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The 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers season saw Tommy Lasorda in his first full season at the helm of the Dodgers, replacing longtime manager Walter Alston as Manager of the team near the end of the previous season. The Dodgers won the National League West by 10 games and defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in four games in the NLCS, then lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series. This edition of the Dodgers featured the first quartet of teammates that hit 30 or more home runs: Steve Garvey with 33, Reggie Smith with 32, and Dusty Baker and Ron Cey, who both hit 30. The Dodgers duplicated this feat again 20 years later in 1997.

1977 Los Angeles Dodgers
1977 National League Champions
NL West champions
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
XEGM
Jaime Jarrín, Rudy Hoyos
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

 
Walter Alston's number 24 was retired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1977.

Season standingsEdit

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 98 64 0.605 51–30 47–34
Cincinnati Reds 88 74 0.543 10 48–33 40–41
Houston Astros 81 81 0.500 17 46–35 35–46
San Francisco Giants 75 87 0.463 23 38–43 37–44
San Diego Padres 69 93 0.426 29 35–46 34–47
Atlanta Braves 61 101 0.377 37 40–41 21–60

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1977 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 5–7 4–14 9–9 5–13 6–6 7–5 2–10 3–9 11–7 8–10 1–11
Chicago 7–5 7–5 6–6 6–6 10–8 9–9 6–12 7–11 7–5 9–3 7–11
Cincinnati 14–4 5–7 5–13 10–8 7–5 10–2 8–4 3–9 11–7 10–8 5–7
Houston 9–9 6–6 13–5 9–9 8–4 6–6 4–8 4–8 8–10 9–9 5–7
Los Angeles 13–5 6–6 8–10 9–9 7–5 8–4 6–6 9–3 12–6 14–4 6–6
Montreal 6–6 8–10 5–7 4–8 5–7 10–8 7–11 7–11 5–7 6–6 12–6
New York 5–7 9–9 2–10 6–6 4–8 8–10 5–13 4–14 6–6 7–5 8–10
Philadelphia 10-2 12–6 4–8 8–4 6–6 11–7 13–5 8–10 9–3 9–3 11–7
Pittsburgh 9–3 11–7 9–3 8–4 3–9 11–7 14–4 10–8 10–2 2–10 9–9
San Diego 7–11 5–7 7–11 10–8 6–12 7–5 6–6 3–9 2–10 8–10 8–4
San Francisco 10–8 3–9 8–10 9–9 4–14 6–6 5–7 3–9 10–2 10–8 7–5
St. Louis 11–1 11–7 7–5 7–5 6–6 6–12 10–8 7–11 9–9 4–8 5–7


Opening Day lineupEdit

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

Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1977 Los Angeles Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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 Steve Yeager 125 387 99 .256 16 55
1B Steve Garvey 162 696 192 .297 33 115
2B Davey Lopes 134 502 142 .283 11 53
3B Ron Cey 153 564 136 .241 30 110
SS Bill Russell 153 634 176 .278 4 51
LF Dusty Baker 153 533 155 .291 30 86
CF Rick Monday 118 392 90 .230 15 48
RF Reggie Smith 148 488 150 .307 32 87

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
Lee Lacy 75 169 45 .266 6 21
Glenn Burke 83 169 43 .254 1 13
Johnny Oates 60 156 42 .269 3 11
Ted Martinez 67 137 41 .299 1 10
John Hale 79 108 26 .241 2 11
Ed Goodson 61 66 11 .167 1 5
Boog Powell 50 41 10 .244 0 5
Manny Mota 50 38 15 .395 1 4
Vic Davalillo 24 48 15 .313 0 4
Jerry Grote 18 27 7 .259 0 4
Joe Simpson 29 23 4 .174 0 1
Rafael Landestoy 15 18 5 .278 0 0
Ron Washington 10 19 7 .368 0 1
Jeffrey Leonard 11 10 3 .300 0 2
Kevin Pasley 2 3 1 .333 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 Sutton 33 240.1 14 8 3.18 150
Burt Hooton 32 223.1 12 7 2.62 153
Tommy John 31 220.1 20 7 2.78 123
Rick Rhoden 31 216.1 16 10 3.74 122
Doug Rau 32 212.1 14 8 3.43 126

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
Al Downing 12 20 0 1 6.75 23
Dennis Lewallyn 5 17 3 1 4.24 8
Bobby Castillo 6 1 0 0 3.97 7
Hank Webb 5 8 0 0 2.25 2

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
Charlie Hough 70 6 12 22 3.32 105
Elias Sosa 44 2 2 1 1.98 47
Mike Garman 49 4 4 12 2.73 29
Stan Wall 25 2 3 0 5.34 22
Lance Rautzhan 25 4 1 2 4.35 13

PostseasonEdit

1977 National League Championship SeriesEdit

Game OneEdit

October 4, Dodger Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 7 9 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 5 9 2
W: Gene Garber (1–0)  L: Elías Sosa (0–1)  SV: Tug McGraw (1)
HRs: PHIGreg Luzinski (1); LADRon Cey (1)

Game TwoEdit

October 5, Dodger Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 1
Los Angeles 0 0 1 4 0 1 1 0 X 7 9 1
W: Don Sutton (1–0)  L: Jim Lonborg (0–1)  
HRs: PHIBake McBride (1); LADDusty Baker (1)

Game ThreeEdit

October 7, Veterans Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 12 2
Philadelphia 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 6 2
W: Lance Rautzhan (1–0)  L: Gene Garber (1–1)  SV: Mike Garman (1)
HRs: None

Game FourEdit

October 8, Veterans Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 5 0
Philadelphia 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
W: Tommy John (1–0)  L: Steve Carlton (0–1)  
HRs: LADDusty Baker (2)

1977 World SeriesEdit

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Los Angeles Dodgers (2)
Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 Dodgers – 3, Yankees – 4 (12 inns) October 11 Yankee Stadium 56,668 3:24
2 Dodgers – 6, Yankees – 1 October 12 Yankee Stadium 56,691 2:27
3 Yankees – 5, Dodgers – 3 October 14 Dodger Stadium 55,992 2:31
4 Yankees – 4, Dodgers – 2 October 15 Dodger Stadium 55,995 2:07
5 Yankees – 4, Dodgers – 10 October 16 Dodger Stadium 55,995 2:29
6 Dodgers – 4, Yankees – 8 October 18 Yankee Stadium 56,407 2:18

Awards and honorsEdit

Farm systemEdit

Major League Baseball DraftEdit

The Dodgers drafted 40 players in the June draft and eight in the January draft. Of those, eight players would eventually play in the Major Leagues.

The first round draft pick in the June draft was pitcher Bob Welch from Eastern Michigan University. In 17 years with the Dodgers and Oakland Athletics he started 462 games with a 211–146 record and a 3.47 ERA. He became a two time All-Star, a two time World Series Champion and won the 1990 American League Cy Young Award.

The draft also included Mickey Hatcher, who hit .280 in 1130 games, mostly as an outfielder and was a part of two Dodgers World Series champions; outfielder/utility player Ron Roenicke who played eight seasons in the Majors before becoming a coach and manager; and relief pitcher Tom Niedenfuer, who was picked in the 36th round but would play 10 seasons in the Majors and save 97 games.

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