1942 Brooklyn Dodgers season

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1942 Brooklyn Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)James & Dearie Mulvey, Brooklyn Trust Company
General manager(s)Larry MacPhail
Manager(s)Leo Durocher
Local radioWHN, WOR
Red Barber, Alan Hale
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The 1942 Brooklyn Dodgers team won 104 games in the season, but fell two games short of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League pennant race.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Dodgers were 73–30 and 10 games ahead on August 4, but the Cardinals went on to win 45 of their last 56 to grab the NL title. To exacerbate the problem, the Dodgers had also dropped several close games to St. Louis in September.

Defending NL batting champ Pete Reiser, hitting .380, was sidelined in mid-season after repeatedly crashing into the unpadded outfield wall in Ebbets Field. While he recovered from a fractured skull, Brooklyn could not keep up their early pace. A healthy Reiser may very well have made up the two-game difference.[9]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 106 48 0.688 60–17 46–31
Brooklyn Dodgers 104 50 0.675 2 57–22 47–28
New York Giants 85 67 0.559 20 47–31 38–36
Cincinnati Reds 76 76 0.500 29 38–39 38–37
Pittsburgh Pirates 66 81 0.449 36½ 41–34 25–47
Chicago Cubs 68 86 0.442 38 36–41 32–45
Boston Braves 59 89 0.399 44 33–36 26–53
Philadelphia Phillies 42 109 0.278 62½ 23–51 19–58

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1942 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 6–16 13–9 5–16–1 8–12 14–8 7–12–1 6–16
Brooklyn 16–6 16–6 15–7 14–8–1 18–4 16–6 9–13
Chicago 9–13 6–16 13–9 9–13–1 14–8 11–11 6–16
Cincinnati 16–5–1 7–15 9–13 9–13 16–6 12–9–1 7–15
New York 12–8 8–14–1 13–9–1 13–9 17–5 15–7 7–15
Philadelphia 8–14 4–18 8–14 6–16 5–17 6–13 5–17
Pittsburgh 12–7–1 6–16 11–11 9–12–1 7–15 13–6 8–14–2
St. Louis 16–6 13–9 16–6 15–7 15–7 17–5 14–8–2


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1942 Brooklyn 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; R = runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Mickey Owen 133 421 53 109 .259 0 44 10
1B Dolph Camilli 150 524 89 132 .252 26 109 10
2B Billy Herman 155 571 76 146 .256 2 65 6
3B Arky Vaughan 128 495 82 137 .277 2 49 8
SS Pee Wee Reese 151 564 87 144 .255 3 53 15
LF Joe Medwick 142 553 69 166 .300 4 96 2
CF Pete Reiser 125 480 89 149 .310 10 64 20
RF Dixie Walker 118 393 57 114 .290 6 54 1

Other batters[edit]

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

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Johnny Rizzo 78 217 31 50 .230 4 27 2
Augie Galan 69 209 24 55 .263 0 22 2
Lew Riggs 70 199 20 50 .278 3 22 0
Billy Sullivan 43 101 11 27 .267 1 14 1
Frenchy Bordagaray 48 58 11 14 .241 0 5 2
Alex Kampouris 10 21 3 5 .238 0 3 0
Babe Dahlgren 17 19 2 1 .053 0 0 0
Cliff Dapper 8 17 2 8 .471 1 9 0
Stan Rojek 1 0 1 0 .000 0 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; CG = Complete games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts

Player G GS CG IP W L ERA BB SO
Kirby Higbe 38 32 13 221.2 16 11 3.25 106 115
Whit Wyatt 31 30 16 217.1 19 7 2.73 63 104
Curt Davis 32 26 13 206 15 6 2.36 51 60
Bobo Newsom 6 5 2 32 2 2 3.38 14 21
Freddie Fitzsimmons 1 1 0 3 0 0 15.00 1 0

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; CG = Complete games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts

Player G GS CG IP W L ERA BB SO
Larry French 38 14 5 147.2 15 4 1.83 36 62
Ed Head 36 15 5 136.2 10 6 3.56 47 78
Johnny Allen 27 15 5 118 10 6 3.20 39 50
Max Macon 14 8 4 84 5 3 1.93 33 27
Les Webber 19 3 1 51.2 3 2 2.96 22 23
Schoolboy Rowe 9 2 0 30.1 1 0 5.34 12 6
Chet Kehn 3 1 0 7.2 0 0 7.04 4 3

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA BB SO
Hugh Casey 50 112 6 3 13 2.25 44 54
Newt Kimball 14 29.1 2 0 0 3.68 19 8
Bob Chipman 2 1.1 0 0 0 0.00 2 1

Awards and honors[edit]

League top five finishers[edit]

Dolph Camilli

  • #2 in NL in home runs (26)
  • #2 in NL in RBI (109)
  • #3 in NL in walks (97)

Hugh Casey

  • MLB leader in saves (13)

Curt Davis

  • #3 in NL in ERA (2.36)

Kirby Higbe

  • #3 in NL in strikeouts (115)

Ducky Medwick

  • #2 in NL in doubles (37)
  • #4 in NL in RBI (96)

Pistol Pete Reiser

  • NL leader in stolen bases (20)
  • #4 in NL in batting average (.310)

Farm System[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AA Montreal Royals International League Clyde Sukeforth
AA San Francisco Seals Pacific Coast League Lefty O'Doul
B Durham Bulls Piedmont League Bruno Betzel
C Santa Barbara Saints California League John Clancy
C Dayton Ducks Middle Atlantic League Paul Chervinko
Howard Holmes
William McWilliams
D Kingsport Dodgers Appalachian League Merle Settlemire
D Valdosta Trojans Georgia–Florida League Stew Hofferth
Clancy Odell
D Johnstown Johnnies Pennsylvania State Association Jay Kirke, Jr.
D Olean Oilers Pennsylvania–Ontario–New York League Jake Pitler
D Lamesa Dodgers West Texas–New Mexico League Joe Tate

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Santa Barbara

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