Posted by Andy on May 23, 2011
(Thanks a ton to reader Doug N. who wrote in with this idea and did all the research himself. Some of what I wrote below is verbatim from his email, so he deserves a co-writing credit in addition to a research credit.)
Jim Thome has been activated off the disabled list and sits 9 homers shy of 600 for his career. He will, in all likelihood, become the 8th member of the 600-HR club at some point this season or next. However, if he can do it by August 21st of this year, then there's a good chance we'll see the first AL game featuring two guys who have both achieved 600 career HR.
That date is the last game this year between the Twins and the Yankees, and the other 600-HR guy would be, of course, Alex Rodriguez.
Here are other notable first games (as best as Doug could find), involving various numbers of players having achieved various career HR milestones. Numbers in parentheses are career HR at conclusion of noted game.
|Milestone||# of Players||Game||Players|
|200||2||1927-06-24||PHILLIES: Wiliams (216) GIANTS: Hornsby (204)|
|3||1932-09-05||YANKEES: Gehrig (264), Ruth (651) ATHLETICS: Simmons (205)|
|4||1936-05-31||TIGERS: Goslin (225), Simmons (260) BROWNS: Bottomley (208), Hornsby (300)|
|5||1950-09-07||RED SOX: Doerr (206), Stephens (206), Williams (290) YANKEES: Mize (335), DiMaggio (341)|
|6||1961-08-08||DODGERS: Hodges (359), Snider (376) BRAVES: Thomas (215), Adcock (228), Aaron (248), Mathews (360)|
|300||2||1934-04-30||YANKEES: Gehrig (300), Ruth (689)|
|3||1934-05-28||YANKEES: Gehrig (311), Ruth (694) BROWNS: Hornsby (300)|
|4||1963-04-20||METS: Hodges (370), Snider (392) BRAVES: Aaron (300), Mathews (400)|
|5||1999-04-05||ORIOLES: Belle (332), Baines (348), Ripken (384) DEVIL RAYS: McGriff (358), Canseco (398)|
|6||2005-04-08||YANKEES: Sierra (302), Martinez (323), Rodriguez (382), Sheffield (416) ORIOLES: Palmeiro (551), Sosa (574)|
|400||2||1938-07-03||YANKEES: Gehrig (477) RED SOX: Foxx (402)|
|3||1964-06-11||GIANTS: Snider (406), Mays (424) BRAVES: Mathews (426)|
|4||2002-06-18||RANGERS: Gonzalez (401), Palmeiro (460) CUBS: McGriff (459), Sosa (475)|
|500||2||1945-08-05||GIANTS: Ott (502) PHILLIES: Foxx (531)|
|3||2005-06-10||ORIOLES: Palmeiro (559), Sosa (580) REDS: Griffey (511)|
|600||2||1971-04-27||GIANTS: Mays (633) BRAVES: Aaron (600)|