April 8: A Memorable Day in Dodgers History
April 8 has been a significant date in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers. On this day, several notable events occurred, including the debut of Chan Ho Park, Adrian Gonzalez’s home run record, and the historic moment when Hank Aaron passed Babe Ruth as the all-time home run leader. Let’s take a closer look at each of these events:
Chan Ho Park: First Korean MLB Player
In 1994, Chan Ho Park made history by becoming the first Korean to play in the Major Leagues. He made his debut at Dodger Stadium, pitching an inning of work in a game against the Atlanta Braves. Although he only appeared in two games for the Dodgers that season, he went on to have a 17-year Major League career and played nine seasons across two stints with the Dodgers. His best MLB season came in 2001, where he went 15-11 with a 3.50 ERA, 3.89 FIP, and a 1.17 WHIP.
Adrian Gonzalez: Sets Home Run Record
In 2015, Adrian Gonzalez became the first Major League player to hit five home runs in the first three games of the season. He achieved this feat in a series against his former team, the San Diego Padres, at Dodger Stadium. After homering once in each of the first two games of the season, Gonzalez exploded for three home runs in the third contest, a 7-4 win on April 8. He finished the 2015 season by hitting .275/.350/.480 with 28 home runs and 90 RBI in 156 games, earning him an All-Star selection.
Hank Aaron: 715 Home Runs
On April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron made history by passing Babe Ruth as the all-time home run leader in MLB history. His 715th career home run came against Dodgers pitcher Al Downing and is etched in the memories of baseball fans all over the world. This is one of many moments legendary broadcaster Vin Scully is recognized for.
These three events show that April 8 has a special place in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers. From Chan Ho Park’s historic debut to Adrian Gonzalez’s record-setting performance and Hank Aaron’s unforgettable homer, this date has been marked by moments of greatness and achievement that will never be forgotten.