1965 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Joins The ‘500 Home Runs Club’
On this day in 1965, Willie Mays connected for the 500th home run of his baseball career!!!
On the road in Houston to take on the Astros at the Astrodome, Mays and his Giants teammates played in front of a relatively small crowd of just under 20,000. I wonder how many people had tickets to the game but decided to stay home since the lowly Astros were so far behind(24 games) in the pennant chase… In today’s world of sports and the Internet, this game would have had a sold-out crowd with the anticipation of seeing history made!!
And for the 19,827 fans in attendance, they were in for a treat…
Leading off the 4th inning for the Giants, Mays blasted the 500th home run of his baseball career. He joined the 500 HR club with a solo shot to right field. The homer came off of Don Nottebart and it helped the Giants win the game 5-1 and extend their win streak to 11 consecutive games!!
Happy Anniversary Mr. Mays!!!