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He's homered everywhere and more so
2007-05-17 18:39
by Bob Timmermann

Sammy Sosa of Texas homered off Cleveland's Paul Byrd in the sixth inning at Jacobs Field. It was the 44th different stadium, Sosa has homered in, a major league record. Ken Griffey and Fred McGriff had hit homers in 43 different parks.

And on Wednesday, he homered at the Disney Wide World of Sports Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Florida to add a 45th park. (The AP uses Kissimmee as the location, but the Devil Rays say otherwise.)


The stadium roll call for Sosa via Retrosheet:

  1. Comiskey Park
  2. Fenway Park
  3. Tiger Stadium
  4. Wrigley Field
  5. Yankee Stadium
  6. County Stadium
  7. Memorial Stadium
  8. Candlestick Park
  9. Dodger Stadium
  10. Shea Stadium
  11. The Astrodome
  12. Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium
  13. Angel Stadium of Anaheim
  14. Busch Stadium (1966 version)
  15. Network Associates Coliseum
  16. Qualcomm Stadium (aka Jack Murphy)
  17. Cinergy Field (aka Riverfront)
  18. Three Rivers Stadium
  19. Veterans Stadium
  20. Arlington Stadium
  21. Kauffman Stadium
  22. The Kingdome
  23. Stade Olympique
  24. Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
  25. Rogers Centre (aka SkyDome)
  26. U.S. Cellular Field
  27. Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  28. Dolphins Stadium
  29. Mile High Stadium
  30. Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
  31. Coors Field
  32. Turner Field
  33. Chase Field
  34. Tropicana Field
  35. Safeco Field
  36. Minute Maid Park
  37. AT&T Park
  38. Comerica Park
  39. Miller Park
  40. PNC Park
  41. Great American Ballpark
  42. PetCo Park
  43. Citizens Bank Park
  44. Jacobs Field
  45. Disney Wide World of Sports Stadium

The new Rangers park and Jacobs Field pushed Sosa over the top. Sosa played at Cleveland Municipal, the Tokyo Dome, and Estadio Hiram Bithorn in San Juan without hitting a homer there. He has not played at RFK or the new Busch Stadium.

2007-04-26 13:19:16
1.   Ali Nagib
Do you happen to know what active parks Griffey has yet to homer in? Does he still have a chance to catch Sammy, especially if he went to DH in the AL for a year or two? (obviously he could pass him by playing long enough to hit in some of the new stadiums being built that Sammy won't be around for, but that's another matter)
2007-04-26 13:27:47
2.   Bob Timmermann
I think Griffey has all the current parks, but he missed out on some of the older NL parks.
2007-04-26 14:11:37
3.   kngoworld
1 How many more years does Griffey have that Sosa doesn't?
2007-04-26 14:28:20
4.   Ali Nagib
3 - Until I looked it up, I didn't realize that Sammy is only a year older than Griffey. Probably because Griffey came up very young, and was good much younger, and his problems the last few seasons have been almost entirely injury; when he's been on the field, he's mostly been a useful to good player. I guess I just don't see Sosa playing more than a year or two, but I could see Griffey moving to the AL and DHing or platooning into his early 40's. But I could be completely wrong, and Sammy might make a push for 660 while Griffey retires and heads out to pasture.
2007-04-26 16:07:54
5.   Bluebleeder87
Bob do you agree with me that Griffey Jr. is a shoe in for 600+ dingers?
2007-04-26 16:24:54
6.   Johnson
Interesting to note that before today, Sosa had never gone deep against the Indians - the only team he had played that he'd never hit one out against. Sosa has never played against the Cubs, but the Rangers have a series with them this year (June 19-21).
2007-04-26 16:25:33
7.   Bob Timmermann
Highly likely, but not a shoo-in

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