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Dodgers' postseason history
10/03/2004 10:54 PM ET
1916 -- Red Sox over the Dodgers in the World Series, 4-1
Jack Coombs and Jeff Pfeffer combine to beat the Red Sox, 4-3, in Game 3 of the World Series, but the Red Sox would prevail in five games.

1920 -- Cleveland Indians over the Dodgers in the World Series, 5-2
Pitcher Burleigh Grimes burst onto the scene in 1918 and made his presence felt in 1920 with a 23-11 record for a league-leading .676 winning percentage. The Dodgers had to squelch a challenge by the Giants late in the season to garner the NL flag. In a best-of-nine World Series against the Cleveland Indians, the Dodgers won two of the first three games, only to drop four straight and bow out.

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1941 -- New York Yankees over the Dodgers in the World Series, 4-1
Under the guidance of Leo Durocher, who became the Dodgers' manager in 1939, the Dodgers in 1941 won their first National League pennant in 21 years with a 100-54 record and played the first of their classic World Series confrontations against the New York Yankees.

1947 -- New York Yankees over the Dodgers in the World Series, 4-3
In the 1947 World Series, the Dodgers fell to the Yankees in seven games, but there were two memorable moments for Brooklyn. Cookie Lavagetto broke up Bill Bevens' no-hitter in the ninth inning of Game 4 with a game-winning, two-run double to give the Dodgers a 3-2 victory, and Al Gionfriddo's great catch of a Joe DiMaggio ball which preserved an 8-6 victory in Game 6.

1949 -- New York Yankees over the Dodgers in the World Series, 4-1
Leo Durocher returned as manager of the Dodgers in 1948 after being suspended for the 1947 season. Durocher, though, lasted only half the season and was replaced by Burt Shotton, who guided the Dodgers in 1949 to their third pennant of the decade. Jackie Robinson was named the NL Most Valuable Player and pitcher Don Newcombe won Rookie of the Year honors. Preacher Roe comes up big for the Dodgers in a 1-0 win over the Yankees to even the World Series in Game 2. But the Yankees would go on to win the Series in five.

1952 -- New York Yankees over the Dodgers in the World Series, 4-3
Rookie reliever Joe Black gets his third start of the season in Game 1 of the World Series and beats the Yankees, 4-2, becoming the first African-American to win in the Fall Classic.

1953 -- New York Yankees over the Dodgers in the World Series, 4-2
The Dodgers finish their home schedule with a 60-17 record at Ebbets Field, tying for the most wins at home ever. The record would not be broken before the schedule was expanded to 81 home games. Carl Erskine sets a record with 14 strikeouts in a World Series game as the Dodgers beat the Yankees, 3-2, in Game 3. But the Yankees prevailed in Game 6 to win the Series.

1955 -- Dodgers over the New York Yankees in the World Series, 4-3
For the Brooklyn Dodgers, the 1955 World Series was more than just a chance to win a championship, but an opportunity to avenge the previous five losses at the hands of the New York Yankees. Even with their ace Don Newcombe on the mound, the Dodgers seemed to be doomed from the start, as four Yankee home runs silenced Newcombe and the rest of the team in their opening 6-5 loss. Game 2 had the same result, as New York's southpaw Tommy Byrne held Brooklyn to five hits in a 4-2 victory. With the Series heading back to Brooklyn, Johnny Podres was given the start for Game 3. The Dodger lefty was able to shut down the Yankees' offense over seven innings by allowing only one run on four hits en route to an 8-3 win. By capturing an important victory behind some key managerial decisions, Walter Alston entered Game 4 set on tying the series. Despite starter Carl Erskine's inability to keep the Yankees at bay, it was an offensive surge by the Dodgers in the fourth inning that sprung the team to life and helped them take the lead in Game 4. Roy Campanella and Gil Hodges' homers help shift the game and series back in the Dodgers favor. Duke Snider's fourth home run of the Series provided rookie Roger Craig with enough support to enable the Dodgers to claim Game 5 and move only one win away from taking the Series. However, a Yankee five-run first inning in Game 6 was enough for Whitey Ford to prolong the Fall Classic to its final game. It was in this final contest between Podres and Tommy Byrne that the Dodgers prevailed, as Podres pitched an eight-hit shutout, capturing the team's first and only World Championship in Brooklyn.

1956 -- New York Yankees over the Dodgers in the World Series, 4-3
The Dodgers repeated as National League champions in 1956 and once again faced the Yankees. In another heart-stopping World Series, the Yankees prevailed in seven games.

