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[edit] 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers / Franchise: Los Angeles Dodgers / BR Team Page

Record: 97-60, Finished 2nd in National League (1951 NL)

Managed by Chuck Dressen

Ballpark: Ebbets Field

[edit] History, Comments, Contributions

The 1951 Dodgers are remembered for losing the playoff to the 1951 Giants, but what is less remembered is that the Giants played well to catch them in September. The Dodgers had led the Giants by 13 games on August 11, 1951. They spent 120 days of the season in first place.

In fact, they hadn't played terribly in September, going 14-13. The Giants, however, went 20-9 in August and 20-5 in September (and 2-1 in October).

The Dodgers were first in the league in most offensive categories. Gil Hodges had 40 homers and Roy Campanella had 33. Campanella, who hit .325, was MVP even though his team did not go to the 1951 World Series.

Jackie Robinson hit .338, and every starter except Pee Wee Reese slugged over .400. Even Reese had 10 homers and 84 RBI.

The pitching staff had two 20-game winners in Don Newcombe and Preacher Roe (who went 22-3). Clyde King went 14-7 in a relief role with 6 saves. Carl Erskine was a reliever in half his starts, going 16-12 with 4 saves.

There was a big trade in mid-season when the Dodgers picked up Andy Pafko. Between the 1951 Cubs and the Dodgers, Pafko hit 30 home runs.

Although the Dodgers did not go the Series, their 97 victories equalled their total in 1949, and was the best the team had done since 1942.

[edit] Further Reading

  • Rudy Marzano: The Last Years of the Brooklyn Dodgers: A History, 1950-1957, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2008.
  • Joshua Prager: The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca and the Shot Heard Round the World, Pantheon Books, New York, NY, 2006.


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