Dodger Outfield Invoking Memories of Franklin Stubbs & Ralph Bryant

Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, seen here, and Manny Ramirez, had reason to celebrate yesterday.

The lasting memory of yesterday's home opener was almost certainly the four home runs, the first time they have ever hit that many in a Los Angeles home opener.  Casey Blake hit one, and the other three were hit by the outfield trio of Manny Ramirez, Matt Kemp, and Andre Ethier.  It was the 15th time since moving to Los Angeles that the Dodgers had all three starting outfielders hit a home run:

Date Opp LF CF RF
Tuesday Ari Manny Ramirez    
Matt Kemp Andre Ethier
July 10, 2009 Mil Manny Kemp Ethier
August 17, 2008 Mil Manny Kemp Ethier
June 27, 2002 Col Brian Jordan Marquis Grissom  
Shawn Green
May 21, 2002 Mil Jordan Dave Roberts Green
October 5, 2001 SF Gary Sheffield Grissom Green
August 19, 2001 NYM Sheffield Grissom Green
June 4, 2001 Ari Sheffield Tom Goodwin Green
July 18, 1998 StL Matt Luke Raul Mondesi Sheffield
June 8, 1990 SD Kal Daniels Kirk Gibson Hubie Brooks
September 22, 1986 Hou Pedro Guerrero Franklin Stubbs Ralph Bryant
September 9, 1964 SF Tommy Davis Willie Davis Frank Howard   
July 5, 1962 SF T.Davis W.Davis Howard
July 20, 1961 Cin Wally Moon W.Davis Duke Snider
August 24, 1960 Mil Moon T.Davis Howard

The game that jumped out at me, aside from the ones with home runs by Tom Goodwin and Dave Roberts, was the 1986 game in Houston.  Not only did Franklin Stubbs start in center field, but Ralph Bryant hit third.  The 25-year old Bryant started 20 games in September that season, and had 12 extra-base hits, including six home runs in just 82 plate appearances on the season.  The opposing pitcher that day was current Dodger Double A pitching coach Danny Darwin.

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