(American major leagues only, cut off is 500 home runs)

Hank Aaron        755 
Barry Bonds*      751
Babe Ruth         714 
Willie Mays       660 
Sammy Sosa*       602
Ken Griffey, Jr.* 586
Frank Robinson    586 
Mark McGwire      583
Harmon Killebrew  573
Rafael Palmeiro   569 
Reggie Jackson    563 
Mike Schmidt      548
Mickey Mantle     536 
Jimmie Foxx       534 
Willie McCovey    521 
Ted Williams      521 
Ernie Banks       512 
Eddie Mathews     512 
Mel Ott           511 
Eddie Murray      504
Frank Thomas      501 

* Player is still active
Updated through July 16, 2007

And here, if only for my own amusement, are the all-time home run leaders of Japanese Baseball (400 or more):


1.  Sadaharu Oh          王   貞治    (1959-1980)     868
2.  Katsuya Nomura       野村 克也    (1954-1980)     657
3.  Hiromitsu Kadota     門田 博光    (1970-1992)     567 
4.  Koji Yamamoto        山本 浩二    (1969-1986)     536
5.  Hiromitsu Ochiai     落合 博満    (1979-1998)     510 
6.  Isao Harimoto        張本 勲      (1959-1981)     504
6.  Sachio Kinugasa      衣笠 祥雄    (1965-1987)     504
8.  Katsuo Osugi         大杉 勝男    (1965-1983)     486
9.  Kazuhiro Kiyohara*   清原 和博    (1986-2003)     480
10. Koichi Tabuchi       田淵 幸一    (1969-1984)     474
11. Masahiro Doi         土井 正博    (1962-1981)     465
12. Shigeo Nagashima     長嶋 茂雄    (1958-1974)     444
13. Koji Akiyama         秋山 幸二    (1981-2002)     437

* denotes active player

Japanese baseball fans are fond of pointing out that Sadaharu Oh is the worldwide all-time home run leader, having bested Hank Aaron's Major League mark of 755 by more than 100. To which Americans are quick to point out that Japanese ballparks are smaller and the pitching is weaker. But then again, the Japanese baseball season is only 136 games long, compared to 162 in the US. Either way, Oh's 868 career home runs is a remarkable mark that will likely never be broken in either league.

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