• The Top 25 Career HR Hitters: 1977 & Today

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2013 · Comments (4)

    Here are the Top 25 career home run hitters entering the 1977 season:

    Rk Player HR From To Age G PA BA OBP SLG
    1 Hank Aaron 755 1954 1976 20-42 3298 13941 .305 .374 .555
    2 Babe Ruth 714 1914 1935 19-40 2503 10622 .342 .474 .690
    3 Willie Mays 660 1951 1973 20-42 2992 12496 .302 .384 .557
    4 Frank Robinson 586 1956 1976 20-40 2808 11742 .294 .389 .537
    5 Harmon Killebrew 573 1954 1975 18-39 2435 9833 .256 .376 .509
    6 Mickey Mantle 536 1951 1968 19-36 2401 9907 .298 .421 .557
    7 Jimmie Foxx 534 1925 1945 17-37 2317 9676 .325 .428 .609
    8 Ted Williams 521 1939 1960 20-41 2292 9788 .344 .482 .634
    9 Ernie Banks 512 1953 1971 22-40 2528 10394 .274 .330 .500
    10 Eddie Mathews 512 1952 1968 20-36 2391 10100 .271 .376 .509
    11 Mel Ott 511 1926 1947 17-38 2730 11348 .304 .414 .533
    12 Lou Gehrig 493 1923 1939 20-36 2164 9663 .340 .447 .632
    13 Stan Musial 475 1941 1963 20-42 3026 12717 .331 .417 .559
    14 Willie McCovey 465 1959 1976 21-38 2174 8228 .273 .383 .531
    15 Billy Williams 426 1959 1976 21-38 2488 10519 .290 .361 .492
    16 Duke Snider 407 1947 1964 20-37 2143 8237 .295 .380 .540
    17 Al Kaline 399 1953 1974 18-39 2834 11596 .297 .376 .480
    18 Willie Stargell 388 1962 1976 22-36 1870 7493 .282 .360 .529
    19 Frank Howard 382 1958 1973 21-36 1895 7352 .273 .352 .499
    20 Orlando Cepeda 379 1958 1974 20-36 2124 8698 .297 .350 .499
    21 Norm Cash 377 1958 1974 23-39 2089 7914 .271 .374 .488
    22 Rocky Colavito 374 1955 1968 21-34 1841 7559 .266 .359 .489
    23 Gil Hodges 370 1943 1963 19-39 2072 8102 .273 .359 .487
    24 Ralph Kiner 369 1946 1955 23-32 1472 6256 .279 .398 .548
    25 Joe DiMaggio 361 1936 1951 21-36 1736 7673 .325 .398 .579
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 11/22/2013.

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    And, here they are today:

    Rk Player HR From To Age G PA BA OBP SLG
    1 Barry Bonds 762 1986 2007 21-42 2986 12606 .298 .444 .607
    2 Hank Aaron 755 1954 1976 20-42 3298 13941 .305 .374 .555
    3 Babe Ruth 714 1914 1935 19-40 2503 10622 .342 .474 .690
    4 Willie Mays 660 1951 1973 20-42 2992 12496 .302 .384 .557
    5 Alex Rodriguez 654 1994 2013 18-37 2568 11344 .299 .384 .558
    6 Ken Griffey 630 1989 2010 19-40 2671 11304 .284 .370 .538
    7 Jim Thome 612 1991 2012 20-41 2543 10313 .276 .402 .554
    8 Sammy Sosa 609 1989 2007 20-38 2354 9896 .273 .344 .534
    9 Frank Robinson 586 1956 1976 20-40 2808 11742 .294 .389 .537
    10 Mark McGwire 583 1986 2001 22-37 1874 7660 .263 .394 .588
    11 Harmon Killebrew 573 1954 1975 18-39 2435 9833 .256 .376 .509
    12 Rafael Palmeiro 569 1986 2005 21-40 2831 12046 .288 .371 .515
    13 Reggie Jackson 563 1967 1987 21-41 2820 11418 .262 .356 .490
    14 Manny Ramirez 555 1993 2011 21-39 2302 9774 .312 .411 .585
    15 Mike Schmidt 548 1972 1989 22-39 2404 10062 .267 .380 .527
    16 Mickey Mantle 536 1951 1968 19-36 2401 9907 .298 .421 .557
    17 Jimmie Foxx 534 1925 1945 17-37 2317 9676 .325 .428 .609
    18 Frank Thomas 521 1990 2008 22-40 2322 10075 .301 .419 .555
    19 Willie McCovey 521 1959 1980 21-42 2588 9692 .270 .374 .515
    20 Ted Williams 521 1939 1960 20-41 2292 9788 .344 .482 .634
    21 Ernie Banks 512 1953 1971 22-40 2528 10394 .274 .330 .500
    22 Eddie Mathews 512 1952 1968 20-36 2391 10100 .271 .376 .509
    23 Mel Ott 511 1926 1947 17-38 2730 11348 .304 .414 .533
    24 Gary Sheffield 509 1988 2009 19-40 2576 10947 .292 .393 .514
    25 Eddie Murray 504 1977 1997 21-41 3026 12817 .287 .359 .476
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 11/22/2013.

