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Since baseball fans love stats, here’s one for you, but it won’t appear in the box score: Dodger Stadium turns 50 this year, making it the third-oldest stadium in the major leagues, after Fenway Park and Wrigley Field. To honor their home at its half-century mark, the Dodgers will stage an Opening Day celebration April 10 with special appearances by Dodger greats. And throughout the 2012 season, the team will wear 50th-anniversary patches commemorating a venue that has been the site of unforgettable baseball moments such as these:

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April 10, 1962: Dodger great Johnny Podres throws the first pitch in the stadium. During the game, a 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, Duke Snider becomes the first Dodger to get a hit in the team’s new home.

 
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Oct. 6, 1963: With a 2-1 win over fellow Hall of Famer Whitey Ford, Sandy Koufax completes a four-game World Series sweep of the New York Yankees. It’s the only time in team history that the Dodgers have won the deciding game of the World Series at home.

 
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Aug. 6, 1969: Pittsburgh Pirate Willie Stargell launches a 507-foot hit off Don Sutton. The ball, which clears the right-field bleachers (i.e., out of the stadium), remains the longest home run ever at Dodger Stadium.

 
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Oct. 15, 1988: Kirk Gibson’s full-count, two-out, one-on, bottom-of-the-ninth home run against Oakland A’s closer Dennis Eckersley gives the Dodgers a dramatic victory in Game 1 of the World Series — a series Los Angeles would go on to win.