Ebbets Field, a cozy 350-399-298 feet in left, center and right, had a 405-foot left field fence at one time, allowing a long line drive to rattle around for quite some time.
The Dodgers played in the Coliseum from 1958-61 and while the left field wall was a cozy 250 feet (with a 50-foot screen), right and center was at deep as 440 feet. All four seasons in that lop-sided football stadium are ranked in the top 10 on the Los Angeles charts.
The team record for triples in a season was set by the 1970 Dodgers who had 67. The 1966 club hit 67 and the 1962 team had 65. The 2006 team is ranked sixth with 30 games left on the schedule.
The Brooklyn record, not surprisingly, is much higher, was set by the 1894 team that whaled 130. They had 105 in 1892. No other Dodger team has broken the triple-figure mark.
Five of the top 10 were in the pre-1900 time, with the 1920 team holding the "modern" record of 99.
The "Boys of Summer" you ask? They hit a ton of home runs but their best season in the three-base department was in 1953 when they banged out 59 in little Ebbets Field. The low mark for that same talented group was 32 in 1952.
The top 10 teams:
Los Angeles All-time 67 - 1970 130 - 1894 65 - 1962 105 - 1982 52 - 1969 99 - 1920 50 - 1958 97 - 1899 46 - 1959 93 - 1901 42 - 2006* 90 - 1914 40 - 1961 87 - 1896 39 - 1964 86 - 1913 29 - 1972 85 - 1921 38 - 1960 83 - 1893 38 - 1967 38 - 1971The current team is led by that old swiftie, outfielder Kenny Lofton who has 9, outfielder Andre Ethier and shortstop Rafael Furcal with seven each. Outfielder J.D. Drew and, surprisingly enough, first baseman James Loney, have four each. Loney has seen limited action at the major league level but has been proficient to say the least. Another rookie, catcher Russell Martin, has hit three.
And if you consider three for a catcher a good total, you are right, although Johnny Roseboro, who played in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles, hit nine one season and still is in fourth place on the Los Angeles list with 44.
Three players on the roster at one time with seven or more triples is unusual and hasn't happened since 1970 when Willie Davis (16) Bill Russell (8) and Billy Grabarkewitz (8) were in form. The Dodger record is five, set in 1962 when Davis (10), Maury Wills (10), Tommy Davis (9, Ron Fairly (7) and Roseboro (7) turned the trick.
The Brooklyn record is eight different players, set in 1925. 1914, 1899 and 1894, mostly during the dead ball era.
Individually, Willie Davis holds the Dodgers record with 16 hit in 1970. The Brooklyn record is George Tredway with 26 in 1994.
To further demonstrate how the art of tripling has declined, the Dodgers career leader coming into the season was Jayson Werth, who had five. Jason Repko had three.
Lofton's nine now leads the current list, with Ethier and Furcal second at seven. The Dodgers top 10 in career three-baggers:
Individual Career Triples Los Angeles All-time 110 - Willie Davis 171 - Zach Wheat 57 - Bill Russell 110 - Willie Davis 56 - Maury Wills 97 - Hi Myers 44 - John Roseboro 87 - Jake Daubert 41 - Brett Butler 82 - Duke Snider 39 - Davey Lopes 82 - John Hummel 37 - Raul Mondesi 80 - Pee Wee Reese 35 - Steve Garvey 78 - Jimmy Sheckard 32 - Wes Parker 76 - Tom Daly 29 - Wes Parker 73 - Jimmy Johnston