David Ortiz hit 558 regular-season and postseason home runs.

Explore each of David Ortiz’s 558 career home runs

Red Sox legend David Ortiz is headed to the Hall of Fame. Explore all of the 558 career home runs that helped get him there.

When you think of David Ortiz, it’s probably about a ball sailing over the fence. After all, he did it 558 times.

Big Papi hit 541 regular-season home runs, 17th in major league history. He added 17 more in the postseason, including some of the most memorable blasts that ever sailed into an October night.

Only four players — Ortiz, Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle, and Babe Ruth — share the distinction of hitting at least 500 homers, winning at least three World Series championships, and being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“His power was legit,” Jackson said last fall during the World Series. “When David hit one, you knew it was going to go.”

That immense power is one of the reasons Ortiz will be inducted into Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He’ll also be one of the few Hall of Famers who played primarily as a designated hitter. Ortiz made 87.8 percent of his plate appearances as a DH, the most among Hall of Famers.

Edgar Martinez (71.6 percent), Frank Thomas (56.5 percent), Jim Thome (46.6 percent), and Paul Molitor (43.9 percent) also spent considerable time as DHs. Molitor, Thomas, and Thome also went in on the first ballot.

Ortiz also is just the fourth player born in the Dominican Republic to be elected. He joins Juan Marichal (1983), fellow Red Sox legend (and close friend) Pedro Martinez (2015), and Vladimir Guerrero (2018).

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Ortiz hit home runs against all 30 major league teams (including four against the Red Sox while he was with the Twins). He hit home runs in 29 stadiums, including a few that no longer exist. He hit 13 walkoff homers, two of them during the playoffs. And 11 of those 558 homers were grand slams.

Ortiz hit 483 homers for the Red Sox, second among all Boston hitters to Ted Williams.

Maybe you saw one in person. Maybe you saw a few. But it was hard to be a Red Sox fan — or even a baseball fan — for the past two decades and not have a memory of a Big Papi home run.

Below, you can browse every one of Ortiz’s 558 dingers, from No. 1 to his final regular-season shot, which was, fittingly, a game-winner. Scroll through to see the highlights, then explore our interactive graphic mapping every single home run.

The details tell the story of a journey that took Ortiz all the way to Cooperstown.

Every home run David Ortiz hit

We chose 12 home runs that tell the story of Ortiz’s career. Begin scrolling to read more about them. Then, explore all 558 of Ortiz’s regular and postseason homers.

  • Solo
  • Two-run
  • Three-run
  • Grand slam

Opponent

Year

Season Type

Postseason series

Stadium

Result

Walkoff

Sept. 14, 1997

No. 1

In an otherwise meaningless game, a 21-year-old Twins rookie known as Davey Ortiz hit his first career homer. The two-run shot to right field at The Ballpark in Arlington came off Julio Santana. It was the third game Ortiz started after being called up from Triple A. Nobody could have guessed what would follow.

Aug. 16, 2002

No. 53

Facing the Red Sox at the Metrodome, Ortiz connected off Pedro Martinez in the seventh inning. They became teammates five months later when Ortiz signed with the Red Sox. Ortiz was 3 of 17 against Martinez in his career, with the one homer.

April 27, 2003

No. 59

Ortiz’s first home run for the Red Sox came in Anaheim, a pinch-hit solo shot to left field off Mickey Callaway in the 14th inning. Jason Varitek hit the next pitch out to right field and the Sox went on to a 6-4 win. It took 48 at-bats before Ortiz connected that season.

July 5, 2003

No. 66

When Ortiz hit just four homers in his first three months with the Red Sox, teammates jokingly started calling him “Juan Pierre” — the slap-hitting Marlins leadoff hitter — for his lack of power. That stopped with back-to-back multi-homer games in Yankee Stadium over the holiday weekend, including a blast off Roger Clemens that established Ortiz as a villain in New York.

David Ortiz celebrates with teammates as he crosses home plate after his 12-inning walkoff home run against the Yankees in teh 2004 ALCS.

Stan Grossfield/Globe Staff

Oct. 17, 2004

ALCS Game 4

The late-night walkoff homer off Yankees reliever Paul Quantrill gave the Red Sox life and elevated Ortiz to new prominence, helping to earn him the moniker “Señor Octubre” from President George W. Bush. In 2016, Ortiz called it “the one at-bat I never forget about.”

David Ortiz flips away his bat in triumph after hitting a walkoff home run against the Angels on Sept. 6, 2005. Angels catcher Jose Molina and home plate umpire Eric Cooper watch the flight.

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Sept. 6, 2005

No. 168

If ever an Ortiz homer deserved the soundtrack of “The Natural,” his walkoff against Scot Shields — estimated by Red Sox analyst Greg Rybarczyk at 457 feet — was it. Red Sox principal owner John Henry presented Ortiz with a plaque after the game anointing him “The Greatest Clutch Hitter in the History of the Boston Red Sox.”

