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1969 Los Angeles Dodgers season

1969 Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Los Angeles (since 1958)
  • 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
    KWKW
    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.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    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.

    Impact

    While they didn't 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

    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

    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

    Roster

    1969 Los Angeles 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
    RF Kosco, AndyAndy Kosco 120 424 105 .248 19 74
    CF Davis, WillieWillie Davis 129 498 155 .311 11 59

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

    Awards and honors

    All-Stars

    Farm system

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    1969 Major League Baseball Draft

    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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