1959 -- Dodgers over the Chicago White Sox in the World Series, 4-2
After advancing to the World Series in only their second season in Los Angeles, the Dodgers' opportunity to seize their first West Coast championship would have to come against the defensive powerhouse Chicago White Sox. In Game 1, Chicago showed its dominance on the mound as veteran Early Wynn held the Dodger offense scoreless over seven innings en route to an 11-0 victory. The Dodgers' struggles carried over into Game 2, trailing from the start as their offense still showed no signs of life. But it was Charlie Neal's second home run of the game in the seventh that capped a sensational comeback, helping the Dodgers even up the series. In front of all-time record crowds at the L.A. Coliseum, the Dodgers were able to capture Games 3 and 4 behind strong pitching performances from Don Drysdale and Roger Craig. However, a solid outing by Bob Shaw in Game 5 helped to push the series back to Chicago where the Dodgers would face Wynn for the third time in only a week. But Wynn, along with Dodgers' starter Johnny Podres, pitched ineffectively from the start and it was not until Larry Sherry relieved Podres in the fourth that the Dodgers were able to suppress any hopes of a Chicago comeback.

1963 -- Dodgers over the New York Yankees in the World Series, 4-0
Like so many Dodger teams of the 1960s, this 1963 edition was known for stellar pitching and the arms of Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Johnny Podres and Ron Perranoski shined during the Fall Classic. Those four pitchers were the only ones to throw a pitch for Los Angeles in the World Series, combining to post a 1.00 ERA (4 ER/36.0 IP) and humble the Yankees. In Game 1, Koufax was downright overpowering in a matchup against Whitey Ford, as Koufax fanned 15 Yankee batters, setting a new World Series record. Game 2 went only slightly better for New York, which registered seven hits but just one run off Podres, who teamed with Perranoski in capturing a 4-1 victory. As the series returned to Los Angeles with the Dodgers holding a 2-0 lead, manager Walter Alston turned to Drysdale. The big right-hander battled Jim Bouton in one of the finer pitching duels in World Series history, with Drysdale getting the edge. Though Los Angeles got just one run on four hits, Drysdale held the Yankees scoreless on three hits to give his team a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. The finale witnessed yet another pitcher's duel between Koufax and Ford, but Koufax got the best of his counterpart once again in the column that counts. Despite out-hitting the Dodgers, six to two, the Yankees managed just one run off Koufax while the Dodgers used a solo homer by Frank Howard and a sacrifice fly by Willie Davis to defeat the Yankees, 2-1. With the victory, the Dodgers registered the only Fall Classic sweep ever between the two storied franchises, while the 1963 World Championship remains the only one ever clinched by the Dodgers on their home field.

1965 -- Dodgers over the Minnesota Twins in the World Series, 4-3
After a disappointing season plagued by injuries in 1964, the Dodgers returned to the Fall Classic in 1965 with the same sense of confidence as their championship team two years earlier. The Series started off poorly for both the Dodgers and Don Drysdale as the "Big D" was chased off the mound by the third inning, leaving the Twins and "Mudcat" Grant with a sizeable lead in route to an 8-2 win. The result of Game 2 was not much different for LA, as Koufax could not keep pace with Minnesota pitcher Jim Kaat, suffering the 5-1 loss. However, in their return to L.A., the Dodgers were able to turn their misfortunes around behind Claude Osteen's five-hit shutout in Game 3 as well as Drysdale and Koufax's 11-strikeout performances in Games 4 and 5 respectively, giving LA a 3-2 edge in the Series as it headed back to Minnesota. Even with all of the momentum heading into Game 6, the Dodgers could not capitalize, as the Twins were led by a strong offensive and defensive showing from their ace Grant in a 5-1 victory. Game 7 proved to be a classic as Lou Johnson's home run and Wes Parker's RBI single in the fourth were the only runs needed by Koufax as he closed out the Twins and the Series with a 2-0 win.

1966 -- Baltimore Orioles over the Dodgers in the World Series, 4-0
The 1966 Series between the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers turned out to be a showcase for Baltimore's young pitchers. Game 1 featured Dave McNally and Don Drysdale pitching in Los Angeles and Drysdale was hit hard early with long balls. The Dodgers made a run of their own with a towering home run by Jim Lefebvre in the bottom of the second. When the Orioles' Moe Drabowsky walked Jim Gilliam, forcing in a run in the third, little did the Dodgers know it would be the final time in the series that they would score. Drabowsky pitched masterfully as the O's cruised to a 5-2 win. Still playing at home, the Dodgers tried to change their luck with one of the world's greatest pitchers on the mound, Sandy Koufax. Koufax and Baltimore's Jim Palmer matched pitch for pitch until the top of the fifth. Dodgers' center fielder Willie Davis made three errors as the Orioles took advantage of all them, scoring three times. Palmer owned the Dodgers in Game 2 and the Orioles had a two games-to-none lead in the Series, with a convincing 6-0 win. Game 3 in Baltimore produced a pitchers' duel as LA's Claude Osteen and Baltimore's young Wally Bunker took the mound. The first four innings were scoreless, but Paul Blair changed that in the fifth. Blair blasted a 400-foot homer to left field, and that's all the Birds needed on their way to a 1-0 win, and a commanding three games-to-none lead in the Series. The Baltimore Orioles only needed one hour and fifty-five minutes to capture the World Series Championship in Game 4. In a rematch of Game 1, pitchers Dave McNally and Don Drysdale went to work again. In the bottom of the fourth, Frank Robinson hit a solo homer off Big D, as he did in Game 1. The Orioles only needed Robinson's home run to capture the World Series, winning Game 4, 1-0, sweeping the Dodgers and only allowing two runs in the entire series.

