1976 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1976 Los Angeles Dodgers finished the season in second place in the western division of the National League. The big news was when long-time manager of two decades Walter Alston resigned abruptly near the end of the season and was replaced by Tommy Lasorda who would manage the team for two decades himself.

1976 Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Walter O'Malley
General manager(s)Al Campanis
Manager(s)Walter Alston, Tommy Lasorda
Local televisionKTTV (11)
Local radioKABC
Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett
XEGM
Jaime Jarrín, Rudy Hoyos
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Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 102 60 0.630 49–32 53–28
Los Angeles Dodgers 92 70 0.568 10 49–32 43–38
Houston Astros 80 82 0.494 22 46–36 34–46
San Francisco Giants 74 88 0.457 28 40–41 34–47
San Diego Padres 73 89 0.451 29 42–38 31–51
Atlanta Braves 70 92 0.432 32 34–47 36–45

Record vs. opponents

1976 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 6–6 6–12 7–11 8–10 8–4 4–8 5–7 3–9 10–8 9–9 4–8
Chicago 6–6 3–9 5–7 3–9 11–7 5–13 8–10 8–10 6–6 8–4 12–6
Cincinnati 12–6 9–3 12–6 13–5 9–3 6–6 5–7 8–4 13–5 9–9 6–6
Houston 11–7 7–5 6–12 5–13 10–2 6–6 4–8 2–10 10–8 10–8 9–3
Los Angeles 10–8 9–3 5–13 13–5 10–2 7–5 5–7 9–3 6–12 8–10 10–2
Montreal 4–8 7–11 3–9 2–10 2–10 8–10 3–15 8–10 4–8 7–5 7–11
New York 8–4 13–5 6–6 6–6 5–7 10–8 5–13 10–8 7–5 7–5 9–9
Philadelphia 7-5 10–8 7–5 8–4 7–5 15–3 13–5 8–10 8–4 6–6 12–6
Pittsburgh 9–3 10–8 4–8 10–2 3–9 10–8 8–10 10–8 7–5 9–3 12–6
San Diego 8–10 6–6 5–13 8–10 12–6 8–4 5–7 4–8 5–7 8–10 4–8
San Francisco 9–9 4–8 9–9 8–10 10–8 5–7 5–7 6–6 3–9 10–8 5–7
St. Louis 8–4 6–12 6–6 3–9 2–10 11–7 9–9 6–12 6–12 8–4 7–5

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day starters
Name Position
Bill Buckner Left fielder
Ted Sizemore Second baseman
Dusty Baker Center fielder
Steve Garvey First baseman
Ron Cey Third baseman
Joe Ferguson Right fielder
Steve Yeager Catcher
Bill Russell Shortstop
Don Sutton Starting pitcher

Notable transactions

Roster

1976 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
C Steve Yeager 117 359 77 .214 11 35
1B Steve Garvey 162 631 200 .317 13 80
2B Davey Lopes 117 427 103 .241 4 20
3B Ron Cey 145 502 139 .277 23 60
SS Bill Russell 149 554 152 .274 5 65
LF Bill Buckner 154 642 193 .301 7 60
CF Dusty Baker 112 384 93 .242 4 39
RF Reggie Smith 65 225 63 .280 10 26

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
Ted Sizemore 84 266 64 .241 0 18
Joe Ferguson 54 185 41 .222 6 18
Ed Goodson 83 118 27 .229 3 17
Ellie Rodríguez 36 66 14 .212 0 9
Danny Walton 18 15 2 .133 0 2

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
Burt Hooton 33 226.2 11 15 3.26 116
Tommy John 31 207 10 10 3.09 91

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
Al Downing 17 46.2 1 2 3.86 30

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
Charlie Hough 77 12 8 18 2.21 81
Elías Sosa 24 2 4 1 3.48 20

Awards and honors

All-Stars

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League Stan Wasiak
AA Waterbury Dodgers Eastern League Don LeJohn
A Lodi Dodgers California League James B. Williams
A Danville Dodgers Midwest League Dick McLaughlin
Rookie Bellingham Dodgers Northwest League Bill Berrier

1976 Major League Baseball draft

The Dodgers drafted 41 players in the June draft and 14 in the January draft. Of those, ten players would eventually play in the Major Leagues.

The top draft pick in the June draft was catcher Mike Scioscia from Springfield High School in Pennsylvania. He would be the Dodgers starting catcher from 1980–1992 and was a 2-time All-Star and 2-time World Series Champion with the Dodgers. After his playing career ended he became the manager of the Anaheim Angels and would win another World Series as their manager in 2002.

