While the 500-homer club boasts sluggers such as Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Ernie Banks, the 400-homer club offers us a glimpse into one of baseball's superglues: a diversity of skills. The 400-homer club features athletic stars like the 5-foot-9 Mel Ott and the switch-hitting Chipper Jones.
It includes players who fell just short of becoming elite sluggers, sometimes because they spent a considerable portion of their careers playing their home games in large ballparks. But it also features superstars -- Carl Yastrzemski, Carlos Beltran and Cal Ripken Jr. -- who ended up right where we guessed they would.
Here are the members of the impressive 400-homer club, 57 players who blazed paths in their own unique ways, from the most recent to join to the first:
Nelson Cruz, RF/DH (2005-present)
Hit 400th on: Sept. 22, 2019
Cruz didn't seriously get started hitting homers until his age-28 season in 2009 with Texas, when he hit 33. Like a fine wine, Cruz's power has only gotten better with age; more than half of his 400 homers came at age 34 and older. His 400th homer clinched his fourth career 40-homer season at age 39 with Minnesota in 2019.
Edwin Encarnacion, INF/DH (2005-present)
Hit 400th on: June 9, 2019
He began his career with the Reds, and had stints with the Blue Jays -- with whom he hit 239 of his homers -- and Indians. But it was as a Seattle Mariner that Encarnacion took a trip around the bases with his signature "walking the parrot" gesture for the 400th time.
Mark Teixeira, 1B (2003-16)
Career HR total: 409
Hit 400th on: July 3, 2016
Teixeira was the most recent player to join the 400-homer club, and he's one of the few players to club homer No. 401 in the same game. He reached the mark midway through his final season, then added nine more before hanging up his spikes.
Carlos Beltran, CF (1998-2017)
Career HR total: 435
Hit 400th on: May 15, 2016
It was the year the Yankees traded Beltran to the Rangers at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but he left his mark before leaving the Bronx by joining the 400-homer club in his age-39 season.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2003-present)
Hit 400th on: May 16, 2015
The Tigers didn't have to wait long for Cabrera's 400th homer. He crushed a solo shot in the first inning against the Cardinals, his fourth homer in three days and the most for a Venezuelan-born player.
Adrian Beltre, 3B (1998-2018)
Career HR total: 477
Hit 400th on: May 15, 2015
Beltre achieved the feat during his 18th MLB season, and his fifth as a Ranger. The solo shot came off veteran left-hander Bruce Chen, breaking a 2-2 tie against the Indians in the first inning.
Alfonso Soriano, LF/2B (1999-2014)
Career HR total: 412
Hit 400th on: Aug. 27, 2013
Soriano snapped a five-game homerless streak by going deep in consecutive at-bats against Toronto southpaw J.A. Happ. The seven-time All-Star helped lead the Yankees to a 7-1 win behind Andy Pettitte.
Adam Dunn, LF/1B (2001-14)
Career HR total: 462
Hit 400th on: Aug. 18, 2012
Dunn joined fellow White Sox slugger Paul Konerko as the only teammates in MLB history to reach the 400-homer club in the same season. Dunn's towering homer went 428 feet to left-center at Kauffman Stadium.
David Ortiz, DH/1B (1997-2016)
Career HR total: 541
Hit 400th on: July 4, 2012
As America celebrated Independence Day, Boston honored Big Papi. Ortiz became the sixth player to reach 400 homers while in a Red Sox uniform, and the first since Ramirez in 2005.
Paul Konerko, 1B (1997-2014)
Career HR total: 439
Hit 400th on: April 25, 2012
Konerko's 400th homer was a game-tying drive in the ninth inning of a White Sox-A's game. Konerko's leadoff solo shot forced extra innings, but Oakland won it in 14.
Albert Pujols, 1B (2001-present)
Hit 400th on: Aug. 26, 2010
There has been no shortage of amazing highlights during Pujols' already legendary career. As his age-30 season wrapped up in 2010, he became the third-youngest player in history to hit 400 home runs. Pujols is one of just two Cardinals to accomplish the feat.
Andruw Jones, CF (1996-2012)
Career HR total: 434
Hit 400th on: July 11, 2010
Jones became just the second player in a White Sox uniform to hit home run No. 400, joining Thomas. After the third-inning three-run shot to left off Royals right-hander Anthony Lerew, Jones moved into sole possession of 46th place on the all-time home run list, breaking a tie between Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline.
Vladimir Guerrero, RF (1996-2011)
Career HR total: 449
Hit 400th on: Aug. 10, 2009
Guerrero joined elite company when he became one of only six players to hit 400 home runs while also hitting .320 or better, accompanied by Ruth, Musial, Williams, Gehrig and Foxx.
