Yes, it is a home run if the Baseball hits the foul pole.
Fair ball, usually judged a home run since usually foul poles are above the outfield fence.
A ball hit out of the field of play of a baseball game becomes the property of the person who first takes possession of that ball -- whether the ball is fair or foul, or lands in the stands of the stadium or outside the stadium. As such, fans who get a home run ball can do pretty much anything they want with it -- keep it as a souvenir, throw it back onto the field, or toss it into the trash.
Home plate is considered in fair territory. If the ball hits home plate and rolls into foul territory, the ball is foul. If the ball hits home plate and rolls into fair territory, the ball is fair.
A Fair ball is any ball that either 1)lands in fair territory in the outfield (including hitting the wall) 2) hits or bounces over first or third base 3) leaves the park between the foul poles or hitting the foul poles (home run) 4) is first touched by a fielder in fair territory 5)stops moving with being touched in fair territory, and 6) did not hit the batter. Any ball that is not fair, is foul.
If you are on base, and the batter hits a foul ball that is caught, and there is less than 2 outs, you may attempt to run to the next base after the ball is caught.
You hit a home run when the ball reaches into the stands INSIDE THE FOUL LINES or farther. Or you're able to run all the way around from1st to home plate while the ball remains in play, which is called an 'inside the park HR'.
The "fairness" of the ball depends on the rules in that particular stadium. In the 2004 playoffs a ball hit the catwalk in Houston in fair territory and was caught in fair territory, but was ruled foul, because of the rules at minute maid park. On the other hand in Minnesota, a ball atriking the catwalk is automatically fair whether it lands in fair territory or not.
It can be either. If the ball is hit into the air and is in foul territory at any time, it counts as a foul ball if it goes into the stands. If the ball is in the air and is in fair territory when it goes into the stands, it's a home run. If the ball is in fair territory and hits the ground, then bounces into the stands in fair territory, it's a ground rule double. If the ball bounces in fair territory but then bounces into the stands in foul territory past the infield, it's also a ground rule double. If the ball bounces in fair territory, but then bounces into the stands before it passes 1st or 3rd base, it's a foul ball.
It is a foul ball and runners return to the base they occupied at the time of the pitch. If the batter has less than two strikes, it is a strike. If the batter has two strikes, it remains two strikes, unless the batter was bunting, in which case the batter is out.
I presume you're referring to Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. As a Dodger fan for over 40 years, I most DEFINITELY remember Kirk Gibson's ONLY APPEARANCE in that Series! Anyway, the pitches went like this: foul, foul, foul, ball, foul, ball, ball (stolen base), home run. Although I can not link to it, video of the complete at bat is available on DailyMotion.
The foul Pole is to aide the umpire in determining if a baseball hit is fair or foul. The Foul pole is in fair territory, so if the ball hits the pole it is a fair ball, and would count as a home run. If it misses the pole outside of the playing field it is a foul ball (out of play) This is why it is called a 'Foul Pole" It could have been called a Fair Pole as it is in fair territory, but the powers that be decided on "Foul Pole" and "Foul Line"
the home run pole