Notes

  1. ^ Jimmy Wynn at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Bob Randall at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Willie Crawford at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Ken McMullen at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Orlando Alvarez at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ Joe Ferguson at Baseball-Reference
  7. ^ Mike Marshall at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ "Hutch Award". www.baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  9. ^ Geisler Young, LLC -. "1976 All-Star Game". www.baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  10. ^ 1976 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB January Draft-Regular Phase
  11. ^ 1976 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase
  12. ^ 1976 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
  13. ^ 1976 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Draft-Secondary Phase

References

External links

1976 Draft Picks

January draft

[10]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Michael Wetklow OF Sacramento City College No
2 Dave Patterson RHP Cerritos College Yes 1976–1982 MLB
3 Paul Bain RHP El Camino College Yes 1976–1981 AAA
4 Mookie Wilson OF Spartanburg Methodist College No
Mets-1977
1977–1991 MLB
5 Timothy DeWald RHP Cypress College No
6 Robert Weis RHP Sacramento City College No
7 Mark Garber RHP Antelope Valley College No
8 Richard Barnhart RHP Green River Community College No
Indians-1978
1979–1980 A
9 Rickey Lear RHP Valencia Community College No
Reds-1976
1976–1977 A
10 Robert Benda SS Palm Beach Community College No
Tigers-1978
1978–1979 A
11 Charles Young RHP Los Angeles Pierce College No

January Secondary phase

[11]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Jack Lawson RHP Phoenix College Yes 1976 A-
2 Charles Dorgan LHP Green River Community College Yes 1976–1978 A
3 Larry Buckle RHP Long Beach City College No
Reds-1978
1978–1984 AA

June draft

[12]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Mike Scioscia C Springfield High School Yes 1976–1994 MLB
2 Don Ruzek SS Lakewood High School Yes 1976–1985 AA
3 Max Venable OF Cordova High School Yes 1976–1993 MLB
4 George Kunkler LHP University of Oklahoma Yes 1976–1977 AA
5 Ted Power RHP Kansas State University Yes 1976–1998 MLB
6 Mike Howard OF Sacramento High School Yes 1976–1984 MLB
7 Kelly Snider 1B University of Oklahoma Yes 1976–1982 AAA
8 Robert Kownacki SS Fairfield University Yes 1976 A
9 Charles Phillips LHP University of Southern California Yes 1976–1980 AAA
10 Bill Swoope C Norfolk Catholic High School Yes 1976–1981 AA
11 William Martin RHP William Carey College Yes 1976–1978 A
12 Jimmie Giles OF Alcorn State University Yes 1976 A-
13 James Peterson RHP Arizona State University Yes 1976–1977 A
14 Douglas Elliott 2B Fullerton Union High School No
Mets-1979
1979 A-
15 Keith MacWhorter RHP Bryant College Yes 1976–1984 MLB
16 Jack Perconte 2B Murray State University Yes 1976–1987 MLB
17 Miguel Rodriguez RHP Adlai Stevenson High School Yes 1976 A-
18 Timothy Jones C Wooster High School Yes 1976–1978 A
19 Eric Schmidt LHP Mission Viejo High School Yes 1976–1979 A
20 Dan Henry 3B Loyola Marymount University Yes 1976–1978 A
21 Jeff Albert RHP Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus Yes 1976–1979 AA
22 Bob Amico 1B University at Buffalo, State University of New York Yes 1976 A
23 Richard Martini OF University of California, Davis No
24 Mickey Lashley RHP University of Oklahoma Yes 1977–1979 AA
25 José Martínez SS South San Francisco High School No
26 George Kaage 1B Kankakee Community College Yes 1976–1978 A
27 Mark Kryka RHP Antigo High School Yes 1976–1978 A
28 Steven Silagi RHP El Rancho High School No
29 Mickey Martin C Grant High School No
30 Douglas Foster OF Compton High School Yes 1976–1978 A
31 Bubba Holland RHP South Florence High School No
Astros-1978
1978–1985 AAA
32 Stephen Nelson RHP Wilson High School No
33 Jeff Hunter 3B Millard High School No
Red Sox-1980
1980–1982 A
34 Mark Wychopen C South Houston High School No
35 Scott Fletcher SS Wadsworth High School No
Cubs-1979
1979–1995 MLB
36 Bruce Scheidegger 3B Chadwick High School No
37 Donald Brodell OF University of Arkansas at Little Rock Yes 1976–1977 A
38 James Riedel RHP University at Buffalo, State University of New York No
39 Gerald Snow RHP Madras High School No

June secondary phase

[13]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Joe Ferri OF Pasadena City College No
2 Mike Walters RHP Chaffey College No
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