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1955 Brooklyn Dodgers season

In 1955, the Brooklyn Dodgers finally fulfilled the promise of many previous Dodger teams. Although the club had won several pennants in the past, and had won as many as 105 games in 1953, it had never won a World Series. This team finished 13.5 games ahead in the National League pennant race, leading the league in both runs scored and fewest runs allowed. In the 1955 World Series, they finally beat their crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees. It was the Dodgers first and only World Series championship won while located in Brooklyn.

1955 Brooklyn Dodgers
1955 World Series Champions
National League champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Walter O'Malley, James & Dearie Mulvey, Mrs. John L. Smith
General manager(s)Buzzie Bavasi
Manager(s)Walter Alston
Local televisionWOR-TV
Local radioWMGM
Vin Scully, Connie Desmond, Andre Baruch, Al Helfer
WHOM
Buck Canel
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

 
Sandy Koufax earned his first major league win with the Dodgers on August 27, 1955.

This season was basically a culmination of the careers of many legendary Dodger players. Catcher Roy Campanella won the 1955 National League Most Valuable Player award, his third in five years. Center fielder Duke Snider led the league in runs batted in and was second in the MVP voting. He also hit his 200th career home run on May 10. Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese, both 36 years old, could still play. Gil Hodges, 31, hit 27 home runs (and drove in both Dodger runs in the seventh game of the Series), while Carl Furillo, 33, hit 26 home runs with a .314 batting average.

The pitching staff was anchored by Don Newcombe, who was 20–5. It was the first time a black pitcher had won 20 games in a season. The 22-year-old Johnny Podres was only 9–10 but became the hero of the 1955 World Series by shutting out the Yankees in the seventh game.

MVP controversyEdit

Duke Snider finished second to teammate Campanella in the MVP voting by just five points, 226–221, with each man receiving eight first place votes. The voting then as now was conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Each voting member, one from each major league city, filled out a ballot selecting ten men. A player receiving a first place vote got 14 points, 9 points for second, and then values of 8–7–6–5–4–3–2–1 for those in places 3 through 10. A writer from Philadelphia who was sick and who had become hospitalized had turned in a ballot with Campanella listed in position number 1 as well as position number 5. The assumption had been that the writer had meant to write Snider's name into one of those slots. Unable to get a clarification from the ill writer the BBWAA, after considering disallowing the ballot, decided to accept it, count the first place vote for Campanella and count the fifth place vote as though it were left blank. Had the ballot been disallowed, the vote would have been won by Snider by three points. Had Snider gotten the fifth place vote, the final vote would have favored Snider 227–226. Duke did, however, win the Sporting News National League Player of the Year Award for 1955 and the Sid Mercer Award.[4][5]

Season standingsEdit

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 98 55 0.641 56–21 42–34
Milwaukee Braves 85 69 0.552 13½ 46–31 39–38
New York Giants 80 74 0.519 18½ 44–35 36–39
Philadelphia Phillies 77 77 0.500 21½ 46–31 31–46
Cincinnati Redlegs 75 79 0.487 23½ 46–31 29–48
Chicago Cubs 72 81 0.471 26 43–33 29–48
St. Louis Cardinals 68 86 0.442 30½ 41–36 27–50
Pittsburgh Pirates 60 94 0.390 38½ 36–39 24–55


Record vs. opponentsEdit

1955 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BR CHC CIN MIL NYG PHI PIT STL
Brooklyn 14–7–1 12–10 15–7 13–9 16–6 14–8 14–8
Chicago 7–14–1 11–11 7–15 12–10 10–12 11–11 14–8
Cincinnati 10–12 11–11 9–13 9–13 11–11 14–8 11–11
Milwaukee 7–15 15–7 13–9 14–8 14–8 11–11 11–11
New York 9–13 10–12 13–9 8–14 10–12 17–5 13–9
Philadelphia 6–16 12–10 11–11 8–14 12–10 15–7 13–9
Pittsburgh 8–14 11–11 8–14 11–11 5–17 7–15 10–12
St. Louis 8–14 8–14 11–11 11–11 9–13 9–13 12–10


Opening Day lineupEdit

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Jim Gilliam Second baseman
Pee Wee Reese Shortstop
Duke Snider Center fielder
Gil Hodges First baseman
Sandy Amorós Left fielder
Jackie Robinson Third baseman
Carl Furillo Right fielder
Roy Campanella Catcher
Carl Erskine Starting pitcher

Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1955 Brooklyn Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Roy Campanella 123 446 81 142 .318 32 107 2
1B Gil Hodges 150 546 75 158 .289 27 102 2
2B Jim Gilliam 147 538 110 134 .249 7 40 15
SS Pee Wee Reese 145 553 99 156 .282 10 61 8
3B Jackie Robinson 105 317 51 81 .256 8 36 12
LF Sandy Amorós 119 388 59 96 .247 10 51 10
CF Duke Snider 148 538 126 166 .309 42 136 9
RF Carl Furillo 140 523 83 164 .314 26 95 4

