Team History : 1951-1979

1969

1969 Record:
85-77, 4th place in N.L. Western Division
Postseason:
None
Manager:
Walter Alston
All-Stars:
Bill Singer, P
Home Attendance:
1,784,527

Season Recap:

In their first season of Divisional play, the Dodgers finished fourth in the Western Division, but hung tough in the race until the last two weeks. The Dodgers did a free-fall in late September, losing eight times in seven days to the Giants and Reds. The Dodger pitching staff was solid, as usual, producing a pair of 20-game winners in lone All-Star Bill Singer and left-hander Claude Osteen. Right-handed pitcher Don Sutton had 17 victories, while the bullpen was led by southpaw Jim Brewer. By moving home plate 10 feet closer to the outfield wall, the Dodgers indeed saw a power surge, hitting 16 more home runs at Dodger Stadium than in 1968. But, the real difference was the opponents’ increase in home runs as they hit 30 more than the previous season. The offense was led by N.L. Rookie of the Year Ted Sizemore, who transitioned from a minor league catcher to second base. An early-season trade brought former Dodger Maury Wills back into the fold, along with pinch-hitter extraordinaire Manny Mota to the club. Speedster Willie Davis, who spent three sessions in the hospital after being hit by pitched balls, wound up with a .311 batting average and a 31-game hitting streak, longest in L.A. history. Wilver Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates became the first player in history to hit a ball completely out of Dodger Stadium, as he belted a 506 ft., 6 in. home run over the Right Field Pavilion scoreboard on August 5. It would be the first of two that Stargell hit out of Dodger Stadium, as he repeated the feat with a 470 ft. blast on May 8, 1973. Al Campanis was named the new Vice President, Player Personnel replacing long-time decision-maker Fresco Thompson and immediately made his presence felt, acquiring Andy Kosco, Pete Mikkelsen, Jim Bunning, Wills and Mota.

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Below are the Dodger Front Office department heads and personnel, plus scouts who worked for Walter O'Malley.
Dodger Front Office Staff
1969 — Los Angeles
  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • Walter O'Malley, President; James A. Mulvey, Vice President; Peter O'Malley, Vice President; Sylvan Oestreicher, Treasurer; Harry M. Bardt, H. C. McClellan.
  • President Walter O’Malley
  • Executive Vice President Peter O’Malley
  • Vice President, Public Relations & Promotions Arthur E. Patterson
  • Vice President, Player Personnel & Scouting Al Campanis
  • Vice President, Minor League Operations William P. Schweppe
  • Vice President, Radio & Television James S. Bealle
  • Secretary Col. E. John Burns
  • Controller, Assistant Treasurer Ken Hasemann
  • Director of Advertising, Novelties & Souvenirs Danny Goodman
  • Director, Dodgertown (PGA Pro. Dodgertown Golf Club) Dick Bird
  • Director, Group Sales George (Tuck) Stainback
  • Director, Stadium Operations Bob Smith
  • Director, Ticket Operations Walter Nash
  • Director of Transportation Robert J. Schenz
  • Assistant to General Manager Joe Ziegler
  • Assistant, Public Relations Howard Handy
  • Traveling Secretary Lee Scott
  • Resident Engineer Ira Hoyt
  • Auditor Michael Strange
  • Manager Walter Alston
  • Club Physicians Dr. Frank Jobe, Dr. Robert Woods
  • Scouting Staff
  • Hugh Alexander, Boyd Bartley, Monty Basgall, Bill Brenzel, Dick Calvert, John Carey, Gail Henley, Goldie Holt, Tony John, John Keenan, Ed Liberatore, Gordon MacKenzie, Greg Mulleavy, Rudy Rufer, Corito Varona, Ben Wade, Guy Wellman, Bert Wells