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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ebbets Field: best season home run rate.

It's a bit odd that the Brooklyn Dodgers season home run (HR) record was only 43: Duke Snider 1956.


Rk Player HR Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Duke Snider 43 1956 29 BRO NL 151 652 542 112 158 33 2 101 99 26 101 1 6 4 16 3 3 .292 .399 .598 .997 *8/H
2 Duke Snider 42 1955 28 BRO NL 148 653 538 126 166 34 6 136 104 19 87 1 4 6 9 9 7 .309 .418 .628 1.046 *8/H
3 Gil Hodges 42 1954 30 BRO NL 154 678 579 106 176 23 5 130 74 84 1 5 19 13 3 3 .304 .373 .579 .952 *3
4 Duke Snider 42 1953 26 BRO NL 153 680 590 132 198 38 4 126 82 90 3 5 10 16 7 .336 .419 .627 1.046 *8/H
5 Roy Campanella 41 1953 31 BRO NL 144 590 519 103 162 26 3 142 67 58 4 0 13 4 2 .312 .395 .611 1.006 *2H
6 Duke Snider 40 1957 30 BRO NL 139 592 508 91 139 25 7 92 77 12 104 1 3 3 17 3 4 .274 .368 .587 .955 *8/H
7 Duke Snider 40 1954 27 BRO NL 149 679 584 120 199 39 10 130 84 96 4 1 6 12 6 6 .341 .423 .647 1.071 *8/H
8 Gil Hodges 40 1951 27 BRO NL 158 681 582 118 156 25 3 103 93 99 5 1 13 9 7 .268 .374 .527 .901 *3
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40 HR eight times by three Brooklyn Dodgers.  Babe Ruth hit at least 41 HR eleven times; at least 46 nine times; at least 54 four times, twice playing his home games in the Polo Grounds.

1916 to 1957 Dodgers, BRO-Ebbets Field HR≥20:

Rk I Player Split Year G HR GS PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1 Gil Hodges NYC15 1954 77 25 77 326 285 53 86 10 3 58 1 1 31 47 .302 .366 .621 .988 177 5 1 4 5 0 3 .280 105 149
2 Duke Snider NYC15 1957 65 23 61 271 222 51 70 14 2 57 3 1 45 48 .315 .430 .707 1.137 157 5 1 1 2 3 2 .307 137 198
3 Duke Snider NYC15 1956 69 23 67 291 247 49 77 17 1 52 2 2 40 48 .312 .406 .668 1.074 165 9 0 3 1 9 0 .305 114 180
4 Duke Snider NYC15 1955 74 23 72 320 263 65 90 23 3 77 3 2 53 40 .342 .448 .715 1.163 188 4 0 1 3 10 4 .330 121 196
5 Duke Snider NYC15 1954 76 23 75 331 291 59 91 16 1 69 3 2 38 43 .313 .393 .612 1.004 178 5 1 0 1 8 3 .301 88 155
6 Duke Snider NYC15 1953 76 23 74 339 294 78 104 19 4 63 5 3 42 47 .354 .438 .680 1.118 200 7 2 1 0 8 6 .362 113 178
7 Roy Campanella NYC15 1953 70 22 64 284 250 54 86 12 2 75 2 1 31 23 .344 .423 .672 1.095 168 7 3 0 0 5 3 .312 117 172
8 Babe Herman NYC15 1930 77 22 77 347 309 82 120 23 5 66 9 0 31 31 .388 .446 .709 1.154 219 1 6 0 0 .383 103 194
9 Duke Snider NYC15 1951 74 21 74 328 292 53 90 15 3 55 7 4 34 51 .308 .380 .596 .976 174 11 0 2 0 1 5 .314 134 152
10 Roy Campanella NYC15 1955 63 21 59 264 213 46 66 4 0 61 2 1 36 26 .310 .412 .624 1.036 133 8 5 4 6 5 0 .262 111 164
11 Roy Campanella NYC15 1951 71 21 64 265 240 52 88 16 0 58 0 1 24 22 .367 .426 .696 1.122 167 12 1 0 0 4 5 .340 126 189
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Hodges hit his career high 42 HR in 1954 with 25 in Ebbets Field, the park record.  Babe Herman had his career high 35 HR in 1930 with 22 in Ebbets Field.  Snider famously hit at least 40 HR in five consecutive seasons: 1953-1957.  In all five seasons Snider hit 23 HR at home. In 1956 Snider also hit two "home" HR in Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, NJ. The Dodgers played a total of 15 "home" games there in 1956 and 1957.

