A-Rod Smashes 500th Homer

Sets record for youngest player in 500 club
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2007 3:23 PM CDT
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, right, slaps hands with third base coach Larry Bowa after hitting a two-run home run, his 499th career home run, in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Alex Rodriguez finally blasted his way into the 500-homer club today, becoming, at age 32 and 8 days, the youngest baseball player to hit the mark. A-Rod swatted the first pitch he saw from Kansas City Royals' Kyle Davies, belting a three-run homer at Yankee Stadium. It had been a week since he hit  #499, and the fans were ecstatic.

Rodriguez is the 22nd player in Major League Baseball history to score 500 home runs. The record for youngest player was previously held by Jimmie Foxx who was 32 years and 338 days old when he did the deed. A-Rod becomes the third player in Yankees pinstripes to perform the feat, following Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. (Read more record stories.)