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The 500 Homerun Club salutes its Honorary Members

Sadaharu Oh

Career home runs 868


Sadaharu Oh was quite dominant in his own time and place.  He won two consecutive Triple Crowns in 1973 and 1974.  He won 9 MVP Awards, and was named the best first baseman in his league at the end of 18 seasons (the award is called the Best Nine), he was named an All-Star in 20 of his 22 seasons, and he won the first 9 Gold Gloves awarded in the last nine years of his career.  He led his league 5 times in batting average, 15 times in runs scored, 3 times in hits, 15 times in homers, 13 times in RBI, 18 times in walks, once in doubles, and 14 times in slugging percentage.  Major Leaguers across the board recognize Oh as being one of baseball's greatest hitters.

Frank Robinson:  I'm sure he would have hit in the 30's (of homers per year) and probably in the low 40's. . . .  Thirty home runs a year add up to over 600 home runs, and he'd do that if he played the same number of years here that he played there.

Tom Seaver:  He sure hit me.  He was a superb hitter.  He hit consistently, and he hit with power.  If he played in the United States, he would have hit 20-25 home runs a year, and what's more, he'd hit .300.  He'd be a lifetime .300 hitter.  He had tremendous discipline at the plate.  He knew the strike zone extremely well . . . .He could pull your hard stuff, and you couldn't fool him off-speed .

Hector Espino 

Career Homeruns 484


A symbol of Mexican pride, the slugging Espino declined offers from the Cardinals, Mets, and Padres while playing 25 seasons with San Luis de Potosi, Monterrey , and Tampico . He did play 32 games for Jacksonville , an International League in 1964, batting .300. He led the Mexican League in batting in 1964 and in 1966-68; in home runs in 1964 and 1972; and in RBI in 1962 and 1973. His Mexican League record of 46 HR, set in 1964, stood until 1986. He retired at age 45 with the career record for minor league home runs, 484 .


Josh Gibson

Negro League

Estimated 800 Homeruns in 17 seasons
Induction Information
Elected to Hall of Fame by Negro Leagues Committee in 1972, Negro Leaguer Hall of Fame plaque for Josh Gibson   Born: December 21, 1911 , in Buena Vista , Georgia Died: January 20, 1947 , in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania   Primary Position: Catcher Bats: R   Throws: R     Played For: Pittsburgh Crawfords (1930-1937), Homestead Grays (1937-1946) Primary Team: Homestead Grays   A tragic and legendary figure, Josh Gibson was the greatest power hitter in black baseball, pounding out home runs with regularity despite playing most of his career in two of baseball's most cavernous ballparks: Forbes Field and Griffith Stadium. He utilized a fluid, compact swing to hit for both average and power, and tales of his mammoth home runs became legend. In recorded at-bats against big league pitching, Gibson batted .426. He died just three months before the integration of baseball in the major leagues.
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