Paul Konerko hits a home run against the Minnesota Twins (Photo: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE)

400 Home Runs With One Team


Paul Konerko hits the 400th HR of his career as a member of the White Sox (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE)

 

Paul Konerko has been on fire the last few weeks, having one of the best stretches of his entire career. He’s made himself a viable American League MVP candidate. Sunday afternoon, Konerko connected on the 407th home run of his career, tying him with Duke Snider for 47th on the all-time list. More notably, the home run was also the 400th of Konerko’s career as a member of the White Sox (it is often forgotten that Konerko actually played briefly for both the Dodgers and Reds before joining the White Sox). Hitting 400 home runs with one franchise is a rare feat; Konerko became just the 24 player in history to accomplish it. Here is a complete list of the players in this select group:

 

 

Player

Team

Year

     HR
Hank Aaron

Braves

1954-1974

     733
Babe Ruth

Yankees

1920-1934

659

Willie Mays

Giants

1951-1972

646

Barry Bonds

Giants

1993-2007

586

Harmon Killebrew

Senators/Twins

1954-1974

559

Mike Schmidt

Phillies

1972-1989

     548
Sammy Sosa

Cubs

1992-2004

     545
Mickey Mantle

Yankees

1951-1968

536

Ted Williams

Red Sox

1939-1960

521

Ernie Banks

Cubs

1953-1971

512

Mel Ott

Giants

1926-1947

511

Lou Gehrig

Yankees

1923-1939

493

Eddie Mathews

Braves

1952-1966

493

Stan Musial

Cardinals

1941-1963

475

Willie Stargell

Pirates

1962-1982

475

Willie McCovey

Giants

1959-73, 77-80

469

Chipper Jones

Braves

1993-2012

459

Carl Yastrzemski

Red Sox

1961-1983

452

Jeff Bagwell

Astros

1991-2005

449

Frank Thomas

White Sox

1990-2005

448

Albert Pujols

Cardinals

2001-2011

445

Cal Ripken

Orioles

1981-2001

431

Ken Griffey

Mariners

1989-99, 09-10

417

Paul Konerko

White Sox

1999-2012

400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Of the 24 players who’ve hit 400+ HR with a single franchise, 14 of them did it in the National League, just 10 have accomplished it in the American League.

- The Giants have had 4 players hit 400+ HR for them, the Braves and Yankees have each had 3.

- Among the 16 franchises who’ve been in existence since at least the beginning of the modern era (1901), the A’s, Dodgers, Indians, and Reds have never had a player hit 400+ HR for them.

- Along with Konerko, only Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, and Sammy Sosa have hit 400+ HR for a team other than the one they began their MLB career with. Konerko becomes the only player in history to do it with his 3rd team.

- Ruth, Gehrig, Ott, Williams, and Musial are the only players who began their career before World War II who went on to hit 400+ HR with a single team.

- Aaron, Mays, Killebrew, Mantle, Banks, Mathews, and McCovey all accomplish the feat after beginning the career in the 1950s, which were something of a golden era for this exclusive club. Notably, four of these seven player are African-American, and would not have been able to play in MLB only a few years earlier.

- Stargell, Yastrzemski, and Schmidt were the only players to begin their career in the 1960s or 1970s to hit 400+ with one team, which may not be such a surprise, given that pitching dominated much of the time they were playing.

- Ripken and Griffey both began in the 1980s, as did Bonds and Sosa, though neither of them began playing with their 400+ HR franchise until the 1990s. Jones, Bagwell, Thomas, and Konerko also started in the 1990s, while Albert Pujols became the first player to start their career in the 2000s and join this group.

- Todd Helton has hit 352 HR with the Rockies; David Ortiz has hit 330 HR since joining the Red Sox. No other active player has 300+ HR with their current team.

- As well as Konerko is playing, it’s not easy to predict how a player his age will play going forward. It’s certainly possible he’ll hit another 100 HR with the White Sox, which would make him only the 12 player in history with 500+ HR with one team. In any event, it is quite an accomplishment, one Konerko and his many fans should all be proud of.

 

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