El Paso Dodgers
The El Paso Dodgers were members of the Texas League for one year, 1972. Managed by Monty Basgall and then Stan Wasiak, the Dodgers won the western division with a 78-62 record then swept the Alexandria Aces 3 games to 0 in the championship. El Paso had led the league with 647 runs scored and drew 108,158 fans, 4th in the TL. For a team that won so often, it is surprising that they had no All-Stars. P Rick Rhoden (6-4, 3.31, hit .286), 2B Lee Lacy (.371/~.421/.500 in 68 games) and 3B Jerry Royster (.257/~.324/.441, a team-high 18 HR, 25 SB) went on to the best major league careers. Dennis James (11-3, 1.84) fanned 167 in 137 innings while allowing 97 hits and finished 3 innings short of winning the ERA title. OF Wayne Burney (.315/~.392/.418) was second in the league in average while 1B Terry McDermott (.343/~.417/.551 in 81 games), like Lacy, did not play enough to qualify. In 1973 the team became a California Angels affiliate and returned to the traditional name for teams from El Paso, TX, the El Paso Sun Kings.
Source: 1973 Baseball Guide
|1972||78-62||2nd||Monty Basgall (31-30) / Stan Wasiak (47-32)||League Champs|