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1956 Brooklyn Dodgers season

The 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers edged out the Milwaukee Braves to win the National League title. The Dodgers again faced the New York Yankees in the World Series. This time they lost the series in seven games, one of which was a perfect game by the Yankees' Don Larsen.

1956 Brooklyn Dodgers
1956 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, Jerry Doggett, Al Helfer
WHOM
Buck Canel
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Don Newcombe won the NL MVP award and the very first Cy Young Award. He was the first pitcher to win the National League MVP and the Cy Young Award in the same season.[5]

During the season, the Dodgers played seven home games at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, New Jersey, as part of owner Walter O'Malley's continued attempts to pressure Brooklyn to allow him to build a new stadium in his preferred location at Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues. The first of these games was on April 19.[6]

Season standingsEdit

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 93 61 0.604 52–25 41–36
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 0.597 1 47–29 45–33
Cincinnati Redlegs 91 63 0.591 2 51–26 40–37
St. Louis Cardinals 76 78 0.494 17 43–34 33–44
Philadelphia Phillies 71 83 0.461 22 40–37 31–46
New York Giants 67 87 0.435 26 37–40 30–47
Pittsburgh Pirates 66 88 0.429 27 35–43 31–45
Chicago Cubs 60 94 0.390 33 39–38 21–56


Record vs. opponentsEdit

1956 National League Records

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


Opening Day lineupEdit

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

Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1956 Brooklyn Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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 Roy Campanella 124 388 85 .219 20 73
1B Gil Hodges 153 550 146 .265 32 87
2B Jim Gilliam 153 594 178 .300 6 43
3B Randy Jackson 101 307 84 .274 8 53
SS Pee Wee Reese 147 572 147 .257 9 46
LF Sandy Amorós 114 292 76 .260 16 58
CF Duke Snider 151 542 158 .292 43 101
RF Carl Furillo 149 523 151 .289 21 83

Other battersEdit

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
Jackie Robinson 117 357 98 .275 10 43
Rube Walker 54 146 31 .212 3 20
Charlie Neal 62 136 39 .287 2 14
Rocky Nelson 31 96 20 .208 4 15
Chico Fernández 34 66 15 .227 1 9
Gino Cimoli 73 36 4 .111 0 4
Dale Mitchell 19 24 7 .292 0 1

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Don Newcombe 38 268 27 7 3.06 139
Roger Craig 35 199 12 11 3.71 109
Sal Maglie 28 191 13 5 2.87 108
Carl Erskine 31 186.1 13 11 4.25 95
Sandy Koufax 16 58.2 2 4 4.91 30

Other pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Don Drysdale 25 99 5 5 2.64 55
Ken Lehman 25 49.1 2 3 5.66 29
Chuck Templeton 6 16.1 0 1 6.61 8

Relief pitchersEdit

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Clem Labine 62 10 6 19 3.35 75
Ed Roebuck 43 5 4 1 3.93 60
Don Bessent 38 4 3 9 2.50 52
Ralph Branca 1 0 0 0 0.00 2

1956 World SeriesEdit

Game 1Edit

October 3, 1956, at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 9 1
Brooklyn (N) 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 x 6 9 0
W: Sal Maglie (1–0)  L: Whitey Ford (0–1)
HR: NYYMickey Mantle (1), Billy Martin (1)    BROJackie Robinson (1), Gil Hodges (1)

Game 2Edit

October 5, 1956, at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 1 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 12 2
Brooklyn (N) 0 6 1 2 2 0 0 2 x 13 12 0
W: Don Bessent (1–0)  L: Tom Morgan (0–1)
HR: NYYYogi Berra (1)    BRODuke Snider (1)

Game 3Edit

October 6, 1956, at Yankee Stadium in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn (N) 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 8 1
New York (A) 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 x 5 8 1
W: Whitey Ford (1–1)   L: Roger Craig (0–1)
HR: NYYEnos Slaughter (1), Billy Martin (2)

Game 4Edit

October 7, 1956, at Yankee Stadium in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 0
New York (A) 1 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 x 6 7 2
W: Tom Sturdivant (1–0)   L: Carl Erskine (0–1)
HR: NYYMickey Mantle (2), Hank Bauer (1)

Game 5Edit

October 8, 1956, at Yankee Stadium in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
New York (A) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 x 2 5 0
W: Don Larsen (1–0)   L: Sal Maglie (1–1)
HR: NYYMickey Mantle (3)

Game 6Edit

October 9, 1956, at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0
W: Clem Labine (1–0)  L: Bob Turley (0–1)

Game 7Edit

October 10, 1956, at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 2 0 2 1 0 0 4 0 0 9 10 0
Brooklyn (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
W: Johnny Kucks (1–0)  L: Don Newcombe (0–1)
HR: NYYYogi Berra (2, 3), Elston Howard (1), Bill Skowron (1)

Awards and honorsEdit

Farm systemEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Randy Jackson at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Jack Littrell at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Pete Wojey at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Tommy Lasorda at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 152, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  6. ^ Parker, Vernon (August 16, 2011). "On This Day in History: August 16 A Lonely Ebbets Without Dodgers". Brooklyn Eagle. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  7. ^ Tim Thompson at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ Billy Loes at Baseball-Reference
  9. ^ Jim Hughes at Baseball-Reference
  10. ^ Sal Maglie at Baseball-Reference
  11. ^ Ray Shearer at Baseball-Reference
  12. ^ Dale Mitchell at Baseball-Reference

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