All Time Home Run Leaders
These all-time home run leaders offer inspiration for every young athlete. Not only have these baseball players broken records with the long-ball, they’ve used consistency and dedication to make their mark on several other important categories.
- Barry Bonds Earning the top spot on the list of all-time home run leaders is Barry Bonds,with 762. Bonds’ steady power hitting throughout 21 seasons gave him not only the all-time record, but the single-season mark as well. He dinged 73 homers in 2001.
- Hank Aaron Before Bonds, “Hammerin’ Hank” held the all-time record with 755 career home runs. Aaron was the model of consistency during his career, never posting less than twenty homers during a nineteen-year MLB residency. Although he’s not known for his defensive prowess, Aaron was no slouch in the field, collecting three Gold Glove Awards from 1958 to 1960.
- Babe Ruth With his 714 home runs, Ruth became a legend in the early days of the sport. He started out relatively slowly, with only nine homers in his first four seasons, but quickly gained ground after being traded from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees. Not surprisingly, Ruth led the league in RBI for six seasons during his career.
- Willie Mays With his 660 career home runs, Mays was an exceptional power hitter. He was perhaps better known for his speed, however. Mays led the league in stolen bases from 1956 to 1959. He was also a defensive threat, with a Gold Glove Award every year from 1958 to 1968.
- Ken Griffey, Jr. Good enough for fifth on the all-time home run leaders list is Ken Griffey, Jr. with 630. From 1989 to 2010, he was a constant threat at the plate, leading the league in homers during four seasons. A twelve-time All-Star, Griffey, Jr. was a solid all-around player for the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds.
- Alex Rodriguez A perennial favorite to overtake Bonds’ all-time home run record is Rodriguez with 614. During a long career with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees, Rodriguez has amassed huge numbers in other offensive categories, including 2675 hits and 1833 RBI.
- Sammy Sosa “Slammin’ Sammy” hit 609 round-trippers during his 18 years in Major League Baseball. His peak year for home runs was 1998 when he hit 66. Sosa earned seven All-Star selections during his career, as well as six Silver Slugger Awards.
- Jim Thome With his 589 home runs, Thome has been a powerful force during his 20-year baseball career. In 2003, Thome’s 47 dingers were good enough to lead the National League. A five-time All-Star selection, he also won the Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2006.
- Frank Robinson An iconic figure in baseball lore, Robinson’s achievements are legendary. As if his 586 home runs weren’t enough, he racked up 2943 hits and 1812 RBI in his twenty-year tenure. Robinson won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1956 and was inducted to the Hall Of Fame in 1982.
- Mark McGwire Notching 583 home runs in only sixteen seasons, McGwire was a powerful force in baseball. Among his many accolades are the 1987 Rookie of the Year Award, a 1990 Gold Glove Award and twelve All-Star selections with the Oakland A’s and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Posted on: Apr. 07, 2011