Yesterday, August 17, 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of Willie Mays 660th and final home run of his career. The “Say Hey Kid,” playing for the New York Mets at the time, hit the bomb in the 4th inning of a game in Shea Stadium against the Cincinnati Reds.
“I do remember my 660th home run,” Mays said in an email interview. “I didn’t think it would be my last home run since we still had over a month left to play in the season.” via Scott Walsh, The Times-Tribune
Mays ranks 4th on the all-time home run record behind his Godson, Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth. In case you care who ranks 5th on that list, it’s none other than Alex Rodriguez, who has hit 648; just 12 shy of Mays record. If MLB has its way (and most fans of baseball), A-Rod won’t have the chance to pass Mays unless he hits them in the remainder of this season.