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The Mariners and the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers

By Gary Hill

Kyle Seager whacked a two-run homer in the 4th inning last night to extend the Seattle Mariners consecutive game home run streak to 23 games. The Mariners have pulled into a tie for the sixth longest streak in baseball.

2002 Texas Rangers- 27
1998 Atlanta Braves- 25
1994 Detroit Tigers- 25
1941 New York Yankees- 25
1953 Brooklyn Dodgers- 24
2013 Seattle Mariners- 23
2006 Atlanta Braves- 23
2000 Toronto Blue Jays- 23
1996 Oakland A’s- 23
2000 Arizona Diamondbacks- 22
1956- Milwaukee Braves- 22

The Mariners have a chance to do something very special tonight. If the M’s launch one more home run tonight they will tie the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers. From June 18th to July 10th 1953 the Dodgers homered a total of 39 times in 24 straight games.

Here is the list of Dodgers who homered in the streak with the number of times they went deep. Hall of Famers are bold.

Gil Hodges, 8
Wayne Belardi, 6
Carl Furillo, 5
Roy Campanella, 4
Pee Wee Reese, 4
Duke Snider, 3
Billy Cox, 3
Jim Gilliam, 2
Jackie Robinson, 1
George Shuba, 1
Rube Walker, 1
Preacher Roe, 1

The Dodgers posted a 105-49 record in 1953 and coasted to a National League title. They fell in the World Series in six games to Mickey Mantle and the New York Yankees.

The Mariners are one homer away today from pulling even with that historic club and here is how the M’s homers have broken down:

Raul Ibanez, 10
Kyle Seager, 8
Kendrys Morales, 6
Justin Smoak, 5
Nick Franklin, 3
Jason Bay, 3
Michael Saunders, 2
Brad Miller, 2
Franklin Gutierrez, 1
Brendan Ryan, 1