300 Home Run Club
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300 Home Runs
300 home runs was once the measuring stick of a great career for a slugger. It continues to be a standard for very good home run hitters. The 300 home runs club remains a pretty exclusive club with only 138 members to date (August 2015). The charter member of the 300 home run club was Babe Ruth who reached the mark on September 8th, 1925. The Babe was the first American League player to reach 300 homers. Mel Ott became the charter member of the 300 home run club for the National League on August 20th, 1937.
Records and Trivia
The youngest player to hit 300 home runs is Alex Rodriguez who reached 300 homers at 27 years, 249 days old. A-Rod is also the youngest American League player to reach 300 homers. Andruw Jones holds the record in the National League at 28 years, 144 days old. Edgar Martinez is the oldest member to join the 300 home run club; he was 41 years, 130 days old when he reached the mark. Ralph Kiner reached 300 homers in the fewest games in history at 1,087 but Babe Ruth reached the mark in fewer at-bats at 3,830. In the National League, Sammy Sosa reached the 300 home run mark in the fewest amount of games (1,052). Ralph Kiner reached the mark in the fewest amount of at-bats (3,883). Juan Gonzalez hit his 300th home run in the fewest amount of games in American League history (1,096). Babe Ruth reached the mark in the fewest amount of at-bats (3,830). George Brett took the longest time to hit 300 home runs; he reached the mark in his 2,593rd game and his 9,908th at-bat.
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