1969 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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1969 Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Walter O'Malley
General manager(s) Al Campanis
Manager(s) Walter Alston
Local television KTTV (11)
Local radio KFI
Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett
Jose Garcia, Jaime Jarrín
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The 1969 Los Angeles Dodgers finished in fourth place in the new National League Western Division, eight games behind the Atlanta Braves. The Dodgers' record for 1969 was 85–77, which was nine wins better than 1968.


Regular season[edit]

After finishing 8th in 1967 and 7th in 1968, the Dodgers looked to improve in 1969 with the addition of youngsters Ted Sizemore, Bill Sudakis, and by obtaining Tom Haller in a trade. The Dodgers started fast and on June 10, they were in 2nd place at 31–22, 1 game back in a wild 5 team N.L. West race. On June 11, they reacquired Maury Wills in a trade, and obtained Manny Mota in the same deal for Ron Fairly and Paul Popovich. By July 16, they were in 1st place, and after beating the Mets on September 3, they were in second place, 1 game back. Centerfielder Willie Davis had just extended his club record 31 game hitting streak. They headed to San Diego to face the expansion Padres in a 4 game series and disaster struck. They scored 4 runs in 4 games, lost 4 in a row, and Davis had his hitting streak stopped in the first game. They left San Diego in 4th place, still only 2½ games out. They rebounded somewhat, and when they beat the Atlanta Braves on September 18, they were one-half game behind co-leaders Atlanta and the San Francisco Giants as they headed to San Francisco. The pressure of the season long 5 team pennant race got to this young team, as they lost 10 of their next 11 games, ultimately finishing 85–77, 8 games behind division winning Atlanta.


While they did not win the division, the 1969 Dodgers marked the start of a turnaround for the franchise. After finishing 8th and 7th in 1967 and 1968 respectively, they would not finish in the bottom half of the standings again until 1984. Ted Sizemore won the rookie of the year award, and other youngsters like Steve Garvey, Bill Russell, Von Joshua, Bobby Valentine, and Bill Buckner contributed in back up roles. Waiting in the wings in the minors were Ron Cey, Davey Lopes, Tom Paciorek, and manager Tommy Lasorda.

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L GB Pct.
Atlanta Braves 93 69 -- .574
San Francisco Giants 90 72 3 .556
Cincinnati Reds 89 73 4 .549
Los Angeles Dodgers 85 77 8 .525
Houston Astros 81 81 12 .500
San Diego Padres 52 110 41 .321

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day starters
Name Position
Willie Crawford Center fielder
Len Gabrielson Right fielder
Bill Sudakis Third baseman
Ron Fairly First baseman
Andy Kosco Left fielder
Tom Haller Catcher
Jim Lefebvre Second baseman
Ted Sizemore Shortstop
Don Drysdale Starting pitcher

Notable transactions[edit]


1969 Los Angeles Dodgers
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats[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
RF Kosco, AndyAndy Kosco 120 424 105 .248 19 74
CF Davis, WillieWillie Davis 129 498 155 .311 11 59

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


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
Brewer, JimJim Brewer 59 7 6 20 2.55 92
Mikkelsen, PetePete Mikkelsen 48 7 5 4 2.77 51

Awards and honors[edit]


Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League Tommy Lasorda
AA Albuquerque Dodgers Texas League Del Crandall
A Bakersfield Dodgers California League Don LeJohn
A Daytona Beach Dodgers Florida State League Bob Shaw
A Rogue Valley Dodgers Northwest League Bill Berrier
Rookie Ogden Dodgers Pioneer League Ray Malgradi

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Rogue Valley, Ogden

1969 Major League Baseball Draft[edit]

This was the fifth year of a Major League Baseball Draft. The Dodgers drafted 47 players in the June draft and 11 in the January draft.

The Dodgers first round selection in the June draft, High School Catcher Terry McDermott did make it to the Majors, in 1972, but played only 9 games.

The only player from this draft class who made any impact in the Majors was Lee Lacy, who was drafted twice this year... as a third baseman in the January draft and as a pitcher in the June draft. He was primarily an outfielder in the Majors, and played through 1987 with the Dodgers, Braves, Pirates and Orioles.



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