Today in Sports History: September 21

In 1997, Los Angeles Dodgers great Mike Piazza became the second player ever to hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium. The pitch, thrown by Frank Castillo of the Colorado Rockies, was smashed 478ft over left field, making the homer the third farthest hit officially recorded at Dodger Stadium. To date, only four players have achieved this rare feat, the last being Giancarlo Stanton in 2015. Like every other player who has achieved this feat, Piazza is remembered by his power and accuracy. In his best season (1997), Piazza batted .362, hit 40 home runs , and had 124 RBI, leading to a runner up finish in voting for the NL MVP. In 16 seasons, Piazza recorded 427 home runs.

In addition to being a great hitter, Piazza is a 10x Silver Slugger Award winner and recognized as one of the best offensive catchers in MLB history. Playing for the Mets in 2000, Piazza had at least one RBI in 15 straight games making it the second longest RBI streak ever. In 2016, Piazza who was the 1,390 pick in the 1988 MLB Draft, became the lowest drafted player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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