1971 Los Angeles Dodgers
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 1971 Los Angeles Dodgers / Franchise: Los Angeles Dodgers / BR Team Page
Managed by Walter Alston
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The 1971 Dodgers finished only one game out of first place, behind the 1971 Giants. In spite of that, the Dodgers were never in first place during the 1971 season, and it would be three years before they would win the division, going from 1967-73 without a championship. When they finally did win in 1974, most of the players had turned over from this group.
Nevertheless, the 1971 Dodgers won 89 games and came very close. The hitters played in a pitcher's park, but were still third in the league in batting average. Dick Allen, in his only year with the Dodgers, led the team with 23 home runs, far above the # 2 home run hitter on the team, Jim Lefebvre with 12. Allen would go to the White Sox the following year to begin what was perhaps the most famous part of his career.
Young Steve Garvey was still at third base, and would continue to play third for one more year. First baseman Wes Parker, second baseman Jim Lefebvre, and shortstop Maury Wills would finish out their major league careers with the Dodgers in 1972.
For skipper Walter Alston, although he won 89 games, the winning percentage of .549 was slightly below his career percentage of .558.