As soon as we heard that Alex Rodriguez had clubbed a grand slam to tie Lou Gehrig for the all-time salami leadership Tuesday (right), we wondered which player has the most career solo home runs.
So, we looked at the 27 major leaguers with 493 or more career home runs and (thanks in large part to baseball-reference.com), broke them down (see list below). Here's a little of what we found:
♦ All-time home run leader Barry Bonds has by far the most solo homers (450). No one else is even in the 400s. His 223 two-run shots are tied for third all-time.
♦ Long-time home-run king Babe Ruth has the most two-run (251) and three-run (98) round-trippers. Even if you threw out his 349 solo shots, his 365 multi-run long balls would rank him 72nd on the all-time list, just ahead of Joe DiMaggio.
♦ Phillies Mike Schmidt (81) and Jim Thome (80) and sixth and seventh, respectively, when it comes to three-run homers. Schmidt's seven grand slams are tied for fewest among these 27, though.
♦ Manny Ramirez, currently honing his skills in Triple-A for the Oakland Athletics, is just two grand slams behind Gehrig and ARod.
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