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    Think Frank Robinson will ever get knocked out of the Top Ten?  He’s been hanging in there since 1977.  In any event, why don’t people talk about Robby being one of the greatest home run hitters of all-time?  He certainly was…

    Comments on The Top 25 Career HR Hitters: 1977 & Today

    1. KPOcala
      November 22nd, 2013 | 4:40 pm

      Part of the reason that I hate the PED cheaters so much. It kills the fun of comparing players over generations, and even “OPS+” as a way to attempt to equalize eras. And does anyone REALLY believe that there is no “proof” that PEDS doesn’t help production (see Keith Law). And people using the “Ruth drank when it was illegal”, what about “speed”, etc., simply are repeating what some columnists/apologists came up with. “Speed” would help an occasional user overcome mental fatigue, but it doesn’t strengthen the body, nor does it help hand-eye coordination. As for the silly Ruth and alcohol blubbering, please……… BTW, anyone (for example) notice that Varitek looked as though he had dropped three shirt sizes when they started testing? Or that Sosa’s neck and chest looked like he had aged 25 years, in one? Naaaaaaaaaaaw, nothing to that PED inflated numbers talk…..

    2. #15
      November 23rd, 2013 | 2:42 pm

      I would drop asterisks on #’s… 1, 5, 8, 10, 12, 14 & 24. Honestly not sure what to think about 6 & 7. I’m guessing Frank R. is pretty safe, for a long, long, time. That’s at least 7, and maybe 9, guys that warped the all time list into a meaningless compilation. Let them drag around an asterisk in perpetuity.

      KPOcala wrote:

      Part of the reason that I hate the PED cheaters so much. It kills the fun of comparing players over generations, and even “OPS+” as a way to attempt to equalize eras. blockquote>

      KPOcala shoots… KPOcala scores!!!!

    3. Sweet Lou
      November 23rd, 2013 | 4:44 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      Part of the reason that I hate the PED cheaters so much. It kills the fun of comparing players over generations, and even “OPS+” as a way to attempt to equalize eras. And does anyone REALLY believe that there is no “proof” that PEDS doesn’t help production (see Keith Law). And people using the “Ruth drank when it was illegal”, what about “speed”, etc., simply are repeating what some columnists/apologists came up with. “Speed” would help an occasional user overcome mental fatigue, but it doesn’t strengthen the body, nor does it help hand-eye coordination. As for the silly Ruth and alcohol blubbering, please……… BTW, anyone (for example) notice that Varitek looked as though he had dropped three shirt sizes when they started testing? Or that Sosa’s neck and chest looked like he had aged 25 years, in one? Naaaaaaaaaaaw, nothing to that PED inflated numbers talk…..

      #15 wrote:

      KPOcala shoots… KPOcala scores!!!!

      Dead on.

    4. McMillan
      November 23rd, 2013 | 6:13 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      BTW, anyone (for example) notice that Varitek looked as though he had dropped three shirt sizes when they started testing?

      Some of us did.

      #15 wrote:

      I would drop asterisks on #’s… 1, 5, 8, 10, 12, 14 & 24. Honestly not sure what to think about 6 & 7.

      Agreed. #6 (Griffey) would surprise me a little bit more than #7 (Thome)…

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