1967 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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1967 Los Angeles Dodgers
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 1967 Los Angeles Dodgers season marked the end of the franchise’s most successful era on the ballpark. One season after losing the World Series to the Baltimore Orioles, the Dodgers declined to a record of 73–89, and finished ahead of only the Houston Astros and the New York Mets in the National League race, 28½ games behind the NL and World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. It was the Dodgers’ worst record since the war-affected 1944 season, and their worst peacetime record since 1937. The Dodgers would not return to the postseason until 1974.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Dodgers vs. Reds at Dodger Stadium, 1967

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
St. Louis Cardinals 101 60 -- .627
San Francisco Giants 91 71 10.5 .562
Chicago Cubs 87 74 14 .540
Cincinnati Reds 87 75 14.5 .537
Philadelphia Phillies 82 80 19.5 .506
Pittsburgh Pirates 81 81 20.5 .500
Atlanta Braves 77 85 24.5 .475
Los Angeles Dodgers 73 89 28.5 .451
Houston Astros 69 93 32.5 .426
New York Mets 61 101 40.5 .377

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day starters
Name Position
Wes Parker Center fielder
Ron Hunt Second baseman
Lou Johnson Right fielder
Ron Fairly First baseman
Jim Lefebvre Third baseman
Johnny Roseboro Catcher
Bob Bailey Left fielder
Gene Michael Shortstop
Bob Miller Starting pitcher

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1967 Los Angeles Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Season Recap[edit]

The Dodgers were coming off back to back National League titles, but were stunned by ace pitcher Sandy Koufax's retirement after the 1966 season. Still, while not expected to be a contender in 1967, there was a solid nucleus that would have been expected to win in the neighborhood of 85 games. However, a couple of questionable trades (Tommy Davis for Ron Hunt, and Maury Wills for Bob Bailey and Gene Michael) further weakened an offense that was already considered below average.

In May, leading hitter and team home run leader Lou Johnson was injured sliding into home against the Braves and missed two months of the season. New shortstop Gene Michael batted .202, a full 100 points less than the man he replaced, as Maury Wills batted .302 for the Pirates. Ron Fairly, Willie Davis, and Bob Bailey all slumped off from their 1966 production; but one of the few bright spots was rookie Al Ferrara's .277 average and 16 home runs in just over half the season. Ultimately, the Dodgers scored fewer runs than any National League team except the last place Mets.

Despite the loss of Koufax, the pitching was generally solid, but the starters' won-loss records suffered from lack of run support despite solid ERAs. Rookie Bill Singer was 12–8 with a 2.64 ERA, Don Drysdale was 13–16 with a 2.74 ERA, and Claude Osteen was 17–17 with a 3.22 ERA. Don Sutton suffered from a "sophomore jinx", as he went 11–15 with a 3.95 ERA, nearly a full run higher than his 2.99 ERA in 1966. The bull pen was led by Ron Perranoski, Jim Brewer, and Phil Regan, who combined for 23 saves and all had an ERA under 3.

The Dodgers lost 10 of their first 16 games and never got closer than 7 games out of 1st place. They were never able to top the .500 mark, and while they were a respectable 42–39 at home, they were a dismal 31–50 on the road.

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

Other batters[edit]

Note: 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
2B Hunt, RonRon Hunt 110 388 102 .263 3 33
3B Lefebvre, JimJim Lefebvre 136 494 129 .261 8 50
CF Davis, WillieWillie Davis 143 569 146 .257 6 41
LF Johnson, LouLou Johnson 104 330 89 .270 11 41
RF Fairly, RonRon Fairly 153 486 107 .220 10 55
1B Parker, WesWes Parker 139 496 102 .247 5 31
C Roseboro, JohnJohn Roseboro 116 334 91 .272 4 24
SS Michael, GeneGene Michael 98 223 45 .202 0 7
Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Hickman, JimJim Hickman 65 98 16 .163 0 10

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

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
Brewer, JimJim Brewer 30 100.2 5 4 2.68 74

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

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League Roy Hartsfield
AA Albuquerque Dodgers Texas League Duke Snider
A Santa Barbara Dodgers California League Norm Sherry
A Dubuque Packers Midwest League Bill Berrier
A Tri-City Atoms Northwest League Don LeJohn
Rookie Ogden Dodgers Pioneer League Tommy Lasorda

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Albuquerque, Ogden

1967 Major League Baseball Draft[edit]

This was the third year of a Major League Baseball Draft. The Dodgers drafted 87 players in the June draft and 9 in the January draft. The top draft pick was third baseman Donnie Denbow from Southern Methodist University. He played in the Dodgers farm system through 1970. In 177 games in the rookie leagues and Class-A, he hit .242.

Of this years draft class, only catcher Steve Yeager, drafted in the fourth round, made any impact in the Majors. He played with the Dodgers from 1972–1985 and hit 102 home runs during his career.

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