It was the first home run by a Dodgers pitcher since Jason Schmidt and Hong-Chih Kuo smacked home runs during the 2007 season.
Schmidt hit his in the third inning of the fifth game of the season, April 9, against Colorado. Kuo's came on June 12 in the second inning against the Mets.
It was Kuo's only hit of the season and he was so surprised he flipped his bat just like the big sluggers do, angering the Mets who felt he was showing them up. He later apologized for his actions, saying it was the first home run he had hit since little league play.
Don Drysdale slugged 29 home runs in his Brooklyn/Los Angeles career, 26 of them coming after the club moved to California. Don Newcombe hit 11, all with Brooklyn, and Fernando Valenzuela, now a Dodgers broadcaster, hit eight.
Career home runs Los Angeles All-Time 26 - Don Drysdale 29 - Don Drysdale 8 - F. Valenzuela 11 - Don Newcombe 6 - Darren Dreifort 8 - F. Valenzuela 5 - Claude Osteen 6 - Dazzy Vance 5 - Stan Williams 5 - Leon Cadore 4 - Hideo Nomo 5 - Darren Dreifort 4 - Rick Rhoden 5 - Claude Osteen 3 - Burt Hooton 5 - Stan Williams 4 - Hideo Nomo 4 - Curt Davis 3 - Larry Sherry 4 - Jim Elliott 4 - Hideo Nomo 4 - Rick Rhoden 4 - Dutch Ruether 4 - Ben Wade 4 - Whitlow Wyatt Single Season, Los Angeles Two each - Kevin Brown, Kevin Gross Sandy Koufax, Chan Ho Park, Johnny Podres, Bobby Welch. One each - Andy Ashby, Tim Belcher, Chad Billingsley, Omar Daal, Eric Gagné, Jim Grant, Charlie Hough, Tommy John, Ramon Martinez, Andy Messersmith, Guillermo Mota, Bob Ojeda, Alejandro Peña, Carlos Perez, Odalis Perez, Jerry Reuss, Rick Sutcliffe, Ismael Valdes, John Wetteland. Single Season, Brooklyn Three each - Bill Donovan, Clem Labine. Two each - Frank Allen, Ralph Branca, Leo Dickerman, Clise Dudley, Burleigh Grimes, Ad Gumbert, William Hart, Jim Hughes, Frank Kitson, Ed Roebuck, Sherry Smith, Ed Stein, Adonis Terry, Hollis Thurston. One each - Dan Bankhead, Max Butcher, Bob Caruthers, Watty Clark, Bill Doak, Rube Earhardt, Carl Erskine, Fred Fitzsimmons, Hal Gregg, George Haddock, Luke Hamlin, Fred Heimach, Kirby Higbe, Harry Howell, Bill Kennedy, Tom Lovett, Al Mamaux, Harry McIntire, Erv Palica, Ray Phelps, Preacher Roe, Nap Rucker, Henry Schmidt, Johnny Schmitz, George Sharrott and Les Webber. Single Season Homer RecordDarren Dreifort was the last entry on the single-season list when he hit his third homer in 2000. Don Newcombe (1955) and Don Drysdale (1958 & 1965) lead the chart with seven. Drysdale also hit five in 1961 and four in 1959. The complete list:
Single Season records: 7 - Don Newcombe, 1955 7 - Don Drysdale, 1958 7 - Don Drysdale, 1965 5 - Don Drysdale, 1961 4 - Don Drysdale, 1959 3 - Dazzy Vance,1925; Jim Elliott, 1928; Whit Wyatt, 1941; Ben Wade, 1952; Clem Labine, 1955; Rick Rhoden,1977; Fernando Valenzuela, 1984; Darren Dreifort, 2000.