1955 Brooklyn Dodgers season

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1955 Brooklyn Dodgers
1955 World Series Champions
National League champios
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Walter O'Malley
Manager(s) Walter Alston
Local television WOR-TV
Local radio WMGM
Vin Scully, Connie Desmond, Andre Baruch, Al Helfer
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In 1955, the Brooklyn Dodgers finally fulfilled the promise of many previous Dodger teams. Although the club had won several pennants in the past, and had won as many as 105 games in 1953, it had never won a World Series. This team finished 13.5 games ahead in the National League pennant race, leading the league in both runs scored and fewest runs allowed. In the 1955 World Series, they finally beat their crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees. It was the Dodgers first and only World Series championship won while located in Brooklyn.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

This season was basically a culmination of the careers of many legendary Dodger players. Catcher Roy Campanella won the 1955 National League Most Valuable Player award, his third in five years. Center fielder Duke Snider led the league in runs batted in and was second in the MVP voting. He also hit his 200th career home run on May 10. Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese, both 36 years old, could still play. Gil Hodges, 31, hit 27 home runs (and drove in both Dodger runs in the seventh game of the Series), while Carl Furillo, 33, hit 26 home runs with a .314 batting average.

The pitching staff was anchored by Don Newcombe, who was 20-5. It was the first time a black pitcher had won 20 games in a season. The 22-year old Johnny Podres was only 9-10 but became the hero of the 1955 World Series by shutting out the Yankees in the seventh game.

MVP controversy[edit]

Duke Snider finished second to teammate Campanella in the MVP voting by just five points, 226-221, with each man receiving eight first place votes. The voting then as now was conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Each voting member, one from each major league city, filled out a ballot selecting ten men. A player receiving a first place vote got 14 points, 9 points for second, and then values of 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for those in places 3 through 10. A writer from Philadelphia who was sick and who had become hospitalized had turned in a ballot with Campanella listed in position number 1 as well as position number 5. The assumption had been that the writer had meant to write Snider's name into one of those slots. Unable to get a clarification from the ill writer the BBWAA, after considering disallowing the ballot, decided to accept it, count the first place vote for Campanella and count the fifth place vote as though it were left blank. Had the ballot been disallowed, the vote would have been won by Snider by three points. Had Snider gotten the fifth place vote, the final vote would have favored Snider 227-226. Duke did, however, win the Sporting News National League Player of the Year Award for 1955 and the Sid Mercer Award.[4][5]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
Brooklyn Dodgers 98 55 -- .641
Milwaukee Braves 85 69 13.5 .552
New York Giants 80 74 18.5 .519
Philadelphia Phillies 77 77 21.5 .500
Cincinnati Redlegs 75 79 23.5 .487
Chicago Cubs 72 81 26 .471
St. Louis Cardinals 68 86 30.5 .442
Pittsburgh Pirates 60 94 38.5 .390

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Jim Gilliam Second baseman
Pee Wee Reese Shortstop
Duke Snider Center fielder
Gil Hodges First baseman
Sandy Amorós Left fielder
Jackie Robinson Third baseman
Carl Furillo Right fielder
Roy Campanella Catcher
Carl Erskine Starting pitcher

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1955 Brooklyn Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Campanella, RoyRoy Campanella 123 446 81 142 .318 32 107 2
1B Hodges, GilGil Hodges 150 546 75 158 .289 27 102 2
2B Gilliam, JimJim Gilliam 147 538 110 134 .249 7 40 15
SS Reese, Pee WeePee Wee Reese 145 553 99 156 .282 10 61 8
3B Robinson, JackieJackie Robinson 105 317 51 81 .256 8 36 12
LF Amorós, SandySandy Amorós 119 388 59 96 .247 10 51 10
CF Snider, DukeDuke Snider 148 538 126 166 .309 42 136 9
RF Furillo, CarlCarl Furillo 140 523 83 164 .314 26 95 4

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Hoak, DonDon Hoak 94 279 50 67 .240 5 19 9
Zimmer, DonDon Zimmer 88 280 38 67 .239 15 50 5
Walker, RubeRube Walker 48 103 6 26 .252 2 13 1
Kellert, FrankFrank Kellert 39 80 12 26 .325 4 19 0
Shuba, GeorgeGeorge Shuba 44 51 8 14 .275 1 8 0
Howell, DixieDixie Howell 16 42 2 11 .262 0 5 0
Moryn, WaltWalt Moryn 11 19 3 5 .263 1 3 0
Borkowski, BobBob Borkowski 9 19 2 2 .105 0 0 0
Hamric, BertBert Hamric 2 1 0 0 .000 0 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; CG = Complete games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts

