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Mets: Members of the 500 Home Run Club who played in Flushing

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: A general exterior view of the Mets' Home Run Big Apple outside the stadium prior to the New York Mets hosting the Atlanta Braves during their Opening Day Game at Citi Field on April 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: A general exterior view of the Mets' Home Run Big Apple outside the stadium prior to the New York Mets hosting the Atlanta Braves during their Opening Day Game at Citi Field on April 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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COOPERSTOWN, NY – JULY 22: Hall of Famer Willie Mays is introduced at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 22, 2012 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Willie Mays

The first and easily most famous member of the 500 Home Run Club to play for the Mets was Willie Mays. When he joined them in 1972, Mays had already hit 646 home runs in his MLB career. Over the next year and a half, he would add 14 more for a grand total of 660.

For the longest time, Mays was alone in the 600s. Only Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron had hit more. The Say Hey Kid was the only man at the 600 Home Run Club without an invite to the elusive 700 Home Run Club.

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This has changed over time. Mays is now joined by Alex Rodriguez (696), Albert Pujols (633 and counting), Ken Griffey Jr. (630), Jim Thome (612), and Sammy Sosa (609). He has also been passed by the all-time home run king, Barry Bonds (762).

Amazingly enough, Mays hit a home run in his first game with the Mets on May 14th against his former team, the San Francisco Giants. The bomb was a fifth inning solo shot for Mays who happened to be playing first base and leading off for the Mets.

Mays hit 7 more home runs with the 1972 Mets. In his final year in 1973, Mays hits only 6.

The final home run of Mays’ career took place during a Mets home game on August 17, 1973. In a 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, Mays supplied New York with their lone run of the game.

Mays received only limited opportunities during the 1973 postseason with a total of only 10 plate appearances in the NLCS and World Series. His 3 hits were all singles, leaving that mid-August blast as the final trip around the bases of his MLB career.

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