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1967 Los Angeles Dodgers season

1967 Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Dodger Stadium (since 1962)
  • Los Angeles (since 1958)
  • 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

    Regular season

    File:Dodger Stadium 1967.jpg
    Dodgers vs. Reds at Dodger Stadium, 1967

    Season standings

    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

    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

    Roster

    1967 Los Angeles Dodgers
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Season Recap

    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 the Braves and missed two 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

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Other batters

    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

    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

    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
    Brewer, JimJim Brewer 30 100.2 5 4 2.68 74

    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

    Awards and honors

    All-Stars

    Farm system

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    1967 Major League Baseball Draft

    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.

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