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1957 Brooklyn Dodgers season

The 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers season was overshadowed by Walter O'Malley's threat to move the Dodgers out of Brooklyn if the city did not build him a new stadium in that borough. When the best the mayor could promise was a stadium in Queens, O'Malley made good on his threats and moved the team to Los Angeles after the season ended. The Dodgers final game at Ebbets Field was on September 24 as they finished their 68th and last NL season, and their 75th overall, in Brooklyn in third place with an 84–70 record, eleven games behind the NL and World Series Champion Milwaukee Braves.

1957 Brooklyn Dodgers
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, Jerry Doggett, Al Helfer
WHOM
Buck Canel
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OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

During the season, the Dodgers played eight 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.[2]

On July 20, 1957: Duke Snider hit the 300th home run of his career. The opposing pitcher was Dick Drott.[3]

Danny McDevitt was the last pitcher to pitch for the Brooklyn Dodgers in a game at Ebbets Field. The game was contested on September 24, 1957, and McDevitt pitched a complete game. He had nine strikeouts while allowing only five hits.[4]

Season standingsEdit

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Braves 95 59 0.617 45–32 50–27
St. Louis Cardinals 87 67 0.565 8 42–35 45–32
Brooklyn Dodgers 84 70 0.545 11 43–34 41–36
Cincinnati Redlegs 80 74 0.519 15 45–32 35–42
Philadelphia Phillies 77 77 0.500 18 38–39 39–38
New York Giants 69 85 0.448 26 37–40 32–45
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 92 0.403 33 36–41 26–51
Chicago Cubs 62 92 0.403 33 31–46 31–46

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1957 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BR CHC CIN MIL NYG PHI PIT STL
Brooklyn 17–5 12–10 10–12 12–10 9–13 12–10 12–10
Chicago 5–17 7–15 9–13 9–13 8–14–1 12–10–1 12–10
Cincinnati 10–12 15–7 4–18 12–10 16–6 14–8 9–13
Milwaukee 12–10 13–9 18–4 13–9 12–10–1 16–6 11–11
New York 10–12 13–9 10–12 9–13 10–12 9–13 8–14
Philadelphia 13–9 14–8–1 6–16 10–12–1 12–10 13–9 9–13
Pittsburgh 10–12 10–12–1 8–14 6–16 13–9 9–13 6–16
St. Louis 10–12 10–12 13–9 11–11 14–8 13–9 16–6


Opening Day lineupEdit

Opening Day starters
Name Position
Jim Gilliam Second baseman
Gino Cimoli Left fielder
Duke Snider Center fielder
Carl Furillo Right fielder
Gil Hodges First baseman
Randy Jackson Third baseman
Roy Campanella Catcher
Don Zimmer Shortstop
Don Newcombe Starting pitcher

Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1957 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 103 330 80 .242 13 62
1B Gil Hodges 150 579 173 .299 27 98
2B Jim Gilliam 149 617 154 .250 2 37
SS Charlie Neal 128 448 121 .270 12 62
3B Pee Wee Reese 103 330 74 .224 1 29
LF Gino Cimoli 142 532 156 .293 10 57
CF Duke Snider 139 508 139 .274 40 92
RF Carl Furillo 119 395 121 .306 12 66

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
Sandy Amoros 106 238 66 .277 7 26
Don Zimmer 84 269 59 .219 6 19
Elmer Valo 81 161 44 .273 4 26
Rube Walker 60 166 30 .181 2 23
Randy Jackson 48 131 26 .198 2 16
John Roseboro 35 69 10 .145 2 6
Bob Kennedy 19 31 4 .129 1 4
Joe Pignatano 8 14 3 .214 0 1
Jim Gentile 4 6 1 .167 1 1
Rod Miller 1 1 0 .000 0 0

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 Drysdale 34 221 17 9 2.69 148
Don Newcombe 28 198.2 11 12 3.49 90
Johnny Podres 31 196 12 9 2.66 109
Danny McDevitt 22 119 7 4 3.25 90
Sal Maglie 9 101.1 6 6 2.93 50
Bill Harris 1 7 0 1 3.86 3

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
Roger Craig 32 111.1 6 9 4.61 69
Sandy Koufax 34 104.1 5 4 3.88 122
Carl Erskine 15 66 5 3 3.55 26
Rene Valdes 5 13 1 1 5.54 10

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 58 5 7 17 3.44 67
Ed Roebuck 44 8 2 8 2.71 73
Don Bessent 27 1 3 0 5.73 24
Ken Lehman 3 0 0 0 0.00 3
Jackie Collum 3 0 0 0 8.31 3
Fred Kipp 1 0 0 0 9.00 3
Don Elston 1 0 0 0 0.00 1

Awards and honorsEdit

Farm systemEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Connie Grob page at Baseball Reference". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  2. ^ Parker, Vernon (August 16, 2011). "On This Day in History: August 16 A Lonely Ebbets Without Dodgers". Brooklyn Eagle. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  3. ^ "Duke Snider". The Baseball Page. Archived from the original on May 7, 2006. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  4. ^ Sports Illustrated, December 6, 2010, Volume 113, Number 21, p. 24, Published by Time Inc.
  5. ^ "Chico Fernández page at Baseball Reference". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  6. ^ "Jackie Collum page at Baseball Reference". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  7. ^ "Tommy Lasorda page at Baseball Reference". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  8. ^ "Jim Fridley page at Baseball Reference". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  9. ^ "Ken Lehman page at Baseball Reference". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  10. ^ "Babe Birrer page at Baseball Reference". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  11. ^ "Vito Valentinetti page at Baseball Reference". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 29, 2012.

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