1969 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1969 Los Angeles Dodgers finished in fourth place in the new National League Western Division, eight games behind the Atlanta Braves. The Dodgers' record for 1969 was 85–77, which was nine wins better than 1968.

1969 Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Walter O'Malley, James Mulvey
General manager(s)Al Campanis
Manager(s)Walter Alston
Local televisionKTTV (11)
Local radioKFI
Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett
KWKW
Jose Garcia, Jaime Jarrín
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Offseason

Regular season

After finishing 8th in 1967 and 7th in 1968, the Dodgers looked to improve in 1969 with the addition of youngsters Ted Sizemore, Bill Sudakis, and by obtaining Tom Haller in a trade. The Dodgers started fast and on June 10, they were in 2nd place at 31–22, 1 game back in a wild 5 team N.L. West race. On June 11, they reacquired Maury Wills in a trade, and obtained Manny Mota in the same deal for Ron Fairly and Paul Popovich. By July 16, they were in 1st place, and after beating the Mets on September 3, they were in second place, 1 game back. Centerfielder Willie Davis had just extended his club record 31 game hitting streak. They headed to San Diego to face the expansion Padres in a 4-game series and disaster struck. They scored 4 runs in 4 games, lost 4 in a row, and Davis had his hitting streak stopped in the first game. They left San Diego in 4th place, still only 2½ games out. They rebounded somewhat, and when they beat the Atlanta Braves on September 18, they were one-half game behind co-leaders Atlanta and the San Francisco Giants as they headed to San Francisco. The pressure of the season long 5 team pennant race got to this young team, as they lost 10 of their next 11 games, ultimately finishing 85–77, 8 games behind division winning Atlanta.

Impact

While they did not win the division, the 1969 Dodgers marked the start of a turnaround for the franchise. After finishing 8th and 7th in 1967 and 1968 respectively, they would not finish in the bottom half of the standings again until 1984. Ted Sizemore won the rookie of the year award, and other youngsters like Steve Garvey, Bill Russell, Von Joshua, Bobby Valentine, and Bill Buckner contributed in back up roles. Waiting in the wings in the minors were Ron Cey, Davey Lopes, Tom Paciorek, and manager Tommy Lasorda.

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 93 69 0.574 50–31 43–38
San Francisco Giants 90 72 0.556 3 52–29 38–43
Cincinnati Reds 89 73 0.549 4 50–31 39–42
Los Angeles Dodgers 85 77 0.525 8 50–31 35–46
Houston Astros 81 81 0.500 12 52–29 29–52
San Diego Padres 52 110 0.321 41 28–53 24–57

Record vs. opponents

1969 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 3–9 12–6 15–3 9–9 8–4 4–8 6–6 8–4 13–5 9–9 6–6
Chicago 9–3 6–6–1 8–4 6–6 10–8 8–10 12–6 7–11 11–1 6–6 9–9
Cincinnati 6–12 6–6–1 9–9 10–8 8–4 6–6 10–2 5–7 11–7 10–8 8–4
Houston 3–15 4–8 9–9 6–12 11–1 10–2 8–4 3–9 10–8 10–8 7–5
Los Angeles 9–9 6–6 8–10 12–6 10–2 4–8 8–4 8–4 12–6 5–13 3–9
Montreal 4–8 8–10 4–8 1–11 2–10 5–13 11–7 5–13 4–8 1–11 7–11
New York 8–4 10–8 6–6 2–10 8–4 13–5 12–6 10–8 11–1 8–4 12–6
Philadelphia 6-6 6–12 2–10 4–8 4–8 7–11 6–12 10–8 8–4 3–9 7–11
Pittsburgh 4–8 11–7 7–5 9–3 4–8 13–5 8–10 8–10 10–2 5–7 9–9
San Diego 5–13 1–11 7–11 8–10 6–12 8–4 1–11 4–8 2–10 6–12 4–8
San Francisco 9–9 6–6 8–10 8–10 13–5 11–1 4–8 9–3 7–5 12–6 3–9
St. Louis 6–6 9–9 4–8 5–7 9–3 11–7 6–12 11–7 9–9 8–4 9–3

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day starters
Name Position
Willie Crawford Center fielder
Len Gabrielson Right fielder
Bill Sudakis Third baseman
Ron Fairly First baseman
Andy Kosco Left fielder
Tom Haller Catcher
Jim Lefebvre Second baseman
Ted Sizemore Shortstop
Don Drysdale Starting pitcher

Notable transactions

Roster

1969 Los Angeles Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
RF Andy Kosco 120 424 105 .248 19 74
CF Willie Davis 129 498 155 .311 11 59

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Jim Brewer 59 7 6 20 2.55 92
Pete Mikkelsen 48 7 5 4 2.77 51

Awards and honors

All-Stars

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League Tommy Lasorda
AA Albuquerque Dodgers Texas League Del Crandall
A Bakersfield Dodgers California League Don LeJohn
A Daytona Beach Dodgers Florida State League Bob Shaw
A Rogue Valley Dodgers Northwest League Bill Berrier
Rookie Ogden Dodgers Pioneer League Ray Malgradi

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Rogue Valley, Ogden

1969 Major League Baseball Draft

This was the fifth year of a Major League Baseball Draft. The Dodgers drafted 47 players in the June draft and 11 in the January draft.

