1968 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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1968 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 1968 Los Angeles Dodgers had a 76-86 record and finished in seventh place in the National League standings, 21 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. After the season, the Dodgers underwent some changes among the team management when long time general manager Buzzie Bavasi resigned to take over the expansion San Diego Padres. He was replaced by team vice-president Fresco Thompson. However, Thompson was diagnosed with cancer weeks after taking the job and died in November. Al Campanis became the new general manager for the following season.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
St. Louis Cardinals 97 65 -- .599
San Francisco Giants 88 74 9 .543
Chicago Cubs 84 78 13 .519
Cincinnati Reds 83 79 14 .512
Atlanta Braves 81 81 16 .500
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 17 .494
Los Angeles Dodgers 76 86 21 .469
Philadelphia Phillies 76 86 21 .469
New York Mets 73 89 24 .451
Houston Astros 72 90 25 .444

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day starters
Name Position
Willie Davis Center fielder
Zoilo Versalles Shortstop
Wes Parker First baseman
Al Ferrara Left fielder
Bob Bailey Third baseman
Ron Fairly Right fielder
Paul Popovich Second baseman
Tom Haller Catcher
Claude Osteen Starting pitcher

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1968 Los Angeles 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; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Haller, TomTom Haller 144 474 135 .285 4 53
SS Versalles, ZoiloZoilo Versalles 122 403 79 .196 2 24

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

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
Billingham, JackJack Billingham 50 3 0 8 2.14 46
Grant, MudcatMudcat Grant 37 6 4 3 2.08 35
Aguirre, HankHank Aguirre 25 1 2 3 0.69 25

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 Roger Craig
A Bakersfield Dodgers California League Don Williams
A Daytona Beach Dodgers Florida State League Bill Berrier
A Tri-City Atoms Northwest League Don LeJohn
Rookie Ogden Dodgers Pioneer League Tommy Lasorda

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Tri-City, Ogden

1968 Major League Baseball Draft[edit]

This was the fourth year of a Major League Baseball Draft. The Dodgers drafted 78 players in the June draft and 23 in the January draft. This was one of the Dodgers most successful drafts in history as they drafted Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Davey Lopes and Bobby Valentine in this draft.

January draft[edit]

[8]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Larry Hall 1B Broward Community College Yes 1968-1969 A
2 Bonnie Smith C No
3 Craig Brown 1B Chipola College No
4 Theodore Rohde OF Fresno City College Yes 1968-1970 A
5 Ronnie Hilton 2B Gulf Coast Community College No
6 Tommy Graham OF No
7 Lynn Morrison OF Long Beach City College No
8 Gordon Crook OF Arizona State University Yes 1968 A
9 Vernon Price LHP Chaffey College Yes 1968-1970 A
10 Donald Pierce 1B Yes 1968 A-

January Secondary phase[edit]

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Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Marv Galliher INF San Diego Mesa College Yes 1968-1976 AAA
2 Davey Lopes OF Washburn University Yes 1968-1987 MLB
3 Steve Moore OF Santa Barbara City College No
Royals - 1969
1969-1971 A
4 Randy Smith OF Lincoln Land Community College Yes 1968-1970 A
5 Geoff Zahn LHP University of Michigan Yes 1968-1985 MLB
6 Davd Grangaard 3B Arizona State University No
Astros - 1968
1968-1972 AAA
7 Gregory Wellman LHP Palm Beach Community College Yes 1968-1972 AAA
8 James Loll INF Los Angeles Pierce College No
Royals - 1969
1969 Rookie
9 Thomas Jackson SS Citrus College No
10 Ed Crosby 2B Long Beach City College No
Cardinals - 1969
1969-1979 MLB
11 John Marino C Los Angeles Valley College No
12 Greogory Smith RHP Rio Hondo College No
13 William Templeton RHP No

June draft[edit]

