Billingsley First Pitcher to Homer Since 2009

Chad Billingsley collected his second career home run, smacking a drive out of the park at Dodger Stadium on June 15th in a 9-6 win over the Rockies. He added a double and three runs batted in to boost his record to 5-4. He is only the 16th pitcher in Los Angeles history to hit more than a single career home run.

Billingsley, who has won the "Old Slugger Award" as the top hitting pitcher on the club for the past two seasons, homered in the second inning to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. He walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run in the third, bounced out in the fourth and doubled in his third run of the game in the fifth, smacking a shot into the right-center field gap to score James Loney.

The two hits boosted his average of .304 on the season and moved his on-base plus slugging average to a gaudy .950. Billingsley belted his first home run in Petco Park in San Diego on July 5th, 2009.

He became the first Dodgers pitcher to homer since Randy Wolf hit one against the Diamondbacks in 2009. Before them, Hideo Nomo and Kaz Ishii drove a ball out of the park in 2004.

The rest of the list includes Darren Dreifort (6), Claude Osteen (5), Hideo Nomo, Rick Rhoden four each, Burt Hooton and Larry Sherry (3) and Kevin Brown, Kevin Gross Sandy Koufax, Chan Ho Park, Johnny Podres, Bobby Welch have a pair of home runs.

Don Drysdale set the gold standard for the Los Angeles staff when he 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, is in third place with eight.

The two "Old Sluggers" also share the club record for home runs in a single season, seven. Newcombe reached the mark in 1955, while Drysdale slugged seven in 1958 and 1965.

The Records:
 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  
 3 - Larry Sherry	 4 - Curt Davis
  	                 4 - Jim Elliott
	                 4 - Hideo Nomo  
	                 4 - Rick Rhoden
	                 4 - Dutch Ruether
	                 4 - Ben Wade 
	                 4 - Whitlow Wyatt
Los Angeles
Two each - Chad Billingsley, Kevin Brown, Kevin Gross, Sandy Koufax, ChanHo Park, Johnny Podres, Bobby Welch.

One each - Andy Ashby, Tim Belcher, 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, Randy Wolf.

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 homers
Darren Dreifort was the last entry on the single-season list when he hit his third homer of the year in 2000. Don Newcombe (1955) and Don Drysdale (1958 & 1965) lead the chart with seven, "Big D" accomplishing the feat twice. Drysdale also hit five in 1961 and four in 1959.

The complete list:
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.

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