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[edit] 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers / Franchise: Los Angeles Dodgers / BR Team Page

Record: 95-67, Finished 1st in National League (1966 NL)

Won NL Pennant

Managed by Walter Alston

Ballpark: Dodger Stadium

[edit] History, Comments, Contributions

The 1966 Dodgers were led by phenomenal performances from pitchers Sandy Koufax (27-9) and Phil Regan (14-1 with 21 saves). The hitters are remembered as weak, but that doesn't factor in that they played in a strong pitchers' park. Their team batting average, in spite of playing in a pitchers' park, was fifth in the league.

Ron Fairly was the unsung hero, leading the regulars in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, although he had only 351 at-bats. Tommy Davis hit .313 in 100 games, although without much power. Jim Lefebvre and Lou Johnson led the team with 24 and 17 home runs respectively.

Don Sutton was a 21-year-old rookie, going 12-12, the start of a remarkable tenure of consistency and durability through 1980, before he was traded.

Koufax retired following the season due to chronic arm problems.

[edit] World Series

AL Baltimore Orioles (4) vs. NL Los Angeles Dodgers (0)
Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 Orioles – 5, Dodgers – 2 October 5 Dodger Stadium 55,941 2:56
2 Orioles – 6, Dodgers – 0 October 6 Dodger Stadium 55,947 2:26
3 Dodgers – 0, Orioles – 1 October 8 Memorial Stadium 54,445 1:55
4 Dodgers – 0, Orioles – 1 October 9 Memorial Stadium 54,458 1:45

[edit] Further Reading

  • Tom Adelman: Black and Blue: The Golden Arm, the Robinson Boys, and the 1966 World Series that Stunned America, Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY, 2006.

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