Adam Dunn hit his 7th homer of the season and 245th of his career today. That moves him into a tie for 194th place on the all-time list with Deron Johnson and Mickey Tettleton.
If you are wondering "Who the heck is Deron Johnson" you are not alone.
Next up on the list at #193 is Ken Singleton, who retired with 246 career home runs.
Deron Johnson - Played Until Age: 37 Career HR: 245 Career AB: 5941 AB/HR: 24.2
Johnson was actually a former Cincinnati Red who played 16 years in the majors with 8 different teams: Yankees, Athletics, Reds, Braves, Phillies, Brewers, Red Sox and White Sox. Even though he played until 1976 I still don't remember him at all. He played for the Reds for 4 years in the 1960's including the year he led the NL in RBIs in 1965.
Mickey Tettleton - Played Until Age: 37 Career HR: 245 Career AB: 4698 AB/HR: 19.2
Tettleton played 14 seasons for the Athletics, Orioles, Tigers and Rangers. He was known as one of the best hitting catchers of his era. He made the All-Star team twice. He was similar to Dunn in batting style because he had a low batting average, struck out a lot, walked a lot and hit a lot of home runs. Tettleton was recognized by his unusual batting stance: he stood almost straight up at the plate, bending only when the pitcher began his delivery. He was also distinguished by the huge wad of chewing tobacco he kept in his cheek during games, as well as his claim that Froot Loops were the source of his hitting power and kept monkey balls in his back pocket for good luck.
Adam Dunn - Current Age: 28 Career HR: 245 Career AB: 3475 AB/HR: 14.2
Players that Adam Dunn has passed on the career home run list this season:
244 Hack Wilson, Lou Whitaker, Tony Clark
242 Dusty Baker, Roy Campanella, Wally Berger, Sal Bando
241 Jesse Barfield, Cecil Cooper, Rick Monday
240 Roberto Clemente, Jeff Burroughs
239 Ken Caminiti, Dolph Camilli
238 Ray Lankford, Earl Averill
I will leave it up to Big Klu to post Dunn's ranks among the Reds' all-time team leaders because Dunn's homer today was a big milestone.
Here is a photo of today's home run #245 of Adam Dunn's career: