Locks were much bigger in 1962 (Photo: LA Dodgers)
Fifty years to the day after Dodger Stadium hosted its first ever game, the Dodgers try to create a new set of memories with ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound to face the Pirates. In its 50 years, Dodger Stadium has hosted...
- 2,272 regular season wins, and 1.714 losses, a .570 winning percentage
- Eight World Series
- Nine League Championship Series
- Seven Division Series
- Ten no-hitters
- Two perfect games
- One consecutive scoreless inning streak record, and parts of another
- One game in which we learned 4+1 equals much more than five.
- One memorable squeeze
- The Beatles
- The Pope
- The Infield
- The Olympics
- Game Over
- A memorable season by a pitcher turned doctor that saw him pitch 55 games and 101 innings in relief...at home.
- Darryl Strawberry crushing a home run as a high schooler, then crushing our hopes more than a decade later
- Lieutenant Frank Drebin saving the Queen
- One historic final weekend of the season, with the highest of highest and the lowest of lows
- One high fly ball into right field that prompted a few brake lights
- Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale leading a sweep of the mighty Yankees
- One unexpected sweep at the hands of the young but powerful Orioles
- The Three Dog
- One 104-steal MVP season
- A 12-year old future blogger going crazy when Franklin Stubbs capped a seven-run rally in the eighth inning to defeat St. Louis.
- One decision to pitch to Jack Clark
- One 22-year old striking out 18 Braves
- One Bobbleslam
- Two managers for the first 34.5 years of the stadium
- Lima Time
- One lead announcer, the greatest who ever lived
...and countless other memories.
Kershaw, who allowed eight runs in his last 10 starts at Dodger Stadium (9-0, 1.69 ERA) with 76 strikeouts in 78 innings, begins year number 51 later this afternoon.