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Mays moves into second with 535th homer
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Aug. 17, 1966

Willie Mays continues to climb the home-run ladder. Going into the season fifth all-time with 505 homers, the San Francisco Giants center-fielder passes Mel Ott (511), Ted Williams (521) and today Jimmie Foxx (534). No. 535 is a line drive over the right-field fence in Candlestick Park off St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Ray Washburn in the fourth inning.

The only man ahead of Mays is Babe Ruth (714), and the 35-year-old Mays doesn't expect to catch him. "I won't be able to play that often as long as I'd need to," he says after playing in his 2,018th game, a 4-3 Giants' victory.

Mays is right. The homer is his 30th of the season and he will finish 1966 with 37, but he will never hit more than 28 in a year again. He will bang out another 125 homers after today, giving him 660, but that still leaves him 54 short of the Babe when he retires after the 1973 season.

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