Dodger Stadium is the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Only four times in history has a ball been hit entirely out of Dodger Stadium, with two of those balls being hit by Pirates legend Willie Stargell. Mike Piazza and Mark McGwire also achieved it, but Stargell hit the longest of the four bombs and the first one in 1969. The other two were hit in 1993 by McGwire and in 1998 by Rafael Palmiero.
Since its opening in 1960, only four other stadiums have seen more home runs hit into them: Fenway Park (5), Yankee Stadium (4), Camden Yards (3), and U.S. Cellular Field (3).
A total of 52 homers have been hit into the stands at Dodger Stadium over the course of its history. Stargell's mark of seven is the most among current or former Dodgers players. Joe Medwick, Ralph Branca, Jim Konstanty, and Tommy Davis are the others who have hit six homers each.
Babe Ruth is the only player to hit a home run in every game of a season twice in his career. He accomplished this feat in 1924 and 1925 when he was with the Boston Red Sox.
In fact, no one has ever hit a home run in every game of a season during any year. The closest thing to this achievement was set in 1972 by George Foster of the Oakland Athletics.
According to Statcast, the ball traveled 475 feet and had an exit velocity of 114 mph. And, yes, he joins a select group of individuals who have ever hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium: Mark McGwire achieved it in May 1999, Mike Piazza did it in September 1997, and Willie Stargell did it twice, including a 506-foot (!!) bomb in 1969.
Here's how it happened: Turner hit the ball toward left field, where it was caught by Tony Clark about 60 feet from the stands. The throw came in from Tom Goodwin in right field, and Ken Boyer got the ball as it crossed the plate. It took six seconds off the clock before the next batter could take the plate.
So that's pretty crazy!
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the game that he thought it was a home run until it reached first base. He called it "an amazing display of power" and said it was his favorite part of the game. "I've been in this league long enough to know that you don't see them very often," Roberts said. "To see one leave the ballpark, that's something special."
And with that, here are the top 10 hits out of Dodger Stadium:
10 Chris Davis - April 29, 2014 (Tied for tenth)
9 Frank Thomas - July 4, 2004 (Tenth)
Five home runs have fully cleared Dodger Stadium. Two of the home runs were hit by Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell. On August 6, 1969, Stargell launched a 507-foot home run off the Dodgers' Alan Foster that cleared the right field pavilion and struck a bus parked outside the stadium.
4 May 1997: Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza celebrates his home run against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The game was won by the Dodgers 5-2. (Photo by Elsa Hasch/Allsport)
Stanton's home run on Tuesday night was the third-longest ever hit at Dodger Stadium. Stanton really rocketed the ball past the bleachers in left field after connecting off Mike Bolsinger in the top of the first inning with no score. The ball landed 743 feet from home plate, according to Statcast™. That's the longest home run ever tracked by Statcast™.
The previous record holder was also hit by Stanton: Matt Kemp with a 714-foot blast on April 17, 2016. It took just 4 minutes and 44 seconds off the clock when it reached the stands.
Kemp has the advantage of batting right-handed while Stanton is left-handed. But they both have an angle to their swings that allows them to get plenty of power from the left side of the plate.
Dodger Stadium is known for its short left-field line, which helps drag down batting averages against left-handers. But even so, lefties have success occasionally here. Ted Williams hit seven homers in 1960 and John McGraw hit six in 1884.
In addition to the two Dodgers' homers, there are three other balls that reached the fence in left field this season. One of them was hit by Yasiel Puig on May 11 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Pujols launched a two-run home ball halfway up the left-field pavilion in the second inning of the Dodgers' 8-2 victory in the Freeway Series rubber match this weekend. Nonetheless, when his home run flew into the afternoon light, a crowd of 46,982 erupted at Dodger Stadium. It was the largest audience ever to see a game between Los Angeles teams.
The last time the Dodgers played in Houston was May 3-4, 2004. Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were hitting home runs like crazy and it was clear that baseball's home run race was on after only Maris and Aaron had hit 60 apiece. The Dodgers came out firing in the first inning with four straight hits including three straight singles. A passed ball by Tom Henke allowed Ken Reitz to score the first run of the game. After a strikeout, Jerry Hairston Jr. delivered an RBI single to right field scoring Reitz. In the second inning, Dave Roberts hit a leadoff double before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Russell Martin. In the third, Chris Woodward hit a two-run homer off Mike Morgan to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead. In the fourth, Juan Pierre reached base on an error by pitcher Josh Beckett before Matt Joyce drove him in with an RBI single to right center field.
In the fifth, Carl Crawford got things going with a solo shot off J.B. Howell.
On May 8, 1973, Stargell blasted his second home run out of Dodger Stadium, the shorter of the two. Stargell hit a 470-foot home run off Andy Messersmith, sending the ball past the right-field bleachers and into the street beyond.
Henry Louis Gehrig became became the third player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a single game. He blasted four home runs in his first four at-bats, but his best day was overshadowed by John McGraw's retirement announcement.