1979 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1979 Los Angeles Dodgers finished the season in third place in the Western Division of the National League. Near the end of the season, owner Walter O'Malley died and the ownership of the team went to his son Peter.

1979 Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Walter O'Malley
General manager(s)Al Campanis
Manager(s)Tommy Lasorda
Local televisionKTTV (11)
Local radioKABC
Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett, Ross Porter
KTNQ
Jaime Jarrín, Rudy Hoyos
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Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 90 71 0.559 48–32 42–39
Houston Astros 89 73 0.549 52–29 37–44
Los Angeles Dodgers 79 83 0.488 11½ 46–35 33–48
San Francisco Giants 71 91 0.438 19½ 38–43 33–48
San Diego Padres 68 93 0.422 22 39–42 29–51
Atlanta Braves 66 94 0.412 23½ 34–45 32–49

Record vs. opponents

1979 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 4–8 6–12 7–11 12–6 1–9 4–8 7–5 4–8 6–12 11–7 4–8
Chicago 8–4 7–5 6–6 5–7 6–12 8–10 9–9 6–12 9–3 8–4 8–10
Cincinnati 12–6 5–7 8–10 11–7 6–6 8–4 8–4 8–4 10–7 6–12 8–4
Houston 11–7 6–6 10–8 10–8 7–5 9–3 5–7 4–8 14–4 7–11 6–6
Los Angeles 6–12 7–5 7–11 8–10 6–6 9–3 3–9 4–8 9–9 14–4 6–6
Montreal 9–1 12–6 6–6 5–7 6–6 15–3 11–7 7–11 7–5 7–5 10–8
New York 8–4 10–8 4–8 3–9 3–9 3–15 5–13 8–10–1 4–8 8–4 7–11
Philadelphia 5-7 9–9 4–8 7–5 9–3 7–11 13–5 8–10 9–3 6–6 7–11–1
Pittsburgh 8–4 12–6 4–8 8–4 8–4 11–7 10–8–1 10–8 7–5 9–3 11–7
San Diego 12–6 3–9 7–10 4–14 9–9 5–7 8–4 3–9 5–7 8–10 4–8
San Francisco 7–11 4–8 12–6 11–7 4–14 5–7 4–8 6–6 3–9 10–8 5–7
St. Louis 8–4 10–8 4–8 6–6 6–6 8–10 11–7 11–7–1 7–11 8–4 7–5

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Davey Lopes Second baseman
Bill Russell Shortstop
Reggie Smith Right fielder
Steve Garvey First baseman
Ron Cey Third baseman
Dusty Baker Left fielder
Rick Monday Center fielder
Steve Yeager Catcher
Burt Hooton Starting pitcher

Notable transactions

Roster

1979 Los Angeles Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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
2B Davey Lopes 153 582 154 .265 28 73

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
Gary Thomasson 115 315 78 .248 14 45

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
Joe Beckwith 17 1 2 2 4.34 28

Awards and honors

All-Stars

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League Del Crandall
AA San Antonio Dodgers Texas League Don LeJohn
A Lodi Dodgers California League Stan Wasiak
A Clinton Dodgers Midwest League Dick McLaughlin
Rookie Lethbridge Dodgers Pioneer League Gail Henley

Teams in BOLD won League Championships

Major League Baseball Draft

The Dodgers drafted 36 players in the June draft and 11 in the January draft. Of those, five players would eventually play in the Major Leagues.

The Dodgers lost their first round pick in the June draft to the San Diego Padres because they signed free agent Derrel Thomas but they gained the first round picks of the Pittsburgh Pirates (compensation for Lee Lacy) and New York Yankees (for Tommy John). With those picks they drafted two players from the University of Michigan, left-handed pitcher Steve Howe and right-handed pitcher Steve Perry. Howe was the 1980 NL Rookie of the Year, a 1981 World Series Champion and a 1982 All-Star. He played in 12 seasons and saved 328 games before a drug addiction forced him out of the game. Perry pitched six seasons in the minors, the last two with the AAA Albuquerque Dukes, and finished 28-40 with a 5.34 ERA before the Dodgers released him.