The Dodgers first round selection in the June draft, High School Catcher Terry McDermott did make it to the Majors, in 1972, but played only 9 games.

The only player from this draft class who made any impact in the Majors was Lee Lacy, who was drafted twice this year... as a third baseman in the January draft and as a pitcher in the June draft. He was primarily an outfielder in the Majors, and played through 1987 with the Dodgers, Braves, Pirates and Orioles.

Notes

  1. ^ Bob Bailey page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Pete Mikkelsen page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Mike Kekich page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Jim Campanis page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Ted Savage page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Tommy Dean page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Dodgers finally bring Wills back home
  8. ^ Chuck Goggin page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Jack Jenkins page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ 1969 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB January Draft-Regular Phase
  11. ^ 1969 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase
  12. ^ 1969 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
  13. ^ 1969 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Draft-Secondary Phase

References

External links

1969 Draft Picks

January draft

[10]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Michael Kimbrell 2B Yes 1969–1970 A
2 Lee Lacy 3B Laney College No
Dodgers – June 1969
1969–1987 MLB
3 Carl Salyers RHP Southwestern Christian Junior College No
4 Bob O'Brien LHP Fresno City College No
Dodgers – June 1969
1969–1974 MLB
5 Dean Voegerl LHP Trinidad State Junior College No
6 Dave Maas 2B Fullerton College No

January Secondary phase

[11]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Pat Harrison INF University of Southern California No
2 William Camp RHP Oklahoma State University No
Cubs – 1970
1970 AA
3 George Pugh LHP Mesa Community College No
4 William Ferguson 1B Texas Christian University No
Reds – 1969 June
1969–1972 AAA
5 George Putz 1B Springfield College No
Cardinals – 1969 June
1969–1973 AAA

June draft

[12]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Terry McDermott C St. Agnes High School Yes 1969–1976 MLB
2 Lee Lacy LHP Putnam City High School Yes 1969–1987 MLB
3 Al Dawson OF Lyndhurst High School Yes 1968–1972 AAA
4 Bob O'Brien OF Texas A&M University Yes 1969–1974 MLB
5 Mark Mechuk RHP St. Bernard High School No
6 Stan Wall LHP Raytown South High School Yes 1969–1978 MLB
7 James Cardasis OF New York University Yes 1969–1971 A
8 Kenneth Bruno SS Cliffside Park High School Yes 1969 A-
9 Larry President LHP Temple High School Yes 1969–1975 AAA
10 Ronald Mitchell OF Aqua Fria High School Yes 1969–1980 AAA
11 John Hughes 1B Parkwood High School Yes 1969–1973 AA
12 Stanley Russell RHP Villa Park High School Yes 1969–1972 A
13 Ronald Dolan 2B Seton Hall University No
14 Arthur Pauls RHP Lewis University Yes 1969–1971 A
15 Roy Staiger SS Bacone College No
Mets – 1970
1970–1980 MLB
16 Jimmy Page RHP Hardesty High School No
17 Edgar Bellamy SS Fort Cobb High School No
18 Mark Pastrovich LHP Mascoutah High School No
Twins – 1970
1970 A
19 Anthony Blakley SS Sullivan West High School No
Pirates – 1971
1971 Rookie
20 Donald Sweetland C Saddleback College No
21 Joseph Szewczyk 1B New York University Yes 1969 Rookie
22 Royle Stillman OF North Torrance High School Yes 1969–1981 MLB
23 Manuel Washington OF Mississippi State University Yes 1969–1972 AA
24 David Allen LHP California Western University Yes 1970–1974 AAA
25 William Owen 3B Willington High School No
26 Jim Fuller OF San Diego City College No
Orioles – 1970
1970–1978 MLB
27 Johnny Hatcher RHP Andrews High School No
28 Harry Chapman RHP Sarasota High School No
29 George Horman C Crawford High School No
30 Nick Devirgilis OF Sarasota High School No
31 Jeffrey Hogan SS Florida State University No
Tigers – 1970
1970–1973 AA
32 Raymond Ippolito SS New York University No
33 Robert Cox RHP Southeast High School No
34 Vincent D'amico 1B University of Albuquerque Yes 1969 A-
35 Jerry Arnold LHP Woodward High School No
36 William Wyles LHP New Mexico Military Institute No
37 Gary Granville OF El Camino College No
Angels – 1970
1970–1973 A
38 Johnny Rodgers INF Tech High School No
39 Gary Erskine OF Anderson High School No
40 Dennis Haren OF Bishop Montgomery High School Yes 1969–1974 AA
41 Rod Boone C Crawford High School No
Royals – 1972
1972–1975 AAA
42 Robert Sicilia OF John R. Rogers High School Yes 1969 A-
43 Robert Payne OF University of California, Riverside Yes 1969 A-

June secondary phase

[13]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Bill Seinsoth 1B University of Southern California Yes 1969 A
2 Bob Randall SS Kansas State University Yes 1969–1980 MLB
3 Steven Wilmet LHP St. Norbert College Yes 1969 A-
4 Randall Bayer OF Mesa Community College Yes 1969–1972 A
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