Jason Giambi, 1B (1995-2014)
Career HR total: 440
Hit 400th on: May 23, 2009
Giambi treated the A's faithful to his 400th career homer off Dan Haren. Sporting a calm demeanor, the former American League MVP Award winner and five-time All-Star greeted his emphatic teammates at home plate like the solo shot was business as usual.
Chipper Jones, 3B/LF (1993-2012)
Career HR total: 468
Hit 400th on: June 5, 2008
Jones became just the third switch-hitter to crank 400 career homers, joining Mantle and Murray. He also raised his batting average to a league-leading .418 at the start of June in the process.
Carlos Delgado, 1B (1993-2009)
Career HR total: 473
Hit 400th on: Aug. 22, 2006
Delgado hit a grand slam for his milestone 400th homer against the Cardinals for his second of the day. His first, a solo shot, gave the Mets an early lead, and his second, the 400th, brought the Mets within two runs.
Mike Piazza, C (1992-2007)
Career HR total: 427
Hit 400th on: April 26, 2006
In his 15th game as a Padre, Piazza became the only catcher to hit 400 home runs. Only six players before Piazza had hit 400 homers with a .300 career batting average without striking out at least 100 times in a season: Ruth, Gehrig, Ott, Williams, Musial and Aaron.
Alex Rodriguez, SS/3B (1994-2016)
Career HR total: 696
Hit 400th on: June 8, 2005
At 29 years and 316 days old, A-Rod was the youngest player to hit 400 home runs, and he was the only player in history to do so before his 30th birthday.
Manny Ramirez, OF (1993-2011)
Career HR total: 555
Hit 400th on: May 15, 2005
Ramirez was the 13th player to join the 400-home run club before his 33rd birthday, and the fourth since Killebrew in 1969. Ramirez was also the fifth-fastest player to 400 in terms of number of at-bats, behind McGwire, Ruth, Killebrew and Thome.
Gary Sheffield, RF (1988-2009)
Career HR total: 509
Hit 400th on: July 27, 2004
Dubbed a "speed guy" as a prospect, Sheffield had never imagined reaching the 400-homer mark. But once he did, on a towering shot to the left-field bleachers at Toronto's SkyDome, Sheffield immediately dreamed of pursuing 100 more. Homer No. 400 came on the same night as A-Rod's 370th dinger.
Jim Thome, 1B (1991-2012)
Career HR total: 612
Hit 400th on: June 14, 2004
Thome's milestone 400th home run came after a two-hour, 18-minute rain delay. He battled back from an 0-2 count to knock a two-run jack in the first inning. Griffey was in the opposite dugout, less than a week away from collecting his 500th career homer.
Frank Thomas, DH/1B (1990-2008)
Career HR total: 521
Hit 400th on: July 25, 2003
A year and two days after Thomas hit the longest home run to date at U.S. Cellular Field, he cranked his 400th shot in his 14th season for the White Sox.
Jeff Bagwell, 1B (1991-2005)
Career HR total: 449
Hit 400th on: July 20, 2003
Bagwell collected his 399th and 400th career homers in a 6-3 Astros win over the Reds during a Sunday matinee. Both came off right-hander Danny Graves, a former closer who was attempting to resurrect his career as a starter.
Juan Gonzalez, RF (1989-2005)
Career HR total: 434
Hit 400th on: June 5, 2002
Batting cleanup behind Rodriguez, the two-time AL MVP Award winner scorched home run No. 400 to left field off Angels southpaw Jarrod Washburn in the second inning to become the 34th player to reach the mark.
Sammy Sosa, RF (1989-2007)
Career HR total: 609
Hit 400th on: May 16, 2001
Sosa appropriately slammed a 2-1 Shane Reynolds pitch into the right-field bleachers at Wrigley Field in a game the Cubs ultimately lost to the Astros. Sosa also hit his 100th, 200th and 300th homers at Wrigley.
Rafael Palmeiro, 1B/LF (1986-2006)
Career HR total: 569
Hit 400th on: Sept. 23, 2000
As the 2000 season wrapped up, Palmeiro drilled his milestone homer with just six games left in the campaign.
Fred McGriff, 1B (1986-2004)
Career HR total: 493
Hit 400th on: June 2, 2000
The Devil Rays' first baseman earned two milestones in three days -- slugging his 400th home run at Shea Stadium on Friday, June 2, and following up with his 2,000th career hit against the Mets two days later.
