1966 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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1966 Los Angeles Dodgers
1966 National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
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Owner(s) Walter O'Malley
Manager(s) Walter Alston
Local television KTTV (11)
Local radio KFI
Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett
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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.

January draft[edit]

[7] This was the first year that a January draft was held for college and high school players who graduated in the winter.

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 James Roberts RHP University of Alabama Yes 1966-1967 AA
2 Ivey Armstrong 2B Miami-Dade College Yes 1966-1969 A
3 Robert Childress 3B Methacton High School No
4 Albert Choate RHP Sam Houston State University Yes 1966-1967 A
5 Jorge Benitez 1B Miami-Dade College No

January Secondary phase[edit]

[8]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 John Herbst LHP University of Southern California No
Twins - 1967
1968-1969 A
2 Hank Tenney OF Vista High School Yes 1966-1969 A
3 Jim Hibbs C Stanford University Yes 1966-1973 MLB
4 Mike Garrett OF University of Southern California No

June draft[edit]

[9]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Lawrence Hutton RHP Greenfield High School Yes 1966-1971 AA
2 John Gamble SS Carson City High School Yes 1966-1976 MLB
3 Rich Thompson 2B University of North Carolina Yes 1966-1970 A
4 Jerry Bagwell SS Wren High School Yes 1966-1967 A
5 Gordon Allen OF Ludlow High School No
Astros - 1967
1967-1970 A
6 Dennis James LHP Albany High School Yes 1966-1974 AAA
7 James Doran OF Madison Township High School Yes 1967-1968 A-
8 Charlie Hough INF Hialeah High School Yes 1966-1994 MLB
9 Bill Russell OF Pittsburg High School Yes 1966-1986 MLB
10 Dennis Thornton 1B Eisenhower High School Yes 1966-1967 Rookie
11 Kenneth Burrow C De Anza High School No
12 Billy Grabarkewitz 3B St. Mary's University Yes 1966-1975 MLB
13 Romel Canada OF Chester High School Yes 1966-1979 AAA
14 James Raynor RHP East Carolina University Yes 1967-1972 AA
15 Ted Sizemore C University of Michigan Yes 1966-1980 MLB
16 Allen Siflet C McCallum High School No
17 Kenneth Raab RHP Northview High School Yes 1966-1967 A
18 Craig Menzl 1B Islip High School No
19 Martin Parker RHP King High School Yes 1966-1969 A
20 Loyd Colson RHP Gould High School No
Yankees - 1967
1967-1973 MLB
21 John Jiles OF North Cobb High School Yes 1966 Rookie
22 Charles Sutton RHP Tate High School Yes 1967 Rookie
23 James Frye RHP Northern High School Yes 1966-1970 A
24 Bill Ralston 2B California Polytechnic State University Yes 1966-1975 AAA
25 Bob Perruchon OF Vallejo Junior College No
Angels - 1967
1967-1968 A
26 Kenneth Danson C Forrest High School No
Indians - 1968
1968-1970 A
27 Lawrence Land RHP Bamberg High School No
28 Tom Alger LHP Hudson High School Yes 1966-1973 A
29 Michael Pierce LHP Rincon High School No
Indians - 1967
1967-1970 A
30 Stephen Howder OF City College of San Francisco Yes 1966-1970 A-
31 Radford Mawhinney OF Santa Maria High School No
32 James Arkell OF Claremont College Yes 1966 A-
33 Ronald Reece RHP Campbell High School Yes 1966 Rookie
34 James McCray OF San Diego State University Yes 1966 Rookie
35 David Nitchke C California State University Fresno No
36 Mark Harris RHP University of Maryland No
37 Robert Johnson LHP Trenton High School Yes 1966-1970 A
38 Stephen Hockensmith 1B Florida Southern College Yes 1966 A-
39 Billy Carthel OF Sul Ross State University No
Indians - 1967
1968-1974 AAA
40 Ray Lamb RHP University of Southern California Yes 1966-1973 MLB
41 Donald Spain RHP Eisenhower High School Yes 1966-1971 AA
42 Donny Tidwell RHP New Diana High School Yes 1966 Rookie
43 Julio Guerrero SS Centralia High School Yes 1966-1967 A
44 John Shulock 3B Vero Beach High School Yes 1967-1969 A
45 Dicky Shaw SS Central State University Yes 1966 A
46 Jeffrey King RHP Mainland High School Yes 1966-1970 AA
47 Richard LeBlanc LHP Forrest High School Yes 1966-1967 Rookie
48 Lamar Haynes LHP Chipola College Yes 1967 A
49 Jody Gioffoni RHP Santa Monica High School No
50 Kenneth Wiedemann 2B West Covina High School No
51 Mark Johnson OF University of New Mexico No
52 Walter Pierce OF William Carey College Yes 1966-1967 A
53 Jack Butorac RHP Montebello High School No
Cardinals - 1969
1969-1970 A-
54 David Lindsey LHP Fremont High School No
Pilots - 1969
1969-1979 AAA
55 Bob Randall SS Gove High School No
Dodgers -1969
1969-1980 MLB
56 Francis Staab RHP Hays High School Yes 1966-1968 A
57 John Turston C Archbishop Molloy High School No
58 Adrian Zabala RHP University of Florida No
Indians - 1967
1967 Rookie
59 William Scott SS Germantown Academy No
60 Tom Smith RHP Foley High School No
Athletics - 1968
1969-1972 AA
61 James Raynor RHP Hamilton High School Yes 1966-1972 AA
62 Robert Chandler 2B Rollins College No

June secondary phase[edit]

[10]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Bob Stinson C Miami-Dade College Yes 1966-1980 MLB
2 Richard Schryer OF University of Michigan Yes 1966-1968 A
3 James Carter 3B Trinity University Yes 1966-1967 A-
4 John Green RHP Gulf Coast Community College No
5 John Herbst LHP University of Southern California No
Twins - 1967
1968-1969 A

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Preceded by
Los Angeles Dodgers
1965
National League Championship Season
1966
Succeeded by
St. Louis Cardinals
1967