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In Major League Baseball, the 300-300 club is a grouping of players who have hit at least 300 home runs and collected at least 300 stolen bases in their career. It is an accomplishment that requires both speed and power and has only been achieved by eight players. The combination of skills and longevity required to join this club gives it high prestige among baseball fans. This is in relation to the 30-30 club, which is a measure of power and speed for a single season.

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[edit] History of the 300-300 club

In baseball history, 133 players have hit 300 or more home runs, and 160 have stolen at least 300 bases, yet only 8 have done both. The most recent member to join the club is Carlos Beltran then of the St. Louis Cardinals, who stole his 300th career base against the Kansas City Royals on June 15, 2012. Among recently retired players, Craig Biggio fell just shy of joining the club, finishing his career with 291 home runs to go with his 414 stolen bases.

Players capable of hitting for power and stealing bases tend to display defensive excellence on the field as well, as evidenced by the members of the club. Willie Mays (12), Andre Dawson (8), Barry Bonds (8), Steve Finley (5), Bobby Bonds (3), Carlos Beltran (3) and Alex Rodriguez (2) have combined for a total of 41 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. Seven members were outfielders and spent a long time in centerfield; the exception is Rodriguez, who was a shortstop and third baseman.

All of the members of the club had played a majority of their careers in the National League, until Rodriguez became a member. Two active players, Rodriguez and Beltran, are a member of the club. Two members of the club are currently in the Hall of Fame, Willie Mays and Andre Dawson.

[edit] The club and the Giants

The San Francisco Giants dominate this club, as three of the eight members (Mays, Barry Bonds, and Bobby Bonds) have played more games with the Giants than any other team, and the only members not to have played for the Giants are Andre Dawson and Alex Rodriguez, whose entire career has been spent in the American League. The Giants are the only team to field two members of the club at the same time, as Barry Bonds and Steve Finley played for them together in 2006. Willie Mays and Bobby Bonds also played together on the Giants from 1968 to 1972; in addition Reggie Sanders played for the Arizona Diamondbacks with Steve Finley in 2001 and on the Giants with Barry Bonds in 2002, but in those instances one or both members were yet to join the club. Three of these Giants have a family tie; Barry Bonds is the son of Bobby Bonds and the godson of Willie Mays.

[edit] Members of the 300-300 club

Player HR SB Teams Years Played Date 300th HR Date 300th SB Ballpark Age
Barry Bonds 762 514 Pit, SF 1986-2007 May 30, 1995 July 26, 1994 Stade Olympique 30
Willie Mays 660 338 NYG/SF, NYM 1951-1973 July 4, 1961 April 8, 1969 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 37
Andre Dawson 438 314 MON, CHC, BOS, FLA 1976-1996 April 23, 1989 May 23, 1991 Shea Stadium 36
Bobby Bonds 332 461 SF, NYY, CAL, CHC, TEX, CLE, STL 1968-1981 May 2, 1979 June 19, 1976 Anaheim Stadium 33
Reggie Sanders 305 304 CIN, SD, ATL, ARI, SF, PIT, STL, KC 1991-2007 June 10, 2006 April 21, 2006 Kauffman Stadium 38
Steve Finley 304 320 BAL, HOU, SD, ARI, LAD, LAA, SF, COL 1989-2007 June 14, 2006 April 27, 2004 Chase Field 41
Alex Rodriguez 647 318 SEA,TEX, NYY 1994-present April 2, 2003 August 14, 2010 Kauffman Stadium 34
Carlos Beltran 334 306 KC, HOU, NYM, SF, STL 1998-present September 14, 2011 June 15, 2012 Kauffman Stadium 35
  • Dates in bold denote the date players joined the club
  • Ballpark refers to the ballpark in which the players joined the club, and age refers to the age they were at the time they joined.
  • Stats for the active members of the club are reported here through July 15, 2012.

Steve Finley and Barry Bonds played in the outfield together on the San Francisco Giants in 2006, the year that Finley joined the club.

[edit] Subsets of and clubs similar to the 300-300 club

[edit] 400-400 and 500-500 clubs

Along with being one of seven members of the 300-300 club, Barry Bonds is also the only member of the 400-400 and 500-500 clubs.

