Adam Dunn's walkoff blast on Saturday was #247 of his career and moves him into a tie for 191st place on the all-time career home run list. He is tied with Matt Stairs and Vern Stephens.
Next up on the list at 188th place with 248 career homers are Goose Goslin, Ted Simmons and Derrek Lee.
Dunn's blast today was the 6th walk-off home run of his young career. Compare that to Ken Griffey Jr's total of 7 game ending hits (of any type). Dunn has certainly had more than his share of critical clutch homers.
Todays #247 almost went out of the stadium and into the river. A fan in the very top row of the sun deck snagged the ball on the fly and kept it in Ohio.
This is a photo of Dunn hitting the clutch shot:
And here are his teammates beating the crap out of him in celebration of his heroics:
- Played Until Age
: 34 Career HR
: 247 Career AB
: 6497 AB/HR
Stephens played 15 seasons with the Browns, Red Sox, White Sox and Orioles in the 40's and 50's. He made the All Star team 8 times. See two posts up in this thread for lots more interesting information on Stephens as posted by RedsBaron.
- Current Age
: 40 Career HR
: 247 Career AB
: 4717 AB/HR
Stairs is an active player currently with the Blue Jays. He has also played as an outfielder and DH for many teams -- Expos, Red Sox, Athletics, Cubs, Brewers, Pirates, Royals, Rangers, Tigers and now the Blue Jays. He is a rare player originally from Canada (like our Joey Votto) and played on the Canadian Olympic team in 1988. He has never made the All Star team. Stairs spent his prime years with the Athletics when they were loaded with players like Rickey Henderson, Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Miguel Tejada, Jason Giambi and Eric Chavez so he never really got the playing time he would have received with any other team. The most ABs he ever had in a season was 531, so his fans are left to wonder what might have been if he had ever been an everyday player.
- Current Age
: 28 Career HR
: 246 Career AB
: 3479 AB/HR
Dunn has now hit a home run in the last three games and has nine for the season. He has really started to heat up and has been carrying the team in the current winning streak against 1st-place teams. Dunn's 9 homers and 25 RBI both lead the team and he is now on a pace to hit 34 HRs and 94 RBIs this season. Maybe Marty will get off his back now. Yeah, right.
In his career Adam Dunn has hit a home run every 14.08 at-bats, which is the 5th best ratio in major league history behind Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds and Jim Thome. Dunn passed Ralph Kiner today with the walk-off blast.
Players that Adam Dunn has passed on the career home run list this season:
246 Ken Singleton
245 Mickey Tettleton, Deron Johnson
244 Hack Wilson, Lou Whitaker, Tony Clark
242 Dusty Baker, Roy Campanella, Wally Berger, Sal Bando
241 Jesse Barfield, Cecil Cooper, Rick Monday
240 Roberto Clemente, Jeff Burroughs
239 Ken Caminiti, Dolph Camilli
238 Ray Lankford, Earl Averill