Left Field 343 Feet to Home Plate... Centerfield 393 Feet... Right Field 297 Feet Second Place finish in the then eight team National League - 89-65 record... First in the NL in team batting - .272... 1st in runs scored with 847... 1st with 1461 hits... 1st in total bases with 2382... 1st with 194 home runs... 1st with 774 RBIs... 1st with 77 stolen bases... 1st in team fielding with .979 pct... 1st with 183 defensive double plays... Pitching - 4.24 ERA (5th)
The 1950 Brooklyn Dodgers led the league in double-header standings, winning 8 twin bills, losing just two, dividing 4.
The 'Bums' ranked first in shutout game victories, winning 10, while being shutout just 3 times.
Owners and Management: Walter F. O'Malley, President... Emil Bavasi, Vice-President... Fresco Thompson, Vice-Pres... Jack Collins, Business Manager... Harold Parrott, Traveling Secretary Manager Chuck Dressen... Coaches Harry Cookie Lavagetto... Jake Pitler... Clyde Sukeforth... Trainer - Dr. Harold Wendler
Billy Cox at third base... Pee Wee Reese at short... Jackie Robinson at second... Gil Hodges at first base... Gene Hermanski in left field... Duke Snider in center... Carl Furillo in right... Roy Campanella catcher... and Preacher Roe, Don Newcombe, Ralph Branka, Erv Palica, Carl Erskine and Don Bankhead leading the pitching staff
By far the most talented team in the National League... Boy, these guys could really play baseball...
Outfield: - Rates as one of the finest in this or any era.
* Duke Snider - his demolition bat was super-charged again in '50, exploding for a .321 batting average, for 31 doubles, 10 triples, 31 homers, 109 runs scored and 107 RBIs... he showed his skeptics that is throwing arm was indeed the best in baseball - between games of a double-header, Snider threw a baseball from behind 3rd base onto the roof of the upper deck of the right-center field stands... posted a .982 fielding pct with 15 assists.
* Gene Hermanski - although nagged by ailments, the left-handed batting, left-fielder hit a solid .298 in 289 at-bats, spanning 94 games.... and, made just 2 errors and had 5 assists.
* Carl Furillo - well-regarded as top-notch right-fielder, his throwing arm ranks as one of the best in baseball history - made a resounding 18 assists in 1950... the muscular 5-ft, 11-inch, 189-pounder batted .305, with 30 doubles 6Ts and 18 homers, with 99 runs, and 106 RBIs. * Jim Russell - the Bums' fourth outfielder - although he was winding down his 10-year major league career, 1942-1951, he still could swiftly run down fly balls hit into the outfield gaps. A career .267 batter, his average tailed off to .229 in '50.
* George Shuba - a heavy hitter, he blasted 13 extra base hits in just 111 at-bats, 8Ds, 2Ts, 3 Hrs, batted .207... his nickname Shotgun Shuba still rings in the hearts and minds of fans of this era.
* Cal Abrams, Brooklyn Dodgers Outfielder, LH - a rookie in 1950, he was called up from St Paul in time to play in 38 games, mainly as a pinch-hitter... Abrams hit .205 with 1 double in 44 at-bats.
Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Players
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