Sept. 21, 2006

No. 228

The first-inning homer off Twins ace Johan Santana into the right-field bleachers marked the 51st homer of the season for Ortiz, setting a Red Sox record. Ortiz added another homer in the game against his former team en route to 54 on the year.

David Ortiz, right, watches his home run leave the park as Texas Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, second from right, looks on.

Mary Schwalm/AP Photo

June 6, 2009

No. 291

A Pesky Pole job off Rangers righthander Kris Benson takes the prize, according to Rybarczyk, as the shortest of Ortiz’s career, projecting at just 312 feet.

Torii Hunter falls into the bullpen trying to catch a home run by David Ortiz. A security guard next to him celebrates with arms raised.

Stan Grossf/Globe Staff

Oct. 13, 2013

ALCS Game 2

Everybody remembers this one. The Sox were trailing, 5-1, in the eighth inning, four outs away from going down, two games to none. With the bases loaded and two outs, Ortiz crushed the first pitch he saw from Joaquin Benoit for his only postseason grand slam. The ball landed in the Red Sox bullpen as police officer Steve Horgan raised his arms and outfielder Torii Hunter tumbled over the wall chasing it. Fenway Park shook with joy. The Sox went on to win the game, the pennant, and the World Series.

April 22, 2014

No. 435

Ortiz connected off Yankees righthander Masahiro Tanaka for a massive 482-foot homer above the tunnel leading to Section 37 of the bleachers — the longest Ortiz homer in Rybarcyzk’s database, which includes Fenway homers in 2005 and all homers from 2006 through 2016. (Statcast has the others.) A caveat: In an exhibition series in Japan in 2004, Ortiz crushed a ball that careened off the back wall of the Tokyo Dome. A press release at the time estimated the launch at 514 feet.

David Ortiz celebrates after hitting his 500th career MLB home run.

Brian Blanco/Getty Images

Sept. 12, 2015

Nos. 499, 500

It was a milestone night at Tropicana Field as Ortiz belted two bombs to right field off Matt Moore to reach 500. There was a three-run blast in the first inning and a solo shot in the fifth. “That’s not something you see every day,” said Ortiz, who wore a black cap with a Superman logo to his postgame press conference.

David Ortiz watches his two-run home run off Brett Cecil.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Sept. 30, 2016

No. 541

The last home run of Ortiz’s career was, fittingly, a game-winner. His two-run blast in the seventh inning off Brett Cecil gave the Sox a 5-3 victory. Ortiz managed to pull a sinker down the line in right, deep into the seats beyond the Pesky Pole. “He turned this place upside-down,” manager John Farrell said.

Explore for yourself

Continue scrolling to filter Ortiz’s home runs by year, opponent, wins and losses, walkoffs, and more.

Let’s dive into Ortiz’s year-by-year numbers.

Big Papi joined the Red Sox in 2003, with 58 home runs already under his belt as a Twin. He hit 31 home runs that season. He hit even more — 38 — in his final season in the big leagues, 2016.

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Ortiz’s 54 home runs in 2006 stand as the Red Sox record. He also holds the No. 3 spot on the list with 47 in 2005.

You can explore his year-by-year output below. Take a look at where those home runs landed, and how he climbed the charts to 558.

  • Solo
  • Two-run
  • Three-run
  • Grand slam
1997 home run graphic
1997 - Minnesota Twins

Total

1

By type

1998 home run graphic
1998 - Minnesota Twins

Total

9

By type

2000 home run graphic
2000 - Minnesota Twins

Total

10

By type

2001 home run graphic
2001 - Minnesota Twins

Total

18

By type

2002 home run graphic
2002 - Minnesota Twins

Total

20

By type

2003 home run graphic
2003 - Boston Red Sox

Total

33

By type

2004 home run graphic
2004 - Boston Red Sox

Total

46

By type

2005 home run graphic
2005 - Boston Red Sox

Total

48

By type

2006 home run graphic
2006 - Boston Red Sox

Total

54

By type

2007 home run graphic
2007 - Boston Red Sox

Total

38

By type

2008 home run graphic
2008 - Boston Red Sox

Total

24

By type

2009 home run graphic
2009 - Boston Red Sox

Total

28

By type

2010 home run graphic
2010 - Boston Red Sox

Total

32

By type

2011 home run graphic
2011 - Boston Red Sox

Total

29

By type

2012 home run graphic
2012 - Boston Red Sox

Total

23

By type

2013 home run graphic
2013 - Boston Red Sox

Total

35

By type

2014 home run graphic
2014 - Boston Red Sox

Total

35

By type

2015 home run graphic
2015 - Boston Red Sox

Total

37

By type

2016 home run graphic
2016 - Boston Red Sox

Total

38

By type

Ortiz’s legend is cemented in Red Sox history. His No. 34 was retired in 2017, in a ceremony at Fenway Park featuring Red Sox greats Pedro Martinez, Jim Rice, Wade Boggs, and Carl Yastrzemski. In May, he’ll be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.

And now, Ortiz is a Baseball Hall of Famer.

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