On Friday night, Albert Pujols returned to Dodger Stadium, this time in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform and nearing the end of his Hall of Fame career.

Before Friday night's game, the Dodgers gifted Pujols and fellow Cardinals future Hall of Famer Yadier Molina golf bags.

Dodger fans not only watched and appreciated history, but they also recognised it as coming from a player who was one of their own for the final five months of the 2021 season.

In the third inning, Pujols hit a 1-and-2 pitch from Dodgers starter Andrew Heaney deep into the left centre pavilion, 434 feet away, for a 2-0 lead.

This was Pujols' 101st game of the season, and he'd had more plate appearances against right-handers than left-handers.

Pujols, who had been worn down by years of losing in Anaheim before being abruptly discarded by a rookie general manager.