Player G GS CG IP W L ERA BB SO
Newcombe, DonDon Newcombe 34 31 17 233.2 20 5 3.20 38 143
Erskine, CarlCarl Erskine 31 29 7 194.2 11 8 3.79 64 84
Podres, JohnnyJohnny Podres 27 24 5 159.1 9 10 3.95 57 114
Loes, BillyBilly Loes 22 19 6 128 10 4 3.59 46 85

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; CG = Complete games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts

Player G GS CG IP W L ERA BB SO
Spooner, KarlKarl Spooner 29 14 2 98.2 8 6 3.65 41 78
Craig, RogerRoger Craig 21 10 3 90.2 5 3 2.78 43 48
Meyer, RussRuss Meyer 18 11 2 73 6 2 5.42 31 26
Koufax, SandySandy Koufax 12 5 2 41.2 2 2 3.02 28 30
Lasorda, TommyTommy Lasorda 4 1 0 4 0 0 13.50 6 4

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA BB SO
Labine, ClemClem Labine 60 144.1 13 5 11 3.24 55 67
Roebuck, EdEd Roebuck 47 84 5 6 12 4.71 24 33
Bessent, DonDon Bessent 24 63.1 8 1 3 2.70 21 29
Hughes, JimJim Hughes 24 42.2 0 2 6 4.22 19 20
Black, JoeJoe Black 6 15.1 1 0 0 2.93 5 9
Templeton, ChuckChuck Templeton 4 4.2 0 1 0 11.57 5 3

1955 World Series[edit]

Main article: 1955 World Series

Game 1[edit]

September 28, 1955 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn (N) 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 10 0
New York (A) 0 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 x 6 9 1
W: Whitey Ford (1-0)   L: Don Newcombe (0-1)   S: Bob Grim (1)
HR: BROCarl Furillo (1), Duke Snider (1)    NYYElston Howard (1), Joe Collins (1, 2)

Game 2[edit]

September 29, 1955 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 2
New York (A) 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 x 4 8 0
W: Tommy Byrne (1-0)   L: Billy Loes (0-1)

Game 3[edit]

September 30, 1955 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 0
Brooklyn (N) 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 x 8 11 1
W: Johnny Podres (1-0)  L: Bob Turley (0-1)
HR: NYYMickey Mantle (1)    BRORoy Campanella (1)

Game 4[edit]

October 1, 1955 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 9 0
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 1 3 3 0 1 0 x 8 14 0
W: Clem Labine (1-0)  L: Don Larsen (0-1)
HR: NYYGil McDougald (1)    BRORoy Campanella (2), Gil Hodges (1), Duke Snider (2)

Game 5[edit]

October 2, 1955 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 6 0
Brooklyn (N) 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 x 5 9 2
W: Roger Craig (1-0)  L: Bob Grim (0-1)   S: Clem Labine (1)
HR: NYYBob Cerv (1), Yogi Berra (1)    BROSandy Amorós (1), Duke Snider (3, 4)

Game 6[edit]

October 3, 1955 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
New York (A) 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 5 8 0
W: Whitey Ford (2-0)   L: Karl Spooner (0-1)
HR: NYYBill Skowron (1)

Game 7[edit]

October 4, 1955 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 0
New York (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
W: Johnny Podres (2-0)   L: Tommy Byrne (1-1)

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

League top five finishers[edit]

Roy Campanella

  • #4 in NL in batting average (.318)

Jim Gilliam

  • #5 in NL in runs scored (110)
  • #5 in NL in stolen bases (15)

Clem Labine

  • #3 in NL in saves (11)

Don Newcombe

  • #2 in NL in wins (20)
  • #2 in NL in ERA (3.20)
  • #2 in NL in complete games (17)
  • #5 in NL in strikeouts (143)

Ed Roebuck

  • #2 in NL in saves (12)

Duke Snider

  • MLB leader in RBI (136)
  • MLB leader in runs scored (126)
  • #2 in NL in on-base percentage (.418)
  • #2 in NL in slugging percentage (.628)
  • #3 in NL in doubles (34)
  • #3 in NL in bases on balls (104)
  • #4 in NL in home runs (42)

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Montreal Royals International League Greg Mulleavy
AAA St. Paul Saints American Association Max Macon
AA Ft. Worth Cats Texas League Tommy Holmes
AA Mobile Bears Southern Association Clay Bryant
A Elmira Pioneers Eastern League Ray Hathaway
A Pueblo Dodgers Western League Goldie Holt
B Asheville Tourists Tri-State League Earl Naylor
B Cedar Rapids Raiders Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League Ray Perry
B Newport News Dodgers Piedmont League George Scherger
C Bakersfield Indians California League Doc Alexson
C Great Falls Electrics Pioneer League Lou Rochelli
D Hornell Dodgers Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York League Boyd Bartley
D Shawnee Hawks Sooner State League Jack Banta
D Thomasville Dodgers Georgia-Florida League Pete Reiser
D Union City Dodgers Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League Joe Hauser

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