Home runs hit in Roosevelt Stadium 1956-1957. Monday, April 21, 2014

But the number of Brooklyn Dodgers 40 HR seasons is 8 and the number of 20 HR seasons in Ebbets Field is only 11 by only four players.  That doesn't seem like very many.  I was playing with this because Willie Mays boosted from 51 HR in 1955 to 60 because of his performance in Ebbets Field.

50 homers home/road splits. How many would they hit without their home park?  Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Polo Grounds:
- Ruth dropped both 50 HR seasons there:
    1920 54 to 45
    1921 59 to 51
- Mays increased: 51 to 60
- Mize dropped: 51 to 43

Ruth and Mize batted lefty, Mays righty but the park was basically symmetrical.  Mays did hit NINE against the Dodgers in Ebbets Field and another three in the Polo Grounds.  In 101 1955 plate appearances against the Dodgers, Mays was not hit by pitch.
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1916 to 1957, BRO-Ebbets Flield HR≥8 and AB/HR < 10:

Rk I Player Split Year G HR GS PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1 Duke Snider NYC15 1957 65 23 61 271 222 51 70 14 2 57 3 1 45 48 .315 .430 .707 1.137 157 5 1 1 2 3 2 .307 137 198
2 Joe Adcock NYC15 1954 11 9 11 43 39 12 17 4 0 17 0 1 1 3 .436 .465 1.231 1.696 48 0 2 0 1 0 0 .286 264 316
3 Willie Mays NYC15 1955 11 9 11 51 46 12 20 0 0 21 1 1 5 4 .435 .490 1.022 1.512 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 178 278
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Ebbets Field, Brooklyn. N. Y
Acacia postcard via Wikimedia Commons

You never know what will pop up with this type of random looking around.  Snider being so efficient in 1957 was a surprise.  But Joe Adcock in 1954 having a better HR rate (39/9=4.3 wow) than Mays (46/9=5.1) was even more surprising.  Until I remembered ...  Saturday, July 31, 1954 in Ebbets Field before 12,263 fans Adcock homered off four Dodger pitchers:  Don Newcombe, Erv Palica, Pete Wojey, Johnny Podres.  Adcock also doubled off Palica.    Eddie Mathews hit two homers and former Dodger Andy Pafko one.   Clem Labine pitched one inning and was the only one of five Dodger pitchers to not allow a homer.  Braves won 15-7.  In the rest of his 1954 games in Ebbets Field Adcock was 34/5=6.8.  Giants won the pennant and World Series.  Mays was MVP in 1954.

Season Home Run record by team progressive.  Saturday, December 14, 2013

You'll note in that post that Snider's record stood long after the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.  In 2000 Gary Sheffield tied at 43.  In 2001 Shawn Green set the Dodger record with 49, which still stands; Green hit 20 HR in Dodger Stadium, 29 on the road.  No Dodger has ever hit 50 HR.

Through 1957, the Dodgers last season in Brooklyn, the Dodger season record had been exceeded 32 times by players on other teams.  Even in New York City, in 1955 Mays had tied the Giant record of 51 set by Johnny Mize in 1947 and Mickey Mantle became the second Yankee to reach 50 with 52 in 1956, his triple crown season, overshadowing Snider who led the National League for the only time with his team record 43.  Lou Gehrig had hit 49 twice: 1934, his triple crown season, and 1936; Gehrig also hit 47, 46, 41.  Joe DiMaggio hit 46 in 1937 despite the vast left field in the old Yankee Stadium.  Hank Aaron led the National League in 1957 with 44 followed by Ernie Banks with 43, then Snider with 40.

Since the advent of modern home run hitting in 1920 the only Brooklyn Dodger home run champions beside Snider were:
Dolph Camilli 1941 34, NL MVP
Jack Fournier 1924 27.

Ebbets Field dimension 1948-1957:
Left field pole - 348 ft
Left-center field - 351 ft
Deep left-center - 393 ft
Deep right-center bleacher corner - 376 ft
Deep right-center notch - 395 ft
Right-center, scoreboard edges - 344 ft and 318 ft
Right field pole - 297 ft

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