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 he Braves, and missed 2 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.

January draft[edit]

[8]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Travis King RHP South Georgia College Yes 1967-1972 AA
2 James Herbert LHP Southern University and A&M College No

January Secondary phase[edit]

[9]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Larry Burchart RHP Oklahoma State University No
Dodgers - 1967 June
1967-1971 MLB
2 James Doran OF Staunton Military Academy Yes 1967-1968 A-
3 Jeffrey Bowman RHP Modesto Junior College No
4 Maurice Smith C University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Yes 1967 A-
5 Paul DeVaney RHP Rochester Business Institute Yes 1967-1968 A-
6 Michael Babler RHP Chabot College No
7 Eldon Jones LHP Trinidad State Junior College No
Athletics - 1970
1970-1973 AA

June draft[edit]

[10]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Donnie Denbow 3B Southern Methodist University Yes 1966-1971 A
2 Thomas Harris SS Central Gwinnett High School Yes 1967-1971 A
3 William Rainer OF Southern Methodist University Yes 1967-1968 A
4 Steve Yeager C Meadowdale High School Yes 1967-1986 MLB
5 Ron Cash SS Lakeside High School No
Tigers - 1971
1971-1976 MLB
6 Kenneth Hansen RHP Maryvale High School No
Reds - 1971
1971-1973 AA
7 Rusty Bodkin OF Fort Lauderdale High School No
Cardinals - 1968
1967-1971 A
8 Leland Saxon LHP Palmetto High School Yes 1967-1968 Rookie
9 Gary Wedel 3B Gardena High School Yes 1967-1970 A
10 Carmine Marceno 1B Christopher Columbus High School Yes 1967-1970 A
11 Charles Boggs C West Virginia University Yes 1967-1968 A
12 Robert Lamber LHP New York City College of Technology Yes 1967 Rookie
13 Kara Hall INF Dos Palos High School Yes 1967-1971 A
14 James Loll 1B Crespi Carmelite High School No
Royals - 1969
1969 Rookie
15 Glenn Woodruff C Aliceville High School No
Indians - 1972
1972-1974 AA
16 Jack Donovan RHP St. Peter's High School No
Angels - 1971
1971-1975 AAA
17 Robert Knight 2B King High School No
Cubs - 1969
1969-1970 A
18 Don Stoulil 3B Bishop Alemany High School Yes 1968-1971 A
19 Abraham Sears SS Perry High School Yes 1967-1968 A
20 Larry King RHP Willingham High School Yes 1967 Rookie
21 Bruce Matte RHP Miami University of Ohio No
Mets - 1968
1968-1970 A
22 Leon Murray 1B Fremont High School No
Giants - 1970
1970 Rookie
23 Malcolm Bass 2B Gulf Coast Community College Yes 1967 A-
24 Norman Dermody RHP Seton Hall University Yes 1967-1970 AA
25 James Hughes SS Okawville High School Yes 1967 Rookie
26 James Norton C Bishop Alemany High School No
27 Mike Rapkin LHP Monroe High School No
28 Gregory Smith RHP Sierra High School No
29 Jim Flynn RHP Roosevelt High School Yes 1967-1973 AAA
30 James Brunnworth RHP Edwardsville High School Yes 1967-1971 AA
31 Ronald Thompson RHP Roosevelt High School No
32 Dave Thompson OF Santa Barbara High School No
Angels -1968
1968-1969 A
33 John Brannigan LHP Cliffside Park High School No
34 Robert Huellemeier RHP Mount de Sales High School No
35 William Wright C Carson-Newman College No
36 Chava Flores SS Artesia High School Yes 1968 Rookie
37 Greg Mattinson OF Grossmont College No
38 Charles Kingsbury 3B Claremont High School No
39 Willie Strickland OF Fremont High School No
40 Gene Martin 3B Santa Monica High School No
41 Larry Tingle RHP Yerington High School Yes 1967-1969 A
42 Douglas Barker RHP Davis High School[disambiguation needed] No
Phillies - 1969
1969-1971 A
43 Dennis Murphy RHP Southwest Miami High School Yes 1967-1969 A
44 James O'Brien OF Sacred Heart University No
45 Phillip Cabibi 2B Garey High School No
46 James Southworth RHP Los Angeles Valley College No
Senators - 1970
1970-1972 AAA
47 Gene Willetts C Johnson & Wales University No
48 William Susa RHP Reseda High School No A
49 Steven Napoli OF Bishop Alemany High School No
50 John Marino C Los Angeles Valley College No
51 David Conway OF Los Angeles Valley College Yes 1967-1968 A
52 William Graves RHP Westmont College Yes 1967-1970 AA
53 Harold Armstrong SS Hueneme High School No
54 Stephen Lee LHP Monroe High School No
Giants - 1971
1971 A
55 Joseph Jacobsen C Roosevelt High School No
Twins -1969
1969-1972 A
56 Michael McPartlin 3B Niagara County Community College No
57 David Dale RHP Culver Military Academy High School No
58 Stephen Easton LHP Sierra High School No
Athletics - 1971
1971-1973 AA
59 David Lloyd OF Jefferson High School No
60 Patrick Manahan 3B Sylmar High School Yes 1967-1970 A
61 Albert Rossi 2B St. Francis High School No
62 Frank Rucker LHP Ensley High School No
63 Bruce Ellingsen LHP Lakewood High School Yes 1968-1975 MLB
64 Francis Karmelich C Felix Lasuen High School No
Senators - 1970
1970-1972 A
65 Tom Lundstedt C Prospect High School No
Cubs - 1970
1970-1975 MLB
66 Antonio Latour LHP Indian River Community College No
67 Craig Fox LHP No
68 Barton Bell 2B Mesa Community College SELECTION VOIDED
69 Harold Murray C Smith-Cotton High School No
70 Keith Lieppman SS Southwest High School No
Athletics - 1971
1971-1979 AAA

June secondary phase[edit]

[11]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Pat Brown OF University of Texas at Austin No
Yankees - 1969
1969-1971 AA
2 Robert Bosson 1B Columbia University No
3 Larry Burchart RHP Oklahoma State University Yes 1967-1971 MLB
4 Raldolph Kohn C University of Georgia Yes 1967-1970 A
5 Samuel Scheschuk C University of Texas at Austin Yes 1967 A-
6 Jack Creel RHP Gulf Coast Community College Yes 1867-1968 A
7 David Speas 3B San Diego Mesa College Yes 1967-1969 A
8 Walter Adey LHP Hudson Valley Community College Yes 1967-1971 A
9 Jom Keirns OF Central State University No
10 Lucky Thompson SS University of California, San Diego No
Cardinals - 1968
1968-1971 AA
11 Clarence Cleveland OF Chipola College No
Phillies - 1971
1971 Rookie
12 Larry Linville OF Arizona State University No
White Sox - 1968
1968-1971 A
13 Patrick O'Brien LHP University of Arizona No
14 Bruce Wade RHP El Camino College No
15 Richard Binder LHP University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign No
16 Douglas Brittele RHP Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey No
17 Glenn Bisbing 3B Rider University No
Reds - 1968
1968-1969 A

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