Team History : 1951-1979

1971

1971 Record:
89-73, 2nd place in N.L. Western Division
Postseason:
None
Manager:
Walter Alston
All-Stars:
Walter Alston, Cch.; Willie Davis, OF
Home Attendance:
2,064,594

Season Recap:

A blend of youth, new faces and veterans comprised the Dodgers of 1971, a talented group that fought the San Francisco Giants down to the last day of the season before falling short by one game. Manager Alston had to work miracles to keep the Dodgers in the hunt, as on May 26, they fell 11 games behind the tough Giants. Vice President, Player Personnel and Scouting Al Campanis had made several acquisitions prior to the 1971 season, as he traded for left-handed pitcher Al Downing, slugger Dick Allen, outfielder Andy Kosco and catcher Duke Sims. Young players Bobby Valentine, Steve Garvey, Bill Buckner, Joe Ferguson, Doyle Alexander, Willie Crawford and Bill Russell all added to an impressive mix. Veterans Maury Wills, Claude Osteen, Manny Mota, Willie Davis, Tom Haller, Jim Lefebvre, Bill Singer and Jim Brewer were all integral parts of the season. Downing pitched his way to the Comeback Player of the Year Award by The Sporting News, while Allen collected a team-leading 23 home runs and 90 RBI. Davis, “the 3-Dog,” had a .309 batting average to pace the club and earned the first of three consecutive Gold Glove Awards. The Dodgers kept closing in on their rivals from the north, as they were with 3 1/2 games back in August. After sweeping the San Diego Padres and Giants on the road, the Dodgers moved to within one game of the S.F. lead in September. Four straight losses at home hurt the club’s chances, but the Dodgers battled tooth and nail to the final day and went home one game back.

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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
1971 — Los Angeles
  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • Walter O'Malley, Chairman of the Board; Peter O'Malley, President; James A. Mulvey, Vice President; Sylvan Oestreicher, Treasurer; Harry M. Bardt, H. C. McClellan, Robert L. Gordon.
  • 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
  • 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 Tom Seeberg
  • Director, Stadium Operations Bob Smith
  • Director, Ticket Operations Walter Nash
  • Director, Stadium Club & Transportation Bob Schenz
  • Director, Publicity Fred Claire
  • Director, Dodger Network David Van de Walker
  • Director, Community Relations Don Newcombe
  • Director, Speakers Bureau Tuck Stainback
  • Administrative Assistant Ike Ikuhara
  • Executive Pilot Captain Lewis Carlisle
  • Traveling Secretary Lee Scott
  • Resident Engineer Ira Hoyt
  • Auditor Michael Strange
  • Manager Walter Alston
  • Club Physicians Dr. Frank Jobe, Dr. Robert Woods
  • Scouts
  • Boyd Bartley, Bill Brenzel, Dick Calvert, John Carey, Luther Harvel, Gail Henley, Goldie Holt, Tony John, Dale Jones, John Keenan, Ed Liberatore, Dick McLaughlin, Lew Morton, Greg Mulleavy, Bob Nieman, Ray Perry, Rudy Rufer, Corito Varona, Ben Wade, Guy Wellman, Bert Wells