1971 Los Angeles Dodgers
1971 Los Angeles Dodgers / Franchise: Los Angeles Dodgers / BR Team Page
Managed by Walter Alston
History, Comments, Contributions
The 1971 Los Angeles Dodgers finished only one game out of first place, behind the San Francisco 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 to 1973 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 National 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 be traded to the Chicago White Sox after the season to begin what was perhaps the most famous part of his career.
Young Steve Garvey was still a third baseman, 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.
Awards and Honors
- All-Star: Willie Davis
- NL Comeback Player of the Year: Al Downing
- NL Gold Glove: Willie Davis (OF) and Wes Parker (1B)
- Topps All-Star Rookie Team: Bill Buckner (OF)