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1953 Brooklyn Dodgers

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1952 / 1954

105-49, Finished 1st in National League (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Chuck Dressen (105-49)
GM: Buzzie Bavasi
Scored 955 runs, Allowed 689 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 99-55

Ballparks: Ebbets Field · Attendance: 1,163,419 (2nd of 8)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 103, Pitching - 100 · one-year: Batting - 105, Pitching - 100

Postseason:  Lost World Series (4-2) to New York Yankees

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1952 / 1954 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from November 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

October 10, 1952

Traded Clyde King to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Dixie Howell and cash.

October 14, 1952

Traded Billy Hunter to the St. Louis Browns. Received Ray Coleman, Bob Mahoney, Stan Rojek and $95,000.

October 15, 1952

Released Tommy Holmes.

December 1, 1952

Frank Baldwin drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1952 rule 5 draft.

Roy Face drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1952 rule 5 draft.

George Freese drafted by the St. Louis Browns in the 1952 rule 5 draft.

December 2, 1952

Drafted Don Bessent from the New York Yankees in the 1952 minor league draft.

Joe Stanka selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 1952 minor league draft.

1953

Signed Sparky Anderson as an amateur free agent.

Signed Bob Darnell as an amateur free agent.

Signed Don Demeter as an amateur free agent.

Signed Fred Kipp as an amateur free agent.

Signed Larry Sherry as an amateur free agent.

Signed Dick Tracewski as an amateur free agent.

January 17, 1953

Traded Andy Pafko to the Milwaukee Braves. Received Roy Hartsfield and $50,000.

February 16, 1953

As part of a 4-team trade, traded Jim Pendleton to the Milwaukee Braves and Rocky Bridges to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Russ Meyer from the Philadelphia Phillies. In addition, the Milwaukee Braves sent cash to the Cincinnati Reds; the Milwaukee Braves sent Earl Torgeson to the Philadelphia Phillies; the Cincinnati Reds sent Joe Adcock to the Milwaukee Braves; ; and the Philadelphia Phillies sent cash to the Milwaukee Braves.

February 21, 1953

Sold Tom Lasorda to the St. Louis Browns.

March 26, 1953

The St. Louis Browns returned Tom Lasorda following previous purchase.

April 17, 1953 (Standings)

Sold Fred Waters to the Milwaukee Braves.

May 25, 1953 (Standings)

Traded Bud Byerly to the New York Giants. Received Norman Fox (minors).

May 26, 1953 (Standings)

Traded Carmen Mauro to the Washington Senators. Received Ken Wood.

July 10, 1953 (Standings)

Ralph Branca selected by the Detroit Tigers off waivers.

August, 1953 (Standings)

Ray Daviault received from Cocoa (Florida State) in an unknown transaction. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

August 18, 1953 (Standings)

Signed Dick Scott as an amateur free agent.

October 1, 1953 (Standings)

Sold Gale Wade to the Cleveland Indians.

Traded Rocky Nelson to the Cleveland Indians. Received Bill Abernathie and cash.

November 30, 1953

Spook Jacobs drafted by the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1953 rule 5 draft.

1954

Signed Don Drysdale as an amateur free agent.

Signed Don LeJohn as an amateur free agent.

Signed Chuck Templeton as an amateur free agent.

Signed Rene Valdes as an amateur free agent.

Signed Stan Williams as an amateur free agent.

February, 1954

Signed Roberto Clemente as an amateur free agent.

March 28, 1954

Traded Bobby Morgan to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Dick Young and $50,000.

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1952 / 1954 Trades and Transactions