Friday, February 5, 2016

Mike Trout Celebrates 21st Birthday in Style

Mike Trout Celebrates his 21st Birthday in Style

Mike Trout Celebrates 21st Birthday in Style

(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Millville High School's Mike Trout has been making his mark all season, and that didn't stop just because he turned 21 Tuesday. In fact, he celebrated by clubbing the 25th home run of his career.

Only eight players in major league history had more home runs by the time they started their 22nd year on earth. Two of them (Frank Robinson, Alex Rodriguez) also homered on the day they turned 21.

Here are players with 25 or more career home runs through the day of their 21st birthday:

 Player  21st Birthday  HR  
 Mel Ott  March 2, 1930  61
 Tony Conigliaro  Jan. 7, 1966  56
 Ken Griffy Jr.  Nov. 21, 1990  38
 Mickey Mantle  Oct. 20, 1952  36
 Frank Robinson  Aug. 31, 1956  35*
 Al Kaline  Dec. 19, 1955  32
 Alex Rodriguez  July 27, 1996  27*
 Andruw Jones  April 23, 1998  26
 Mike Trout  Aug. 7, 2012  25*
 Orlando Cepeda     Sept. 17, 1958     25
 Eddie Mathews  Oct. 13, 1952  25
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