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1953 Brooklyn Dodgers season

1953 Brooklyn Dodgers
1953 National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Ebbets Field (since 1913)
  • Brooklyn, New York (since 1883)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Walter O'Malley
    Manager(s) Chuck Dressen
    Local television WOR-TV
    Local radio WMGM
    Red Barber, Connie Desmond, Vin Scully
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    The 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers repeated as National League champions by posting a 105–49 record, as of 2013 the best winning percentage in team history.[1] However, the Dodgers again failed to win the World Series, losing in six games to the New York Yankees.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Duke Snider had a hitting streak of 27 games.[7]

    Season standings

    National League W L GB Pct.
    Brooklyn Dodgers 105 49 -- .682
    Milwaukee Braves 92 62 13 .597
    Philadelphia Phillies 83 71 22 .539
    St. Louis Cardinals 83 71 22 .439
    New York Giants 70 84 35 .455
    Cincinnati Redlegs 68 86 37 .442
    Chicago Cubs 65 89 40 .422
    Pittsburgh Pirates 50 104 55 .325

    Opening Day lineup

    Opening Day Starters
    Name Position
    Jim Gilliam Second baseman
    Pee Wee Reese Shortstop
    Duke Snider Center fielder
    Jackie Robinson Third baseman
    Roy Campanella Catcher
    Don Thompson Left fielder
    Gil Hodges First baseman
    Carl Furillo Right fielder
    Carl Erskine Starting pitcher

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1953 Brooklyn Dodgers
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    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 Campanella, RoyRoy Campanella 144 519 162 .312 41 142
    1B Hodges, GilGil Hodges 141 520 157 .302 31 122
    2B Gilliam, JimJim Gilliam 151 605 168 .278 6 63
    3B Cox, BillyBilly Cox 100 327 95 .291 10 44
    SS Reese, Pee WeePee Wee Reese 140 524 142 .271 13 61
    OF Snider, DukeDuke Snider 153 590 198 .336 42 126
    OF Robinson, JackieJackie Robinson 136 484 159 .329 12 95
    OF Furillo, CarlCarl Furillo 132 479 165 .344 21 92

    Other batters

    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
    Morgan, BobbyBobby Morgan 69 196 51 .260 7 33
    Shuba, GeorgeGeorge Shuba 74 169 43 .254 5 23
    Belardi, WayneWayne Belardi 69 163 39 .239 11 34
    Thompson, DonDon Thompson 96 153 37 .242 1 12
    Walker, RubeRube Walker 43 95 23 .242 3 9
    Williams, DickDick Williams 30 55 12 .218 2 5
    Antonello, BillBill Antonello 40 43 7 .163 1 4
    Mauro, CarmenCarmen Mauro 8 9 0 .000 0 0
    Teed, DickDick Teed 1 1 0 .000 0 0
    Howell, DixieDixie Howell 1 1 0 .000 0 0

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Erskine, CarlCarl Erskine 39 246.2 20 6 3.54 187
    Meyer, RussRuss Meyer 34 191.1 15 5 4.56 106
    Loes, BillyBilly Loes 32 162.2 14 8 4.54 75
    Roe, PreacherPreacher Roe 25 157 11 3 4.36 85
    Moore, RayRay Moore 1 8 0 1 3.38 4

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Milliken, BobBob Milliken 37 117.2 8 4 3.37 65
    Podres, JohnnyJohnny Podres 33 115 9 4 4.23 82
    Mickens, GlennGlenn Mickens 4 6.1 0 1 11.37 5

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Hughes, JimJim Hughes 48 4 3 9 3.47 49
    Labine, ClemClem Labine 37 11 6 7 2.77 44
    Wade, BenBen Wade 32 7 5 3 3.79 65
    Black, JoeJoe Black 34 6 3 5 5.33 42
    Branca, RalphRalph Branca 7 0 0 0 9.82 5
    Palica, ErvErv Palica 4 0 0 0 12.00 3

    1953 World Series

    Main article: 1953 World Series

    Game 1

    September 30, 1953 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 5 12 2
    New York (A) 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 x 9 12 0
    W: Johnny Sain (1–0)   L: Clem Labine (0–1)
    HR: BROJim Gilliam (1), Gil Hodges (1), George Shuba (1)    NYYYogi Berra (1), Joe Collins (1)

    Game 2

    October 1, 1953 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 1
    New York (A) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 x 4 5 0
    W: Ed Lopat (1–0)   L: Preacher Roe (0–1)
    HR: NYYBilly Martin (1), Mickey Mantle (1)

    Game 3

    October 2, 1953 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    New York (A) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 6 0
    Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 x 3 9 0
    W: Carl Erskine (1–0)  L: Vic Raschi (0–1)
    HR: BRORoy Campanella (1)

    Game 4

    October 3, 1953 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    New York (A) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 9 0
    Brooklyn (N) 3 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 x 7 12 0
    W: Billy Loes (1–0)  L: Whitey Ford (0–1)   S: Clem Labine (1)
    HR: NYYGil McDougald (1)    BRODuke Snider (1)

    Game 5

    October 4, 1953 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    New York (A) 1 0 5 0 0 0 3 1 1 11 11 1
    Brooklyn (N) 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 1 7 14 1
    W: Jim McDonald (1–0)  L: Johnny Podres (0–1)   S: Allie Reynolds (1)
    HR: NYYGene Woodling (1), Mickey Mantle (2), Billy Martin (2), Gil McDougald (2)    BROBilly Cox (1), Jim Gilliam (1)

    Game 6

    October 5, 1953 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 8 3
    New York (A) 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 13 0
    W: Allie Reynolds (1–0)   L: Clem Labine (0–2)
    HR: BROCarl Furillo (1)

    Awards and honors

    All-Stars

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Montreal

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