1971 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Joins The ’500 Home Runs Club’
On this day in 1971, Frank Robinson connected for the 500th home run of his amazing baseball career!!!
At home and sitting in first place in the American League East division, the Orioles were hosting the Detroit Tigers. Robinson entered the game with 499 home runs on his resume and was looking to make history in front of the fans at Memorial Stadium.
And he delivered…
He made the faithful Oriole fans wait until the bottom of the 9th inning, but he crushed a 2-run homer for #500. The shot came off of Tigers pitcher Fred Scherman and the crowd erupted in applause for Robinson even though his team trailed the Tigers by 5 runs and eventually lost the game by a score of 10-5.
Happy Anniversary Mr. Robinson!!!