1953 Brooklyn Dodgers
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Won NL Pennant
Managed by Chuck Dressen
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Although they did not win the 1953 World Series, the 1953 Dodgers were the top Dodger team of the 1950's, winning 105 games in the regular season. They finished 13 games ahead of the second team in the league, the 1953 Braves.
The 1953 Dodgers were an awesome team, with Duke Snider hitting 42 home runs, MVP Roy Campanella with 41 home runs, Gil Hodges with 31 home runs, and Carl Furillo with 21. In terms of batting average, Furillo led the league with a .344, Snider hit .336, Jackie Robinson was at .329, and both Campy and Hodges were also over .300. Rookie Jim Gilliam led the league in triples, had 100 walks and was one of six players to score over 100 runs - the leader on the team being Snider with 132 runs scored. Pee Wee Reese led the team in stolen bases with 22, getting caught only 6 times.
Among lesser-known players on the team was 24-year-old Dick Williams, later to become much more famous as a major league manager.
The pitching staff was as awesome as the hitters. Nobody who appeared in more than 7 games had a losing record. Carl Erskine went 20-6, Russ Meyer was 15-5, Preacher Roe was 11-3, Billy Loes was 14-8, and a 20-year-old Johnny Podres went 9-4. Relievers included Jim Hughes with 9 saves and Clem Labine with 7 saves and an 11-6 record. Don Newcombe, who had won 20 games in 1951, was in the military in 1952-53 or the team might have won even more games.
Manager Chuck Dressen, who had also led the 1952 Dodgers to the pennant, did not return in 1954 due to a contract dispute. He went on to manage for many more years in the majors with other teams, but never again won a pennant.
 World Series
|1||Dodgers – 5, Yankees – 9||September 30||Yankee Stadium||69,374|
|2||Dodgers – 2, Yankees – 4||October 1||Yankee Stadium||66,786|
|3||Yankees – 2, Dodgers – 3||October 2||Ebbets Field||35,270|
|4||Yankees – 3, Dodgers – 7||October 3||Ebbets Field||36,775|
|5||Yankees – 11, Dodgers – 7||October 4||Ebbets Field||36,775|
|6||Dodgers – 3, Yankees – 4||October 5||Yankee Stadium||62,370|
 Further Reading
- Roger Kahn: The Boys of Summer, Perennial Classics, Harper Collins Publishers, New York, NY, 2000, pp. 166-182 (originally published in 1972).
- Rudy Marzano: The Last Years of the Brooklyn Dodgers: A History, 1950-1957, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2008.
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