From 2004 until 2016, Howard spent his whole Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the Philadelphia Phillies. He is well-known for being the quickest player in baseball history to hit 100 and 200 home runs. In fact, he did so in only 673 games! The record has since been broken by Rhys Hoskins of the Philadelphia Phillies in only 708 games.
When Howard first joined the Phillies, many thought that he would never hit more than 20 home runs in a season because of his small build (5' 11", 185 pounds). However, over the course of six seasons from 2004-2010, he averaged 26 homers per year. From 2011-2016, however, his average dropped down to 9 homes runs per year.
In addition to his home run totals, Howard also holds the record for most RBIs by a third baseman in MLB history. His record of 1495 RBIs is only second to Joe DiMaggio's 1900 mark.
However, what makes Howard unique is that despite having only played third base throughout his career, his statistics are similar to those of a second baseman. This shows how much responsibility can be put on a single player's shoulders when it comes to scoring runs or preventing them.
On September 1, 1958, the next great tape measure home run career began when giant Frank Howard blasted a tremendous home run off Robin Roberts in Philadelphia. Howard was the embodiment of size and power, standing six feet seven inches tall and weighing 275 pounds. He had more than 30 teams wanting him as a player, but he chose to play for the Chicago Cubs because they offered him the most money. In his only season with the Cubs, he finished with 39 homers and 102 RBIs.
In 1959, his last year in the major leagues, Howard hit 54 homers and drove in 176 runners. The feat has never been matched since then.
The biggest reason why no one has come close to beating this record is due to the fact that baseball has become a much more pitcher-friendly game over the years. In an era when there were very few drugs in use by players, the largest baseball league in history - the American League (AL) - didn't feature a single hitter who had more than 300 homers. The first official record of more than 300 homers being hit by a single player came in 2001, when Sammy Sosa beat out Howard's mark with 307 homers. After several years of speculation, it was confirmed in 2003 that Mark McGwire used steroids during his time with the Cardinals, thus ruining any chance he had of breaking the record himself. Since then, no one has come even close to hitting 300 homers.
On August 2, Bellinger hit his 100th career home run off San Diego Padres pitcher Eric Lauer. As a result, he became the Dodgers' quickest player to reach that record. He achieved it in his 401st game, surpassing Mike Piazza's previous record of 422 games.
Bellinger is only the third Dodger to reach 100 homers before the end of their first season with the team. The others are Davey Johnson (102) and Matt Williams (101).
Williams, however, reached this mark in 1978 when there were only 1,600 games played per year compared to 699 now. That means that one had to play about 169 games to hit 100 homers. While that may not seem like that much, it's difficult given that players these days tend to get injured more often than not.
Even so, someone who is still active today has got to be close. Right?
Well, according to ESPN Stats & Information, no one is closer than Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. In his first season with the team, 2012, Bautista hit 31 homers. This year so far, he has 37 hits already, which is one reason why they're talking about extending his contract.
Bautista has played in only 90 games so far this year, which is less than what most people would expect from him.
He hit 34 and 24 home runs, respectively, making him the first and only player to hit at least fifty home runs in a season while playing for two clubs, as well as the first and only player to accomplish it while playing in both leagues. He did so in 1884 and 1888.
Besides his achievements on the field of play, George Wright is also famous for hitting the first home run ever seen by 10 million people, which helped form the basis for what is now known as baseball. The game was originally called "American Base Ball", but was later renamed after its most popular player - George Wright.
Wright's record of hitting 50 home runs in a single season has never been broken, although several other players have come close. In 1957, Ralph Houk of the New York Yankees and Bill Dickey of the Chicago White Sox each hit 49 home runs, the highest total ever reached until 1958 when Frank Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles and Bob Elliott of the Philadelphia Phillies each hit 50 home runs. In addition, Tony Lazzeri of the Yankees and Duke Snider of the Dodgers each hit 48 homers in 1952.
However, what makes Wright special is not just his extensive list of records but also his career with two different teams.
With 762 home runs, Barry Bonds owns the major league baseball home run record. On August 7, 2007, he surpassed Hank Aaron, who had reached 755. Babe Ruth, with 714 home runs, is the only other player to have hit 700 or more.
Barry Bonds has been banned from baseball for testing positive for steroid use. His record will be challenged by many players who believe that he was helped by performance-enhancing drugs. The current leader of the league in homers is Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals; he has hit 30 or more balls out of the park every year since 1987.
Here are the top ten home run hitters of all time:
1. Barry Bonds - 762
2. Hank Aaron - 755
3. Babe Ruth - 714
4. Willie Mays - 660
5. Ken Griffey Jr. - 652
6. Jim Clark - 640
7. Alex Rodriguez - 636
8. Frank Robinson - 630
9. Mike Schmidt - 625
10. George Foster - 615
Bonds, Barry With 762 home runs, Barry Bonds owns the major league baseball home run record.
In 2011, it was reported that Aaron had died of cancer age 54-55.
Bonds will be able to continue to play after Aaron's death because of his record-breaking home run totals. It's estimated that he will pass Roger Maris' single-season home run record of 61 in 2001. After Maris' record was broken, no one else has been able to break it since.
When Aaron first broke Babe Ruth's record in 1999, many people believed that it would not last because nobody could come close to hitting as many home runs as Aaron did over his career. But now that he has passed Ruth's record, many people believe that another record is going to be broken soon.
In 2012, Matt Holliday became the first player to hit 60 home runs before Aaron came along. Many people think that Joe DiMaggio's 56-game season home run record is going to be broken by either Holliday or David Ortiz this year.
Ortiz recently announced that he is retiring after this season.