Ken Griffey Jr., CF (1989-2010)
Career HR total: 630
Hit 400th on: April 10, 2000
Griffey had been the youngest player to join the 400-homer club before getting dethroned by A-Rod in 2005. Griffey continued his trend of hitting milestone homers on his father's birthday, repeating the feat for the fourth time since swatting his first MLB homer in 1989 on the same date.
Cal Ripken Jr., SS/3B (1981-2001)
Career HR total: 431
Hit 400th on: Sept. 2, 1999
Ripken hit his 400th home run in his 19th season as an Oriole, and less than six months after his father, Cal Sr., passed away from lung cancer. Ripken received two curtain calls at Camden Yards, as he pointed to his mother in the stands his second time out of the dugout.
Jose Canseco, DH/OF (1985-2001)
Career HR total: 462
Hit 400th on: April 14, 1999
A native of Cuba, Canseco became the first Major League player not born in the United States to reach 400 home runs. It was his third home run of the year for the Devil Rays in an eventual 7-6, extra-inning loss to the Blue Jays.
Barry Bonds, LF (1986-2007)
Career HR total: 762
Hit 400th on: Aug. 23, 1998
Although he didn't reach the 400-homer club until his age-33 season, Bonds would club 292 from 1999-2004 en route to becoming the all-time home run leader.
Mark McGwire, 1B (1986-2001)
Career HR total: 583
Hit 400th on: May 8, 1998
McGwire first full season with the Cardinals included not only his memorable run to a new single-season homer record, but also his 400th career long ball.
Andre Dawson, OF (1976-96)
Career HR total: 438
Hit 400th on: April 15, 1993
The Hall of Famer notched his 400th homer in the first of two seasons he played for the Red Sox. It was a moonshot over the Green Monster in Fenway Park. Dawson became the 16th Major Leaguer with at least 2,500 hits and 400 home runs.
Eddie Murray, 1B (1977-97)
Career HR total: 504
Hit 400th on: May 3, 1992
The switch-hitting Hall of Famer had a productive run with the Mets after making his mark with the Orioles. The slugging first baseman joined the 400-homer club during his 25th game repping New York.
Dave Winfield, RF (1973-95)
Career HR total: 465
Hit 400th on: Aug. 14, 1991
Winfield was in a 1-for-27 slump before hitting his 400th career homer off Twins left-hander David West in his hometown of Minneapolis.
Darrell Evans, 3B/1B (1969-89)
Career HR total: 414
Hit 400th on: Sept. 20, 1988
Evans joined the 400-homer club at the expense of Indians right-hander and future Red Sox manager John Farrell, becoming the oldest player to reach the mark, at 41 years old. Evans retired after having joined Jackson as the second player to hit at least 100 homers for three teams.
Dave Kingman, 1B/LF (1971-86)
Career HR total: 442
Hit 400th on: Aug. 10, 1985
Kingman was stuck on 399 home runs for 13 games before parking his 400th into the left-field seats off left-hander Matt Young in the first inning.
Mike Schmidt, 3B/1B (1972-89)
Career HR total: 548
Hit 400th on: May 15, 1984
Schmidt was one of 12 hitters to garner at least 400 home runs while playing for one team (Phillies) during the entirety of his career.
Reggie Jackson, RF (1967-87)
Career HR total: 563
Hit 400th on: Aug. 11, 1980
Jackson became the fourth player to hit his 400th home run while in a Yankees uniform, joining Ruth, Gehrig and Mantle. Jackson did it three years after being dubbed Mr. October for blasting three consecutive homers in the clinching game of the '77 World Series.
Carl Yastrzemski, LF/1B (1961-83)
Career HR total: 452
Hit 400th on: July 24, 1979
This was a memorable year for Yastrzemski. He deposited his 400th shot into the visitors' bullpen in July, then joined the coveted 3,000-hit club in mid-September of the same season.
Willie Stargell, LF/1B (1962-82)
Career HR total: 475
Hit 400th on: June 29, 1977
In his age-36 season, Stargell became only the 17th player to join the 400-homer club. The Pirates legend launched it into to the right-field stands in a 9-1 rout over the Cardinals. A nun caught the ball, and after thanking her, Stargell traded her for a new one.
Billy Williams, LF (1959-76)
Career HR total: 426
Hit 400th on: June 12, 1975
Williams was the first player to reach 400 homers while wearing an Athletics uniform, and only two more (Kingman and Giambi) have followed him thus far.
Willie McCovey, 1B/LF (1959-80)
Career HR total: 521
Hit 400th on: July 15, 1973
McCovey hit his 400th and 401st home runs on the same day -- off Bob Moose and Bob Johnson in the third and fifth innings, respectively. He was the 15th player to join the 400-homer club.
