Willie Mays became the second player in major league history to hit 600 career home runs with a solo shot to left field in the fourth inning last night off Atlanta starter Milt Pappas at Atlanta Stadium. Mays’ home run opened the scoring, and Mays capped the scoring with another clout, a two-run blast in the eighth, also off Pappas. Babe Ruth is the only other player in baseball history to reach this milestone. Ruth finished his career with 714 home runs.
Mays was greeted at home plate by his teammates after the milestone homer. Mays provided all of the offense that Giants starter Juan Marichal would need on the night. Marichal pushed his record to 11-3 by scattering six hits over nine innings.