Originally created 05/06/04

Piazza sets homer record for catchers



NEW YORK -- Mike Piazza broke Carlton Fisk's major league record for home runs as a catcher Wednesday night, hitting No. 352 in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants.

Piazza drove a 3-1 pitch from Jerome Williams off the bottom of the scoreboard in right-center to give the New York Mets a 1-0 lead. The 10-time All-Star got a warm greeting in the dugout from his teammates and bounced out for a curtain call.

Piazza, who has started playing some games at first base recently, has 363 homers overall, 58th on the career list.

He tied Fisk's mark of 351 on April 27 at Dodger Stadium with a solo shot off Hideo Nomo.

Piazza, 35, hit his first 177 homers with Los Angeles. He broke in with the Dodgers in 1992 and was chosen NL Rookie of the Year the following season.