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Flashback Friday: Dusty Baker Becomes Fourth Dodger With 30 Home Runs

The 1977 season was a memorable one for the Los Angeles Dodgers. It marked Tommy Lasorda’s first full year managing the team, which correlated with the Dodgers reaching the World Series, only to lose to the New York Yankees.

Going into the last day of the regular season, the Dodgers had an impressive roster with three players already hitting over 30 home runs in the year. Left fielder Dusty Baker hoped to join the list as he entered the matchup with the Houston Astros with 29 home runs.

One of Baker’s opportunities to join the 30 home run club that night came in the sixth inning. With two outs and nobody on base, Baker blasted a J.R. Richards pitch over the left field wall. The home run made the Dodgers the first team in MLB history to field a roster with four players that hit at least 30 home runs in a single season.

On Oct. 2, 1977, Baker joined Steve Garvey, Reggie Smith, and Ron Cey in accomplishing that feat.
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    • Best team ever, I listened to the Brooklyn Dodger’s on the radio when I lived in Tennessee and stayed with them after their move to LA. Get team and organization.

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