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Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Bobby Valentine OF Rippowan High School Yes 1968-1979 MLB
2 Bill Buckner 1B Napa High School Yes 1968-1990 MLB
3 Sonny Johnson OF South Carolina State University Yes 1968-1972 AAA
4 Mike Pazik LHP Lynn English High School No
Yankees - 1971
1971-1979 MLB
5 Tom Paciorek OF University of Houston Yes 1968-1987 MLB
6 Bob Auger 1B Putnam High School No
Cardinals - 1969
1969-1972 A
7 Joseph Barkauskas C Piscataway High School No
Yankees - 1972
1972 AA
8 Joe Ferguson OF University of the Pacific Yes 1968-1983 MLB
9 Doyle Alexander RHP Woodlawn High School Yes 1968-1989 MLB
10 Rich Anderson RHP Trumbull High School No
Pirates - 1972
1972-1976 AAA
11 Robert Baxter C Lower Dauphin High School Yes 1969 Rookie
12 Charles Land OF Midwest City High School No
13 Tom Pratt LHP Righetti High School No
Royals - 1969
1969-1971 A
14 Frederick Willard 3B Yes 1968-1969 A
15 Jeff Port 3B Birmingham High School No
16 Artie Brown RHP New York University No
Cardinals - 1969
1969-1971 A
17 Bob Gallagher OF Stanford University Yes 1969-1976 MLB
18 Fred Nelson 2B Arizona State University Yes 1968-1970 AA
19 Jeff Stout SS La Puente High School No
Royals - 1969
1969-1973 A
20 Theodore Gilje LHP College Park High School Yes 1968-1973 AAA
21 James Rich OF Centennial High School Yes 1969-1975 AAA
22 Brooks Anderson OF Cardinal McCloskey High School No
23 Daniel Copeland OF West Newton High School Yes 1968-1969 A
24 Milton Guggia 2B Santa Maria High School No
25 Thomas Sowinski RHP St. John's University Yes 1968-1970 AA
26 Robert Baxter OF Southampton High School No
27 Albert Strane SS Santa Clara University No
Pilots - 1969
1969 A
28 Alvin Strane 2B Santa Clara University Yes 1969 A
29 Bob Wissler OF California Polytechnic State University, Pomona No
Twins - 1969
1969-1972 AAA
30 Roy Nelson P Vigor High School SELECTION VOIDED
31 Richard Breese RHP Port Chester High School No
Mets - 1969
1969-1971 A
32 Dennis Major 1B Laney College No
33 Michael St. John RHP West Valley College Yes 1968-1970 A
34 Alan Blair SS Leeds High School No
35 William Estey SS University of New Hampshire Yes 1968-1969 A
36 Roger Wallace RHP Englewood Senior High School Yes 1968-1969 A
37 Danny Nichols 3B Kansas State University Yes 1968 Rookie
38 James Curnow C Morristown High School No
39 Thomas Joyce SS Solano Community College No
Royals - 1969
1969-1974 AAA
40 Jim Mueller SS Arkansas State University No
White Sox - 1969
1969-1972 AA
41 Samuel Pasquatonio C Franklin High School No
42 Richard Dorsch RHP Valparaiso University Yes 1968-1972 A
43 Peter Brown RHP Hayward High School No
44 Johnny Rushing LHP Tuscaloosa County High School No
45 Kenneth Van Bell RHP Richmond Hill High School Yes 1968-1969
46 Gary Whitmore LHP University of New Mexico No
47 Gary Weese RHP Midwest City High School No
Indians - 1972
1972-1976 AA
48 John Fargnoci 1B Bryant High School No
49 Edgar Ott LHP Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey Yes 1968 A-
50 Kenneth Plau RHP El Camino College No
51 Robert Woodruff OF Port Chester High School Yes 1969 A
52 Bob Sheldon SS Montebello High School No
Brewers - 1972
1972-1977 MLB
53 Charles Elwis LHP Marshall High School No
Angels -1969
1969 A
54 Beau Robinson 1B Central High School No
Yankees - 1969
1969-1971 A
55 Tod Rush LHP Montebello High School No
56 Anthony Embessi RHP Bristol High School No
57 Steve Angelo INF Montebello High School No
Expos - 1969
1969-1971 AA
58 Douglas Blake OF Hackettstown High School No
59 Jeff Paquette C Lincoln High School No
60 Gary Welch OF San Rafael High School No
Mets - 1970
1970 Rookie
61 Merritt Barnes SS University of San Francisco Yes 1968-1969 Rookie
62 Chester Teklinski RHP Tarnetum High School No
63 Lee Driggers OF Colonial High School Yes 1969 A
64 Jeffrey Burns C Rollins College No
Twins - 1969
1969 A
65 Charles Cochrane SS Lincoln High School Yes 1969 A
66 William Homik C University of Southern California Yes 1968-1971 AAA
67 Charles Calver RHP California Polytechnic State University, Pomona Yes 1968-1969 A-
68 Peter Scarpati RHP St. Francis University Yes 1968-1971 AAA
69 Stephen Krines 3B Villanova University Yes 1968-1970 A-
70 John DeBrino RHP Bishop Gibbons High School No
71 Carl Amendola C Plainedge High School No

June secondary phase[edit]

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Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Steve Garvey 3B Michigan State University Yes 1968-1987 MLB
2 Sandy Vance RHP Stanford University Yes 1968-1973 MLB
3 Ron Cey 3B Washington State University Yes 1968-1987 MLB
4 Bruce Kinder SS Florida Southern College No
Pilots - 1969
1969-1970 A
5 Bill Seinsoth 1B University of Southern California No
Dodgers - 1969
1969 A
6 Ellsworth Jones LHP New York University No
7 Bob Randall SS Kansas State University No
Dodgers - 1969
1969-1980 MLB

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