This Day In Dodgers History: Duke Snider Leads Brooklyn In Home Run Record; Mike Piazza Drafted

On June 1, 1955, the Brooklyn Dodgers set a franchise record when they hit six home runs in an 11-8 win over the Milwaukee Braves at Ebbets Field.

After falling behind in the top of the first, the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead behind back-to-back home runs from Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider. It was the first of three blasts for Snider, who hit all of them off a different pitcher and drove in a game-high six runs.

The Braves reclaimed a 3-2 lead in the second inning, and that score would hold until the bottom of the fourth. That’s when Jackie Robinson and Snider both went deep as part of a six-run inning that give the Dodgers an 8-3 advantage.

Snider hit his third home run of the game in the sixth, and Roy Campanella added Brooklyn’s sixth and final home run two innings later that punctuated the victory.

The Dodgers’ current franchise record for most home runs in a game is eight, which was accomplished three times: May 3, 2002, against the Milwaukee Brewers; March 28, 2019, against the Diamondbacks; and July 10, 2021, once again when playing Arizona.

Dodgers draft Mike Piazza

Also on this day in Dodgers history, the Mike Piazza was selected in the 62nd round of the 1988 MLB Draft.

The Hall of Fame catcher went on to play in parts of seven seasons with the Dodgers, hitting .331/.394/.572 with 115 doubles, 177 home runs and 563 RBI in 726 games.

Piazza was the unanimous National League Rookie of the Year winner in 1993, and earned six All-Star Game selections and six Silver Slugger Awards during his time with the Dodgers.

The Dodgers traded Piazza to the Florida Marlins during the 1997 season after the sides were unable to come to terms on a contract extension. Piazza appeared in five games with the Marlins before he was then traded to the New York Mets, where he would play the next eight years.

Piazza also played one season with the San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics to end his career.

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