Pitching Wins Games!
The pitching-rich Los Angeles Dodgers won two straight National League pennant flags and captured their third pennant in four years - 1963, 1965 and 1966, and won World Series rings in 1963 and 1965. The Dodgers' pitching staff registered a remarkable 2.62 ERA - the lowest in the major leagues since 1943, the War Years.
Los Angeles Dodgers - 1966 Roster and Stats Batting Stats:
Wes Parker .253 BA, 12Hr, 51RBIs in 156 Games... John Roseboro .276 BA, 9Hr, 53 RBIs in 142G... Willie Davis .284 BA, 11Hr, 61 RBIs in 153G... Ron Fairly .288, 14Hr, 61RBIs in 117G... Jim Lefebvre .274, 24Hr, 74 RBIs in 152G... Lou Johnson .272, 17Hr, 73 RBIs in 152G... Maury Wills .273, 1Hr, 39 RBIs in 143G... Tommy Davis .313, 3Hr, 27 RBIs in 100G... Jim Barbieri .280, 0Hr, 3 RBIs in 39G... Wes Covington .121, 1Hr, 6 RBIs in 37G... Al Ferrara .270, 5Hr, 23 RBIs in 63G... Jim Gilliam .217, 1Hr, 16 RBIs in 88G... Tom Hutton .000, 0 RBIs in 3G... John Kennedy .201, 3Hr, 24 RBIs in 125G... Jeff Torborg .225, 1Hr, 13 RBIs in 46G... Dick Stuart .264, 3Hr, 9 RBIs in 38G... Bart Shirley .200, 0 RBIs in 12G... Willie Crawford .000, 0 RBIs in 6G... Jim Campanis .000, 0 RBIs in 1G... Darrell Griffith .067, 0Hr, 2 RBIs in 23G... Nate Oliver .193, 0Hr, 3 RBIs in 80G... Dick Schofield .257, 0Hr, 4 RBIs in 20G...
1966 LA Dodgers Player Profiles:
* Johnny Roseboro Catcher - defensively he rates among the top backstops in baseball history... his strong throwing arm compliments his ability to frame pitches and he won six Gold Gloves. He debuted with the Dodgers in '57, their last year in Brooklyn, and the next season became their number one catcher. The left-handed batting Roseboro hit a career-high 18 home runs and 59 RBIs in 1961. He lined a career-best 24 doubles and batted .287 in '64. For the 1966 pennant winning Dodgers, the well-regarded Catcher hit a solid .276, with 123 hits in 445 at-bats.
* Ron Fairly Outfielder - he's been one of the most consistent hitters since debuting with Los Angeles in 1958. He was one of the stars in the 1965 World Series against Minnesota - hitting .379 and leading both teams with 6 RBIs. A hard man to strike out, he fanned just 38 times in 117 games in 1966 and batted .288, lined 20 doubles, hit 14 home runs and drove in 61 runs... In his 21-year major league career, Ron Fairly collected 1,913 hits, a .266 batting mark, lined 307 doubles, 215 homers, 1,052 walks, 877 strike outs in 7,184 at-bats.
* Jim Lefebvre Second Baseman - the hustling infielder had a career year in his rookie season of 1965. The switch-hitter led the team in homers with 12, drove in 69 runs and was voted the Rookie of the Year, and hit a robust .400 in the 1965 World Series... Lefebvre followed that season with a team-highs in homers with 24 and in RBIs with 74, and also lined 23 doubles, complied a fine .336 on-base-pct and scored 69 runs.
* Bill Singer, Pitcher, Right-handed - he signed with the Dosdgers for a bonus of $50,000 in 1961... the 6ft, 4inch won 14 games and led the league with 17 complete games for Spokane in 1965... scouts rate: - throws moving fastball... has fine control... could be star performer in near future... In '66 Singer was called up from the minors late in the season - appeared in relief in 3 games, fanned 4 in 4 innings, yielded 2 hits, no runs. '
* Jimmy Campanis, Catcher, Right-handed - a solid defensive catcher in the minor league... he's being counted on to replace veteran Dodger backstop, John Roseboro, in future years... Campanis hit .302 and .301 in the minors - 1963-64... he got into one game for the pennant winning Dodgers this season - 1966. Baseballhistorian.com - The History of Baseball
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