[edit] 400-400 club

Player HR SB Teams Years Played Date 400th HR Date 400th SB Ballpark Age
Barry Bonds 762 514 PIT, SF 1986-2007 August 23, 1998 September 27, 1996 3Com Park 34

[edit] 500-500 club

Player HR SB Teams Years Played Date 500th HR Date 500th SB Ballpark Age
Barry Bonds 762 514 PIT, SF 1986-2007 April 17, 2001 June 23, 2003 Pacific Bell Park 38

[edit] 300-300-2000 club

Another subset of the 300-300 club is the 300-300-2000 club, which is 300 home runs, 300 stolen bases, and 2000 base hits (which is considered by many to be a feat equivalent to 300 home runs or 300 stolen bases, in the hits category). Willie Mays is the only one to have 3000 hits. This club boasts five members:

Player HR SB hits Teams Years Played Date 300th HR Date 300th SB Date 2000th hit Ballpark Age
Barry Bonds 762 514 2935 PIT, SF 1986-present April 27, 1996 July 26, 1994 September 11, 1999 3Com Park 40
Willie Mays 660 338 3283 NYG/SF, NYM 1951-1973 July 4, 1961 April 8, 1969 September 2, 1962 Fulton County Stadium 37
Andre Dawson 438 314 2774 MON, CHC, BOS, FLA 1976-1996 April 23, 1989 May 23, 1991 August 18, 1989 Shea Stadium 36
Steve Finley 304 320 2546 BAL, HOU, SD, ARI, LA, LAA, SF, COL 1989-2007 June 14, 2006 April 27, 2004 May 3, 2002 Chase Field 41
Alex Rodriguez 647 318 2901 SEA,TEX, NYY 1994-present April 2, 2003 August 14, 2010 July 21, 2006 Kauffman Stadium 34
Carlos Beltran 334 306 2064 KC, HOU, NYM, SF, STL 1998-present September 14, 2011 June 15, 2012 June 30, 2012 Busch Stadium 35

Bobby Bonds finished his career with 1886 hits and Reggie Sanders with 1661.

[edit] 300-300-3000 club

Player HR SB hits Teams Years Played Date 300th HR Date 300th SB Date 3000th hit Ballpark Age
Willie Mays 660 338 3283 NYG/SF, NYM 1951-1973 July 4, 1961 April 8, 1969 July 18, 1970 Candlestick Park 39
  • Dates in bold denote the date players joined the club
  • Ballpark refers to the ballpark in which the players joined the club, and age refers to the age they were at the time they joined.
  • Stats for the active members of the club are reported here through 2012.

[edit] Active Players Near and Above the 300-300 Mark

Player HR SB Teams Years Played
Alex Rodriguez 647 318 SEA,TEX, NYY 1994-present
Carlos Beltran 334 306 KC, HOU, NYM, SF, STL 1998-present
Bobby Abreu 287 399 HOU, PHI, NYY, LAA, LAD 1996-present
Alfonso Soriano 372 270 NYY, TEX, WAS, CHC 1999-present
Derek Jeter 255 348 NYY 1995-present

[edit] Single Season clubs

See 30-30 club and 40-40 club.

[edit] Combined home runs and stolen bases

The record for most combined home runs and stolen bases doesn't belong to any members of this club, but rather to Rickey Henderson, who retired with 1703, but three home runs short of the 300-300 club. Barry Bonds is a distant second.

[edit] Top five all time combined home runs and stolen bases:

Player Home Runs Stolen Bases Total Teams Years Played
Rickey Henderson 297 1406 1703 OAK, NYY, TOR, SD, ANA, NYM, SEA, BOS, LAD 1979-2003
Barry Bonds 762 514 1276 Pit, SF 1986-2007
Lou Brock 149 938 1087 Chi-N, STL 1961-1979
Ty Cobb 117 892 1009 Det, Phi-A 1905-1928
Willie Mays 660 338 998 NY-SF Giants, NYM 1951-1973
  • Active players names in bold
  • Stats for active players are reported here through 2007.

[edit] See also

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