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Babe Ruth’s 500th Home Run

On August 11, 1929 New York Yankee Babe Ruth was the first ever player in Major League Baseball history to hit 500 home runs.  The game took place in Cleveland, OH at League Park VI.  The pitcher that gave up this historic home run was Willis Hudlin of the Cleveland Indians.  Ruth went 2-4 with 2 runs and 1 RBI.  The Yankees would end up losing the game by a score of 6-5.

Babe Ruth ended his career with 714 home runs when he retired in 1935.  His record would stand until Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run in 1974.  Aaron (755) and the current career home run leader Barry Bonds (762) are the only players to surpass Ruth’s record.

In the history of baseball only twenty-five men have hit 500 or more home runs in their career.  Fifteen of those players are in the Baseball Hall Of Fame.  The last player to reach this milestone was Gary Sheffield on April 17, 2009.

Mike Piazza’s Five games With The Florida Marlins

Mike Pizza began his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a long shot.  The Dodgers drafted him with the 1,390th pick in the 1988 draft.  He was truly a diamond in the rough.  By 1992 he made his Major League debut.  He was named the 1993 rookie of the year.  When his career ended in 2007 he had a lifetime batting average of .308, hit 427 home runs and batted in 1,335 runs.  A 12 time All Star, Mike Piazza was one of the most popular and talented catchers of the 1990s.  One part of his career many people over look or don’t even know about is his time with the Florida Marlins.

On May 15th, 1998 after playing 6 seasons with the Dodgers he was included in a blockbuster trade to the Marlins.  The Marlins still trying to dump players from their World Series team traded 5 players including Gary Sheffield and Bobby Bonilla for Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile.  The deal was a strange one that no one saw coming.  Many were excited to see Piazza play for the Marlins.  His addition gave the fans of Florida a chance for hope after almost all of their players had been sent packing in the infamous 1997 fire sale.

Mike Piazza as a Florida Marlin (Getty Images)

Mike Piazza as a Florida Marlin (Getty Images)

Mike Piazza’s Marlins career would be short lived.  Piazza was traded 8 days later to the New York Mets after just 5 games with the Fish.  During this stint Piazza batted .278, scored 1 run, batted in 5 runs and even landed a triple.  Sure it was not the most exciting run but that only because it was so short lived.  While it is just a small part of his baseball career it will remain an unusual situation and always be a cool trivial fact you can stump your friends with.