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Mike Schmidt's 500th Home Run

A look at the career home run leaders 25 years ago.

Mike Schmidt's 500th Home Run

(Eric Gay/AP file photo)
(Eric Gay/AP file photo)

It's hard to believe that it has been 25 years since Mike Schmidt reached the 500-home run milestone in a Phillies' 8-6 victory at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium. (Schmidt is shown at left rounding the bases following his game-winning blast that day.)

Below are the top 15 career home run hitters after that historic day and currently (through Tuesday's games):

THRU APRIL 18, 1987        THRU APRIL 17, 2012
 Player   HR       Player HR
 Hank Aaron  755    Barry Bonds 762
 Babe Ruth  714    Hank Aaron 755
 Willie Mays  660    Babe Ruth 714
 Frank Robinson  586    Willie Mays 660
 Harmon Killebrew   573    Ken Griffey Jr. 630
 Reggie Jackson  549    Alex Rodriguez 630
 Mickey Mantle  536    Sammy Sosa 609
 Jimmie Foxx  534    Jim Thome 604
 Ted Williams  521    Frank Robinson 586
 Willie McCovey  521    Mark McGwire 583
 Eddie Mathews  512    Harmon Killebrew  573
 Ernie Banks  512    Rafel Palmeiro 569
 Mel Ott  511    Reggie Jackson 563
 Mike Schmidt  500    Manny Ramirez 555
 Lou Gehrig  493    Mike Schmidt 548
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