1966 Los Angeles Dodgers season
|1966 Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1966 National League Champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Walter O'Malley, James & Dearie Mulvey|
|General manager(s)||Buzzie Bavasi|
|Local television||KTTV (11)|
Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett
José García, Jaime Jarrín
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- 1 Regular season
- 2 Player stats
- 3 1966 World Series
- 4 Awards and honors
- 5 Farm system
- 6 1966 Major League Baseball Draft
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The defending World Series champion Dodgers relied upon the same model that brought them the championship in 1965; great pitching, tight defense, and speed. However, ace pitchers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale held out nearly all of spring training in a celebrated contract dispute, finally signing just before the start of the regular season. The hold out did not seem to affect Koufax, who went 27–9 with a 1.73 E.R.A. However, Drysdale had a sub par season going 13–16 with a 3.42 E.R.A. More than making up for that, Claude Osteen had his best season to date, winning 17 games with a 2.85 E.R.A., and rookie Don Sutton replaced aging Johnny Podres in the rotation, chipping in with 12 wins and a 2.99 E.R.A. Finally, reliever Phil Regan had a remarkable year, going 14–1 with 21 saves.
The National League race was a 4 team affair between the Dodgers, Giants, Pirates, and Phillies, with all but the Phillies taking their turn in 1st place during the summer. The Dodgers vaulted to the top with an 8-game win streak in mid-September. However, the pennant was still not decided until the final day of the season. The Giants, who had eliminated the Pirates by beating them on the next to last day, needed to beat the Pirates again in the season's final game, and then hope the Dodgers would lose both games of a double header in Philadelphia to the Phillies. If that happened, the Giants would have trailed the Dodgers by 1/2 game, and would still have had to fly to Cincinnati to play the Reds in a make-up game, needing a win to tie for 1st. The Giants defeated the Pirates in extra innings, and the Dodgers lost the first game of the double header, blowing a lead in the 8th inning. However, while the Giants were waiting at the Pittsburgh airport (not knowing if they were going to fly to Cincinnati or go home), Koufax beat the Phillies in the second game of the double header. While they were waiting, a reporter asked Giants pitcher Ron Herbel "you guys don't know where you're going yet, do you?" Herbel replied "we know where we're going. No way superman (Koufax) loses the second game."
|Los Angeles Dodgers||95||67||0.586||—||53–28||42–39|
|San Francisco Giants||93||68||0.578||1½||47–34||46–34|
|St. Louis Cardinals||83||79||0.512||12||43–38||40–41|
|New York Mets||66||95||0.410||28½||32–49||34–46|
Record vs. opponents
1966 National League Records
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Opening Day lineup
- April 26, 1966: signed Jim Gilliam out of retirement.
- May 10, 1966: Johnny Podres was acquired from the Dodgers by the Detroit Tigers.
- May 27, 1966: Howie Reed was traded by the Dodgers to the California Angels for Dick Egan and a player to be named later. The Angels completed the deal by sending John Butler (minors) to the Dodgers on December 7.
- May 28, 1966: Wes Covington was signed as a free agent by the Dodgers.
- July 5, 1966: Signed 1B Dick Stuart as a free agent.
- September 10, 1966: Thad Tillotson and cash were traded by the Dodgers to the New York Yankees for Dick Schofield.
|1966 Los Angeles Dodgers|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
1966 World Series
|Los Angeles (N)||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||3||0|
|W: Moe Drabowsky (1–0) L: Don Drysdale (0–1)|
|HR: BAL – Frank Robinson (1), Brooks Robinson (1) LAD – Jim Lefebvre (1)|
|Los Angeles (N)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||6|
|W: Jim Palmer (1–0) L: Sandy Koufax (0–1)|
|Los Angeles (N)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|W: Wally Bunker (1–0) L: Claude Osteen (0–1)|
|HR: BAL – Paul Blair (1)|
|Los Angeles (N)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|W: Dave McNally (1–0) L: Don Drysdale (0–2)|
|HR: BAL – Frank Robinson (2)|
Awards and honors
- Cy Young Award
- Gold Glove Award
- Johnny Roseboro, catcher
- Comeback Player of the Year Award
- 1966 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The Sporting News awards
- TSN Rookie Pitcher of the Year Award
- TSN Pitcher of the Year Award
- TSN Fireman of the Year Award
- TSN National League All-Star
- Hutch Award
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Tri-City, Ogden
1966 Major League Baseball Draft
This was the second Major League Baseball Draft. The Dodgers drafted 67 players in the June draft and 9 in the January draft. The top draft pick was pitcher Lawrence Hutton from Greenfield High School in Greenfield, Indiana. He played in the Dodgers farm system through 1971 and finished with a 22–28 record and 4.33 ERA in 117 games, never advancing past AA.
The most successful picks from this draft class were Bill Russell and Charlie Hough. Russell, the ninth round pick out of Pittsburg High School played with the Dodgers through 1986, mostly as a shortstop and later managed the team from 1996–1998. Hough was drafted in the eighth round out of Hialeah High School as an infielder but quickly converted to pitcher. He played with the Dodgers through 1980 and then with three other teams until he retired in 1994. He later became a coach for the Dodgers organization.
|1966 Draft Picks|
 This was the first year that a January draft was held for college and high school players who graduated in the winter.
January Secondary phase
June secondary phase
- Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 234, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
- Johnny Podres page at Baseball Reference
- Howie Reed page at Baseball Reference
- Wes Covington page at Baseball Reference
- Thad Tillotson page at Baseball Reference
- 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB January Draft-Regular Phase
- 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase
- 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
- 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Draft-Secondary Phase