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Dodgers: Remembering Orlando Hudson’s Rare Feat 11 Years Later

Eleven years ago today, Orlando Hudson did something no Dodgers’ player has ever done before or since.



Let me take you back into the past a little bit here. The day is April 12th, 2009. The Dodgers are facing off against their rival Giants in a game that features Chad Billingsley going up against Randy Johnson. The future Hall of Famer would get seven rungs hung up on him in just 3.2 innings. Meanwhile, Chad Billingsley went on to pitch a seven innings gem. But that was not the storyline of the game. 

No, instead it was a speedy second baseman who stole the show. Fans might remember Orlando Hudson, or O-Dog, as just another name that passed through Los Angeles for a year. But this date in history exactly even years ago made O-Dog so much more than that. He became the first Dodgers player to ever hit for the cycle at Dodger Stadium. And it all started with a ten-foot single. 

 

Dodgers fans probably know that Cody Bellinger was the last player to hit for the cycle, but that was in Miami back in 2017. No Dodgers player has hit for the cycle at Chavez Ravine since that day in 2009. Hudson followed up that “little rubber” as Vin would call it, with a bomb to left in his next at-bat. A double in the gap off of Randy Johnson, completing his 3-for-3 day off of the Hall of Famer. 

Hudson finished up the cycle by tripling into the right-field corner off of Brandon Medders in the sixth inning. Quite the feat for a guy that traveled all around the league in his eleven-year career. Andre Ethier also went deep twice that game and drove in four.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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