is definitely Hall of Fame worthy, but he isn't an inner circle great. He dominated the counting stats, but he was a minus defender at an easy position (1B). And, while nobody wants to acknowledge it, it wasn't just steroids that created the steroids era. It was also small ballparks and small strike zones. His career WAR is similar to players like Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell, who could never touch his power numbers.
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Level 77
Jan 25, 2015
Only 29% knew Ernie Banks? Mr. Cub? That is truly depressing. RIP Ernie.
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Level 58
Dec 26, 2016
It's not a matter of not knowing them...it's a matter of thinking of them while a clock is running. It's Jeopardy pressure.
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Level 25
Jun 16, 2015
only 37% know about the all time Twin great Harmon Killebrew? Start studying boys and girls. He had tremendous power.
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Level 44
Jun 6, 2016
How many names can you think of for a home run? http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/103225/different-names-for-a-home-run
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Level 64
Aug 14, 2017
I missed five. No excuse. Maybe Shefield because he moved around so much. It was hard to track him.

I missed MAYS!! For God's sake, I probably saw him hit 25 or 30, almost all at Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park in SF, but also at Riverfront in Cincinnatti, Veterans' Stadium in Philly, Wrigley in Chicago and maybe Busch in St. Louis.

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Level 68
Mar 4, 2020
Aah, the good ole days, when you could pop a greenie, slap a single to the left and carry on, because "everyone else did it". PEDs have been around, in some form, since who knows when. Guys have always cheated to get an edge, since the very beginning of the history of the game, and here we're talking about hitters, don't even get me started on pitchers. This doesn't mean that everyone did it, but lots of the most respected figures did, and lots of those now are in the HOF. What I hate of Bonds is that he was already a HOFer before he took the Cream. He was probably going to be one of the best lef fielders of all time regardless, but he wanted to be The One and lost everything he had achieved thanks to skill and hard work. Same for Sheff, who was not on Bonds level, but not far behind.
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Level 55
Aug 23, 2021
As a Tigers Fan I finally have something to celebrate: Cabrera!
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Level 73
Aug 25, 2021
Hey Quizmaster! There's a new member of the 500 club: Miguel Cabrera.
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Level 54
Feb 10, 2022
Not even 50% get Schmidt...
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Level 78
Apr 3, 2022
Please include an asterisk for the steroid users.
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Level 42
Jun 30, 2023
You might as well just put one next to every name on here. At least 20 of these guys have admitted to using, failed a test, or have been credibly accused.
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Level 51
Sep 19, 2022
Pujols has recently surpassed a-rod and now has 698
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Level 64
Oct 13, 2022
Pujols still technically is active, he's just probably gonna retire this offseason
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Level 64
Nov 17, 2022
This comment is now ignorable
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Level 57
Oct 24, 2023
I really thought the Simpsons episode "Homer at the Bat" was going to give me more than one answer.
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Level 67
Apr 16, 2024
Strawberry was on pace through the first half of career, and then drugs buried him. Canseco was close to 500, and would have made it if he didn't miss several large chunks of seasons with injuries. Health is a big part of this list. If Giancarlo Stanton doesn't make it, it will only be because he has had so much trouble staying healthy. He's already over 400 and I think he's only like 34, so he still has a pretty good shot if he can stay on the field.