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1968 Los Angeles Dodgers season

1968 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 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

    Regular season

    Season standings

    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

    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

    Roster

    1968 Los Angeles Dodgers
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders 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 Haller, TomTom Haller 144 474 135 .285 4 53
    SS Versalles, ZoiloZoilo Versalles 122 403 79 .196 2 24

    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

    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

    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
    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

    All-Stars

    Farm system

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    1968 Major League Baseball Draft

    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.

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