On September 6, 1996, Eddie Murray of the Baltimore Orioles hit his 500th home run at a home game in the Camden Yards against the Detroit Tigers.
The game ended with the Tigers grabbing a 5-4 lead with one run in the top of the 12th inning.
The Los Angeles native was signed by the Orioles in the third round of the amateur draft in 1973 and played his rookie year in ’77 at age 21. He won Rookie of the Year and stayed in Baltimore for the first 12 seasons of his 21 year career. After his last season, 1997, he totaled 504 home runs and was granted eight All-Star Game appearances. He claimed the Gold Glove award three times before finishing his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1997.
Murray was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 for his accomplishments including three World Series appearances, one of which gave him a championship ring.
“When I first came to the big leagues he really helped me out and showed me the way. His professionalism – and the way he was there for his team and ready to play – really had an impact on me as a young player.” –Cal Ripken Jr. on Eddie Murray