1966 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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1966 Los Angeles Dodgers
1966 National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Walter O'Malley
Manager(s) Walter Alston
Local television KTTV (11)
Local radio KFI
Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett
KWKW
José García, Jaime Jarrín
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The 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers won the National League championship with a 95–67 record (1½ games over the San Francisco Giants), but lost to the Baltimore Orioles in four games in the World Series.

Regular season[edit]

Sandy Koufax became the first pitcher to win three Cy Young Awards in a career.[1]

Season Recap[edit]

The defending world champion Dodgers relied upon the same model that brought them the championship in 1965; great pitching, tight defense, and speed. However, ace pitchers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale held out nearly all of spring training in a celebrated contract dispute, finally signing just before the start of the regular season. The hold out did not seem to affect Koufax, who went 27-9 with a 1.88 E.R.A. However, Drysdale had a sub par season going 13-16 with a 3.42 E.R.A. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Claude Osteen had his best season to date, winning 17 games with a 2.85 E.R.A., and rookie Don Sutton replaced aging Johnny Podres in the rotation, chipping in with 12 wins and a 2.99 E.R.A. Finally, reliever Phil Regan had a remarkable year, going 14-1 with 21 saves.

The National League race was basically a 4 team affair between the Dodgers, Giants, Pirates, and Phillies, with all but the Phillies taking their turn in 1st place during the summer. The Dodgers vaulted to the top with an 8 game win streak in mid-September. However, the pennant was still not decided going into the final day of the season. The Giants, who had eliminated the Pirates by beating them on the next to last day of the season, needed to beat the Pirates in the season's final game, and then hope the Dodgers would lose both games of a double header in Philadelphia to the Phillies. If that happened, the Giants would have trailed the Dodgers by 1/2 game, and would have had to fly to Cincinnati to play the Reds in a make-up game, needing a win to tie for 1st. The Giants defeated the Pirates in extra innings, and the Dodgers lost the first game of the double header, blowing a lead in the 8th inning. However, while the Giants were waiting at the Pittsburgh airport (not knowing if they were going to fly to Cincinnati or go home), Koufax beat the Phillies in the second game of the double header. While they were waiting, a reporter asked Giants pitcher Ron Herbel "you guys don't know where you're going yet, do you?" Herbel replied "we know where we're going. No way superman (Koufax) loses the second game."

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 -- .586
San Francisco Giants 93 68 1.5 .578
Pittsburgh Pirates 92 70 3 .568
Philadelphia Phillies 87 75 8 .537
Atlanta Braves 85 77 10 .525
St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 12 .512
Cincinnati Reds 76 84 18 .475
Houston Astros 72 90 23 .444
New York Mets 66 95 28.5 .410
Chicago Cubs 59 103 36 .364

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Maury Wills Shortstop
Wes Parker First baseman
Willie Davis Center fielder
Ron Fairly Right fielder
Jim Lefebvre Third baseman
Lou Johnson Left fielder
Johnny Roseboro Catcher
Nate Oliver Second baseman
Claude Osteen Starting pitcher

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1966 Los Angeles Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CF Davis, WillieWillie Davis 153 624 177 .284 11 61
3B Lefebvre), JimJim Lefebvre) 152 544 149 .274 24 74
SS Wills, MauryMaury Wills 143 594 162 .273 1 39

Other batters[edit]

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Koufax, SandySandy Koufax 41 323 27 9 1.73 317
Drysdale, DonDon Drysdale 40 273.2 13 16 3.42 177
Osteen, ClaudeClaude Osteen 39 240.1 17 14 2.85 137
Sutton, DonDon Sutton 37 225.2 12 12 2.99 209

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Miller, BobBob Miller 46 4 2 5 2.77 58
Perranoski, RonRon Perranoski 55 6 7 7 3.18 50
Regan, PhilPhil Regan 65 14 1 21 1.62 88

1966 World Series[edit]

Main article: 1966 World Series

Game 1[edit]

October 5, 1966 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Attendance: 55,941

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore (A) 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 9 0
Los Angeles (N) 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
W: Moe Drabowsky (1–0) L: Don Drysdale (0–1)
HR: BALFrank Robinson (1), Brooks Robinson (1)    LADJim Lefebvre (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 6, 1966 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Attendance: 55,947

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore (A) 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 6 8 0
Los Angeles (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6
W: Jim Palmer (1–0) L: Sandy Koufax (0–1)

Game 3[edit]

October 8, 1966 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Attendance: 54,445

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Baltimore (A) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 1 3 0
W: Wally Bunker (1–0) L: Claude Osteen (0–1)
HR: BALPaul Blair (1)

Game 4[edit]

October 9, 1966 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Attendance: 54,458

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Baltimore (A) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 1 4 0
W: Dave McNally (1–0) L: Don Drysdale (0–2)
HR: BALFrank Robinson (2)

Awards and honors[edit]

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax

All-Stars[edit]

The Sporting News awards[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League Roy Hartsfield
AA Albuquerque Dodgers Texas League Bob Kennedy
A Santa Barbara Dodgers California League Norm Sherry
A Jamestown Dodgers New York-Penn League Bill Berrier
A Tri-City Atoms Northwest League Duke Snider
Rookie Ogden Dodgers Pioneer League Tommy Lasorda

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Tri-City, Ogden

1966 Major League Baseball Draft[edit]

This was the second Major League Baseball Draft. The Dodgers drafted 67 players in the June draft and 9 in the January draft. The top draft pick was pitcher Lawrence Hutton from Greenfield High School in Greenfield, Indiana. He played in the Dodgers farm system through 1971 and finished with a 22-28 record and 4.33 ERA in 117 games, never advancing past AA.

The most successful picks from this draft class were Bill Russell and Charlie Hough. Russell, the ninth round pick out of Pittsburg High School played with the Dodgers through 1986, mostly as a shortstop and later managed the team from 1996-1998. Hough was drafted in the eighth round out of Hialeah High School as an infielder but quickly converted to pitcher. He played with the Dodgers through 1980 and then with three other teams until he retired in 1994. He later became a coach for the Dodgers organization.

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