Planning the Birth of Baseball's Next Great Home-Run Hitter?

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Planning the Birth of Baseball's Next Great Home-Run Hitter?
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Hank Aaron: A February birth

For those young couples planning a family who would like to make sure that your next son will be one of the top home-run hitters in the history of baseball, you’ll probably want to read this blog.

There are 83 players who have hit 350 or more home runs in baseball history. In looking at the month in which these players were born, those planning a birth may want to target March, August or November...and most certainly not April!

Following are the number of players with 350-plus career home runs and the month they were born.

350-plus HR Club members by month

10: March

10: August

10: November

8: May

8: October

7: September

6: January

6: June

5: February

5: July

5: December

3: April

Note No. 1: On six dates, two members of baseball’s 350-plus HR Club were born: March 7—Joe Carter and Jeff Kent; March 8—Jim Rice and Dick Allen; May 27—Frank Thomas and Jeff Bagwell; October 20—Mickey Mantle and Juan Gonzalez; November 18—Gary Sheffield and David Ortiz; November 21—Ken Griffey and Stan Musial.

Note No. 2: Seven of the 83 players were born on the 27th, most of the group. Five members each were born on the 10th and the 24th. There was at least one player with 350-plus home runs born on every date (1, 2, 3, 4…) of a month.

Note No. 3: Of the 25 players who have hit 500 or more home runs, four were born in May and four were born in October, most on the list.

Did You Know? Hank Aaron, No. 2 the list, was born on February 5. Babe Ruth, No. 3 on the list, was born on February 6.

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