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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
No. 600 put to rest as Mays reaches milestone
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Sept. 22, 1969
Willie Mays is supposed to be resting this night. Instead, he makes history. The San Francisco Giants center fielder becomes the second player to hit 600 home runs (Babe Ruth is the first) when he pinch-hits in the seventh inning of a 2-2 game and delivers his 13th homer of the season. The drive off Padres rookie right-hander Mike Corkins lands in the left-center field pavilion before a crowd of only 4,779 in San Diego.
"The pressure was building up," Mays, 38, said after the Giants' 4-2 win. "I had been trying too hard to hit home runs."
The Adirondack Bat Company, whose stick Mays uses, presents him with one share of stock for each foot the homer traveled (371 feet). The stock is quoted at $9 a share. He also receives a $12,000 sports car.
Mays will finish his career with 660 homers, third in history to Hank Aaron's 755 and Ruth's 714.
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