The Day Marshall McDougall Became An Immortal

Okay. here's one for you Dodger lovers who are trivia buffs. What Dodger farmhand has a tribute to him the game's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown? The answer is Marshall McDougall, the third baseman who signed this year as a free agent and who split the season between Jacksonville and Las Vegas.

It was May 9, 1999 when he reached immortality. He was playing for Florida State against Atlantic Coast Conference rival Maryland that day when, come to think of it, he didn't just reach it, he beat it to death.

He began it all in routine fashion with a single. The next time up, he jacked one out of the park. His third time up, he did it again. When he went up for the fourth time, his teammates were on him, saying "We bet you can't do it again" He did. And he did it the fifth time. And the sixth. And the seventh. And the eighth.

Seven home runs in a row, all in one day. The reason he got so many at-bats was because the Seminoles were busy bludgeoning the Terps 26-2. His home runs were an NCAA record, of course. Maybe nobody else has hit seven in a game anyplace except a kid tossing ball up in the air and counting 'em in his backyard.

Anyway, the Hall of Fame came calling and so the box score of that almost unbelievable performance is on display there.

"Of it all," McDougall says, "I think if I had been there watching someone else I'd appreciate it more but when you're doing it yourself you don't really get that caught up in it. The only negative is that it will always overshadow anything else I do in my life."

He went on to become the ACC triple crown winner so you just know that anybody who can hit like that just had to be a sought-after player when draft day came around. But that was in 2000 and by then scouts had determined his bat was a trifle slow so it wasn't until the eighth round that he was chosen by the A's.

He went on to make the big leagues, though, but just for 18 games with the Rangers who grabbed him as a Rule 5 choice in 2005. Along the way he had a severe wrist injury which required an operation and when he reinjured it in 2006, he managed to play in only four AAA games all year before going off to free agency and eventually the Dodgers.

He wanted to prove that he's sound again this season and that he did, hitting .264 with 11 homers for Jacksonville before moving up to Vegas where he even better - .304, matching those 11 home runs.

However, he'll be 29 in December, old enough to have moved from the "prospect" group to those labeled "suspect." Still young enough to dream, though, so he's currently playing in the Mexican Pacific League showcasing his skills in case the Dodgers don't have any future plans for him.

Someday, he'll tell his grandchildren about that glorious day. And you can pull that question on your friends.