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1955 Brooklyn Dodgers season

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General manager(s)  Buzzie Bavasi
Local television  WOR-TV
Manager(s)  Walter Alston
1955 Brooklyn Dodgers season
Owner(s)  Walter O'Malley, James & Dearie Mulvey, Mrs. John L. Smith
Local radio  WMGM Vin Scully, Connie Desmond, Andre Baruch, Al Helfer

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.

Contents

Offseason

  • October 8, 1954: Ray Moore was traded by the Dodgers to the Baltimore Orioles for Chico García.
  • December 13, 1954: Billy Cox and Preacher Roe were traded by the Dodgers to the Baltimore Orioles for Johnny Jancse, Harry Schwegeman and cash.
  • March 17, 1955: Erv Palica was traded by the Dodgers to the Baltimore Orioles for Frank Kellert and cash.
  • Regular season

    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 controversy

    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.

    Notable transactions

  • June 7, 1955: Ron Negray was traded by the Dodgers to the Philadelphia Phillies for Dave Cole and cash.
  • June 9, 1955: Joe Black was traded by the Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds for Bob Borkowski and cash.
  • September 12, 1955: Glenn Cox was purchased from the Dodgers by the Kansas City Athletics.
  • Starters by position

    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

    Other batters

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

    Starting pitchers

    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

    Other pitchers

    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

    Relief pitchers

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

    Game 1

    September 28, 1955, at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Game 2

    September 29, 1955, at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Game 3

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

    Game 4

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

    Game 5

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

    Game 6

    October 3, 1955, at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Game 7

    October 4, 1955, at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Awards and honors

  • National League Most Valuable Player
  • Roy Campanella
  • World Series Most Valuable Player
  • Johnny Podres
  • TSN Manager of the Year Award
  • Walter Alston
  • TSN Executive of the Year Award
  • Walter O'Malley
  • TSN Major League Player of the Year Award
  • Duke Snider
  • TSN National League Player of the Year Award
  • Duke Snider
  • All-Stars

  • 1955 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
  • Duke Snider starter
  • Roy Campanella reserve
  • Gil Hodges reserve
  • Don Newcombe reserve
  • TSN Major League All-Star Team
  • Don Newcombe
  • Roy Campanella
  • Duke Snider
  • League top five finishers

    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)
  • References

    1955 Brooklyn Dodgers season Wikipedia


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