Baseball's Top 10 Home Run Hitters by Ken Rappoport

By Ken Rappoport

Since Babe Ruth all started drawing significant crowds along with his giant bat within the Nineteen Twenties, the house run has intended extra to baseball than simply approximately the other person success. What may be extra intriguing than the crack of the bat and the ball flying to the a long way reaches of a baseball stadium? From Ruth to Aaron to Bonds, Ken Rappoport examines the 10 maximum sluggers to ever step as much as the plate. the opposite avid gamers integrated are Lou Gehrig, Josh Gibson, Ken Griffey, Jr., Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Sadaharu Oh, and Alex Rodriguez.

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Appeared in All-Star games in 2010 and 2011; Hit 600th home run in 2010 becoming one of only 8 players to ever to reach 600. 10 BABE RUTH Babe Ruth heard the yells and name-calling from the Chicago Cubs’ bench as he stepped into the batter’s box at Wrigley Field. It was the third game of the 1932 World Series and Ruth, the biggest star of the New York Yankees, had already taken two strikes. After the first strike, Ruth held up one finger. After the second, he held up two. Ruth had also taken two balls for a 2–2 count.

Broke it in 1995. It wasn’t until the 1939 season that Gehrig suffered a drop-off in performance. It was dramatic. He felt weak. He even struggled just to make simple put-outs at first base. One day Gehrig walked over to Yankees manager Joe McCarthy and told him he was taking himself out of the lineup. A deeply saddened McCarthy replaced Gehrig at first base with Babe Dahlgren. He gave Lou the honor of taking the lineup card up to home plate as thousands of fans in Detroit applauded him for several minutes.

Griffey had stayed free of serious injuries that season and regained his home run swing. In the audience were Griffey’s children and his father. 2 Griffey played through pain before finally reaching the 600 mark four years later. A remarkable achievement, considering his many injuries. That season, he was asked about his legacy. What would it be? 3 Image Credit: Associated Press / World Wide Photos Ken Griffey, Jr Facts BORN: November 21, 1969, Donora, Pennsylvania. PRO CAREER: Seattle Mariners, 1989–1999, 2009–2010; Cincinnati Reds, 2000–2008; Chicago White Sox, 2008.

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