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[edit] 1967 Los Angeles Dodgers / Franchise: Los Angeles Dodgers / BR Team Page

Record: 73-89, Finished 8th in National League (1967 NL)

Managed by Walter Alston

Ballpark: Dodger Stadium

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The 1967 Dodgers finished eighth, 28 1/2 games out of first place. At 73-89, it was their worst finish in the period 1959-85. And the second dead-ball era struck them with a vengeance, at the same time as the park became even more of a pitcher's park in 1967. The team batting average was .236, tenth in the league.

Sandy Koufax had retired in 1966 and was replaced in the starting rotation by Bill Singer, who went 12-8 with a 2.64 ERA, not bad for an eighth place team. Don Drysdale had an ERA of 2.74, good for eighth in the league. Claude Osteen went 17-17 to lead the team in wins.

Ron Perranoski led the relievers with 16 saves and a 2.45 ERA in 70 games. Rookie Alan Foster, at age 20 the youngest player on the team, appeared in four games with a 2.16 ERA.

The second youngest player on the team was Willie Crawford, also age 20 but already in his fourth major league season.

Al Ferrara had the best batting average on the team at .277 and the best slugging percentage at .467, leading the team with 16 home runs in 347 at-bats. Evidencing that it was the second dead-ball era, 55 RBI by Ron Fairly was enough to lead the team. Willie Davis led the team in runs scored with 65 and in stolen bases with 20.

Johnny Roseboro was the team's oldest player at age 34. He had broken into the majors in 1957, a decade earlier, when the team was playing its last season in Brooklyn. Don Drysdale was the only other remaining player from that team.


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