Other battersEdit

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

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Don Hoak 94 279 50 67 .240 5 19 9
Don Zimmer 88 280 38 67 .239 15 50 5
Rube Walker 48 103 6 26 .252 2 13 1
Frank Kellert 39 80 12 26 .325 4 19 0
George Shuba 44 51 8 14 .275 1 8 0
Dixie Howell 16 42 2 11 .262 0 5 0
Walt Moryn 11 19 3 5 .263 1 3 0
Bob Borkowski 9 19 2 2 .105 0 0 0
Bert Hamric 2 1 0 0 .000 0 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; CG = Complete games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts

Player G GS CG IP W L ERA BB SO
Don Newcombe 34 31 17 233.2 20 5 3.20 38 143
Carl Erskine 31 29 7 194.2 11 8 3.79 64 84
Johnny Podres 27 24 5 159.1 9 10 3.95 57 114
Billy Loes 22 19 6 128 10 4 3.59 46 85

Other pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; CG = Complete games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts

Player G GS CG IP W L ERA BB SO
Karl Spooner 29 14 2 98.2 8 6 3.65 41 78
Roger Craig 21 10 3 90.2 5 3 2.78 43 48
Russ Meyer 18 11 2 73 6 2 5.42 31 26
Sandy Koufax 12 5 2 41.2 2 2 3.02 28 30
Tommy Lasorda 4 1 0 4 0 0 13.50 6 4

Relief pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA BB SO
Clem Labine 60 144.1 13 5 11 3.24 55 67
Ed Roebuck 47 84 5 6 12 4.71 24 33
Don Bessent 24 63.1 8 1 3 2.70 21 29
Jim Hughes 24 42.2 0 2 6 4.22 19 20
Joe Black 6 15.1 1 0 0 2.93 5 9
Chuck Templeton 4 4.2 0 1 0 11.57 5 3

1955 World SeriesEdit

Game 1Edit

September 28, 1955, at Yankee Stadium in New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn (N) 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 10 0
New York (A) 0 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 x 6 9 1
W: Whitey Ford (1–0)   L: Don Newcombe (0–1)   S: Bob Grim (1)
HR: BROCarl Furillo (1), Duke Snider (1)    NYYElston Howard (1), Joe Collins (1, 2)

Game 2Edit

September 29, 1955, at Yankee Stadium in New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 2
New York (A) 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 x 4 8 0
W: Tommy Byrne (1–0)   L: Billy Loes (0–1)

Game 3Edit

September 30, 1955, at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 0
Brooklyn (N) 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 x 8 11 1
W: Johnny Podres (1–0)  L: Bob Turley (0–1)
HR: NYYMickey Mantle (1)    BRORoy Campanella (1)

Game 4Edit

October 1, 1955, at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 9 0
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 1 3 3 0 1 0 x 8 14 0
W: Clem Labine (1–0)  L: Don Larsen (0–1)
HR: NYYGil McDougald (1)    BRORoy Campanella (2), Gil Hodges (1), Duke Snider (2)

Game 5Edit

October 2, 1955, at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 6 0
Brooklyn (N) 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 x 5 9 2
W: Roger Craig (1–0)  L: Bob Grim (0–1)   S: Clem Labine (1)
HR: NYYBob Cerv (1), Yogi Berra (1)    BROSandy Amorós (1), Duke Snider (3, 4)

Game 6Edit

October 3, 1955, at Yankee Stadium in New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
New York (A) 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 5 8 0
W: Whitey Ford (2–0)   L: Karl Spooner (0–1)
HR: NYYBill Skowron (1)

Game 7Edit

October 4, 1955, at Yankee Stadium in New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 0
New York (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
W: Johnny Podres (2–0)   L: Tommy Byrne (1–1)

Awards and honorsEdit

All-StarsEdit

League top five finishersEdit

Roy Campanella

  • #4 in NL in batting average (.318)

Jim Gilliam

  • #5 in NL in runs scored (110)
  • #5 in NL in stolen bases (15)

Clem Labine

  • #3 in NL in saves (11)

Don Newcombe

  • #2 in NL in wins (20)
  • #2 in NL in ERA (3.20)
  • #2 in NL in complete games (17)
  • #5 in NL in strikeouts (143)

Ed Roebuck

  • #2 in NL in saves (12)

Duke Snider

  • MLB leader in RBI (136)
  • MLB leader in runs scored (126)
  • #2 in NL in on-base percentage (.418)
  • #2 in NL in slugging percentage (.628)
  • #3 in NL in doubles (34)
  • #3 in NL in bases on balls (104)
  • #4 in NL in home runs (42)

Farm systemEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Ray Moore at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Billy Cox at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Erv Palica at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ The Duke of Flatbush by Duke Snider and Bill Gilbert
  5. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com
  6. ^ Ron Negray at Baseball-Reference
  7. ^ Joe Black at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ Glenn Cox at Baseball-Reference

ReferencesEdit

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