Harmon Killebrew, 1B/3B/LF (1954-75)
Career HR total: 573
Hit 400th on: April 27, 1969
Killebrew was the 14th player to join the 400-homer club when he accomplished the feat in 1969. It came as a Twin during his 5,300th career at-bat, when he connected off White Sox left-hander Gary Peters.
Frank Robinson, OF/1B (1956-76)
Career HR total: 586
Hit 400th on: Sept. 9, 1967
Robinson played for five teams during his 20-year career, and his 400th homer came as a member of the Orioles. (It also erased southpaw Jim Kaat's attempt at a shutout in the seventh inning.)
Hank Aaron, RF/1B (1954-76)
Career HR total: 755
Hit 400th on: April 20, 1966
In his age-32 season, during which he hit his 400th homer, Aaron matched his career high with 44 long balls en route to 755 on his career.
Ernie Banks, 1B/SS (1953-71)
Career HR total: 512
Hit 400th on: Sept. 2, 1965
In front of just 5,014 fans at Wrigley Field, Banks hit his 24th home run of the season and 400th of his career during a Thursday matinee against the Cardinals. The unlucky victim? Three-time All-Star and World Series winner Curt Simmons.
Willie Mays, CF (1951-73)
Career HR total: 660
Hit 400th on: Aug. 27, 1963
The most legendary player in Giants franchise history slugged his 400th home run in Houston's Astrodome, and he was just heating up. Mays finished the year with 187 hits -- the fourth-most in his 22-year career.
Duke Snider, CF (1947-64)
Career HR total: 407
Hit 400th on: June 14, 1963
Snider slugged his milestone homer for the Mets out of the horseshoe-shaped outfield of the Polo Grounds at the expense of the first-place Reds. Only eight players had connected for 400 before him -- all of them Hall of Famers. Snider would join that club in 1980.
Eddie Mathews, 3B/1B (1952-68)
Career HR total: 512
Hit 400th on: April 16, 1963
Matthews played for the Braves from 1952-66, spanning the three cities the Braves called home. His 400th home run came as a Milwaukee Brave, leading the team to its fifth consecutive win.
Mickey Mantle, CF/1B (1951-68)
Career HR total: 536
Hit 400th on: Sept. 10, 1962
Mantle was the first switch-hitter in history to reach 400 home runs, and only five switch-hitters have followed suit since. The Hall of Famer was only the third Yankees player to accomplish the feat in pinstripes (following Ruth and Gehrig).
Stan Musial, OF/1B (1941-63)
Career HR total: 475
Hit 400th on: May 7, 1959
Musial was the first player in Cardinals franchise history to hit 400 home runs while donning a St. Louis uniform, and he did it in dramatic fashion. The Cubs and Cards were deadlocked, 3-3, heading into the ninth, before Musial blasted a leadoff walk-off homer for career shot No. 400 off reliever Don Elston.
Ted Williams, LF (1939-60)
Career HR total: 521
Hit 400th on: July 17, 1956
Williams gave the Fenway faithful a special thrill in the summer of 1956, slugging homer No. 400 a half-dozen rows behind the visitors' bullpen to break up a pitchers' duel. Williams became just the fifth player in history to reach the mark.
Mel Ott, RF/3B (1926-47)
Career HR total: 511
Hit 400th on: June 1, 1941
After Ruth, Ott was the next to reach 400 home runs -- and the first in the National League. The same swing earned the Hall of Famer his 1,500th RBI. The milestone came in a 3-2 win over the Reds at the Polo Grounds.
Jimmie Foxx, 1B/3B/C (1925-45)
Career HR total: 534
Hit 400th on: June 27, 1938
Foxx became the third player to garner 400 home runs, slugging it off Indians fireballer Bob Feller. Foxx also became the first batter to hit 50 or more home runs for two teams after slugging 50 for the Red Sox that year, and 58 for the 1932 A's.
Lou Gehrig, 1B (1986-2004)
Career HR total: 493
Hit 400th on: July 10, 1936
Gehrig hit 306 home runs from 1931 through the end of his career in '39 -- the second-highest total for that decade behind Foxx. On July 10, 1936, Gehrig joined the retired Ruth as the only players to hit 400 home runs.
Babe Ruth, P/RF (1914-35)
Career HR total: 714
Hit 400th on: Sept. 2, 1927
The 1927 season was a special one for the mighty Bambino. Ruth became the first player in Major League history to hit 400 home runs, posting a career-high 60 dingers in the legendary '27 season.