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[edit] 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers / Franchise: Los Angeles Dodgers / BR Team Page

Record: 88-68, Finished 1st in National League (1959 NL)

World Series Champs

Managed by Walter Alston

Ballpark: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

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Dodgers over White Sox (4-2)

On May 6, the Los Angeles Dodgers were in seventh place in the National League, but the club went on to win the World Series.

The 1959 Dodgers occupy a strange place in the history of the Dodgers. It was a team that won the Series, and yet the team had no one who hit 30+ home runs and no one who won 20 games. Dodger fans remember the great teams of the earlier 1950's with players such as Roy Campanella and Jackie Robinson, who had retired by 1959. While Duke Snider and Gil Hodges were still productive in 1959, their stats were not as impressive as earlier. Meanwhile, the 1959 Dodgers featured young players like Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Maury Wills, Frank Howard, and Tommy Davis, but each was to go on to greater fame in the 1960's.

The team had a Pythagorean record of 82-74, so they over-performed. The team was fortunate to have Wally Moon leading the league in triples and finishing third in on-base percentage, Charlie Neal who led the league in sacrifice hits and tied for the lead in triples, Jim Gilliam who led the league in walks, and Roger Craig, who was second in the league in winning percentage. Larry Sherry was also a key contributor.

While Chicago White Sox fans fondly remember their 1959 team which the Dodgers beat, Dodger fans are more likely to recall the 1955 or 1963 or 1965 Dodger teams. That is unfortunate, since the 1959 Dodgers were a team with quite a few good veterans, youngsters, and career-year players.

[edit] Further Reading

  • Brian M. Endsley: Bums No More: The 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers, World Champions of Baseball, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2009.


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