On This Date 5/4/1966
Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants sets the National League record for home runs as he hits number 512 passing Mel Ott. The home run comes in the fifth inning against Claude Osteen in a 5-1 win over the archrival Los Angeles Dodgers at Candlestick Park. Mays would become the first National League with 600 home runs but would be passed by Hank Aaron in 1972. Willie Mays retired a year later with 660 dingers.