This year's draft class also included pitcher Orel Hershiser from Bowling Green University, who was picked in the 17th round. He pitched 18 seasons (13 with the Dodgers), winning 204 games. He set a Major League record with a 59 consecutive scoreless inning streak in 1988 en route to winning the Cy Young Award and the World Series MVP. He was also a three-time All-Star.

Notes

  1. ^ Brad Gulden page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Rick Rhoden page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Lance Rautzhan page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Lerrin LaGrow page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ 1979 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB January Draft-Regular Phase
  6. ^ 1979 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase
  7. ^ 1979 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
  8. ^ 1979 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Draft-Secondary Phase

References

External links

1979 Draft Picks

January draft

[5]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Robert Silicani 3B College of San Mateo Yes 1979 Rookie
2 Jim Teller OF Sacramento City College No
Red Sox-1979
1979–1982 A
3 Kyle Dunning RHP Linn-Benton Community College No
4 Joseph Siers RHP Palm Beach Community College No
5 Phillip Smith SS Georgia Perimeter College No
6 Eric Stack RHP Lane Community College No
7 James Gleissner C Mount San Antonio College No
Royals-1980
1980–1984 AA

January Secondary phase

[6]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Rick Misuraca 3B Rose State College Yes 1979 Rookie
2 John Millholland SS Louisburg College No
Yankees-1980
1980–1981 A
3 Richard Ross OF San Jose City College No
4 Tommy Blackmon RHP Spartanburg Methodist College No
Indians-1980
19980-1984 AA

June draft

[7]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Steve Howe LHP University of Michigan Yes 1979–1997 MLB
1 Steve Perry RHP University of Michigan Yes 1979–1984 AAA
2 David Lanning 3B University of Georgia Yes 1979–1981 AA
3 Don Crow C Washington State University Yes 1979–1982 MLB
4 Leo Mann SS University of Missouri Yes 1979–1981 A
5 Terry Sutcliffe RHP University of Kansas Yes 1979–1981 A
6 Dale Holman OF Louisiana Tech University Yes 1979–1987 AAA
7 Timothy Gloyd SS Pepperdine University Yes 1979–1981 A
8 Jeff Dietrich LHP Serramonte High School No
9 Felix Oroz LHP University of Wyoming Yes 1979–1984 AAA
10 John Houston C John F. Kennedy High School Yes 1979–1980 Rookie
11 Mark Sheehy 2B University of California, Riverside Yes 1979–1987 AAA
12 Kerwin Danley OF Susan Miller Dorsey High School No
13 Greg Brock 1B University of Wyoming Yes 1979–1991 MLB
14 Franklin Bryant RHP North Carolina State University Yes 1979–1982 A
15 Tom Beyers OF California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Yes 1979–1983 AAA
16 Kenneth Bullock LHP University of San Francisco Yes 1980 A
17 Orel Hershiser RHP Bowling Green State University Yes 1979–2000 MLB
18 Stanley Mohler OF University of South Alabama Yes 1979–1980 A
19 Wayne Kellam RHP Indian River High School Yes 1979 Rookie
20 William Sobbe C Northwest Missouri State University Yes 1979–1981 AA
21 Clint Wickenscheimer RHP Ball State University Yes 1979-1982 AA
22 Glenn Terry LHP Kimball High School Yes 1979–1982 A
23 David Daniel RHP Antelope Valley High School Yes 1979–1982 A
24 Morris Madden LHP Spartanburg Methodist College Yes 1979–1990 MLB
25 Leonard Collins SS Hiram Johnson High School No
26 Brian Dillard OF Bloom High School No
27 Harry Kazanjian C Washington High School No
28 Kevin Roddy IF Bellevue West High School No
29 P. J. Schranz SS Bloom High School No
30 Ted Salcido SS Wilson High School Yes 1980 A
31 James Garcia RHP Bell High School No
32 George Page OF Kennedy High School No
Orioles-1982
1982–1983 Rookie

June secondary phase

[8]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Alfredo Mejía C Oral Roberts University Yes 1979–1981 AAA
2 Thomas McLaughlin RHP University of Nebraska–Lincoln No
Giants-1980
1980–1981 A
3 Kyle Dunning RHP Linn–Benton Community College No
4 Bill Worden C Mission Hills JC No
Angels-1981
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