1974 -- Oakland A's over the Dodgers in the World Series, 4-1
Behind a solid pitching corps and a young infield, known as the "Mod Squad," the Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLCS, 3-1, and made their return to the Series, ready to challenge the defending back-to-back World Champion Oakland Athletics. In the first all-California Series, Game 1 proved to be an exciting one as the Dodgers made a ninth-inning effort to even up the score behind a Jimmy Wynn homer and a Steve Garvey single, only to be stymied by Oakland ace "Catfish" Hunter, who earned the save in the A's 3-2 victory. However, the Dodgers quickly bounced back, as pitcher Mike Marshall preserved the Dodgers' 3-2 win by picking off pinch runner Herb Washington at first base and then striking out Angel Mangual to finish the game. Similar to the first two games, Game 3 went down to the wire, as Oakland managed to hold off two late-inning rallies by the Dodgers in their 3-2 win. Game 4 was another battle between Game 1 starters' Ken Holtzman and Andy Messersmith until Oakland capitalized on Messersmith's wildness in the sixth, scoring four runs en route to a 5-2 victory. With the Dodgers facing elimination, manager Walter Alston looked to Don Sutton for help in keeping the team's championship hopes alive in Game 5. Despite a slow start, Sutton managed to keep the game even through five innings, turning the game over to NL Cy Young Award winner Mike Marshall, who would try to keep LA in the series. But it was Joe Rudi's solo home run off Marshall in the seventh that proved to be the difference, as Oakland came away with its third consecutive World Championship.

1977 -- New York Yankees over the Dodgers in the World Series, 4-2
In the Dodgers' return to the World Series after a two-year absence, the Blue Crew was led by new manager Tommy Lasorda along with new acquisitions Dusty Baker, Rick Monday, and Reggie Smith. During the 1977 season, the Dodgers' offense was known for the long ball, as they became the first team to record four players (Steve Garvey, Smith, Ron Cey, and Baker) with 30 or more homers, en route to their sixth NL pennant in LA The Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS, 3-1, but the Dodgers would be once again challenged by their traditional World Series nemesis, the New York Yankees, if they wanted to capture their first championship since the 1965 season. Game 1 was a roller coaster of emotions for Los Angeles as they fell behind in the bottom of the eighth, only to mount a comeback in the ninth and eventually lose the game in the twelfth. Game 2, though, was a reversal of fortunes for the Dodgers as Smith, Cey, and Steve Yeager led the charge with homers and pitcher Burt Hooton held the Yanks to one run. Despite their efforts in Game 3, Los Angeles could not capitalize on an early comeback as New York and starter Mike Torrez held on for a 5-3 victory. Game 4 was not much better for the Dodgers as their bats were kept silent by Yankee ace Ron Guidry in a 4-2 loss. With their backs to the wall, Los Angeles responded with an offensive outpouring in Game 5 as Yeager and Smith's homers helped the team capitalize on two New York errors as the Dodgers pulled off a 10-4 win. But the momentum of Game 5 was short lived as Reggie Jackson slammed three home runs while Torrez once again silenced the Dodgers' offense to claim another world championship for New York.

1978 -- New York Yankees over the Dodgers in the World Series, 4-2
After beating the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS, 3-1, Tommy Lasorda's confident Dodgers opened World Series play against the New York Yankees at Dodger Stadium. Southpaw Tommy John faced Yankee right-hander Ed Figueroa in Game 1, with the Dodgers winning the opener, 11-5. Determined to build their lead in the series, the Dodgers' biggest winner, Burt Hooten, collided with World Series veteran Jim "Catfish" Hunter in Game 2 of the Series. The pitchers' duel ended in a Dodgers' 4-3 victory, extending the Series lead to two games-to-none, but the game will be remembered for the classic battle between the Dodgers' 21-year-old pitcher Bob Welch and Yankee slugger Reggie Jackson. It was strength against strength as Jackson stepped to the plate with two men on and two men out in the top of the ninth. Jackson, a notorious fastball hitter could not catch up to Welch's 3-2 heater and he struck out swinging, ending the game. Yankee third baseman Graig Nettles put on a defensive clinic in Game 3, as Cy Young award winner Ron Guidry pitched against Don Sutton. Nettles saved five or six runs, leading to a deceptive 5-1 victory. Game 4 was a turning point in the series with a controversial call. The Dodgers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the fifth and what appeared to be a sixth inning-ending double play turned out to be the play that may well have decided the series, as Jackson had the relay throw bounce off of him and into right field as a run scored. Lasorda and the rest of the Dodgers argued that Jackson intentionally interfered, and should be the third out without a run scoring. The umpires ruled otherwise and the Yankees went on to win, 4-3. Game 5 was a 12-2 blowout, as Hooten allowed 18 hits and New York rookie Jim Beattie pitched the first complete game of his big league career. Trailing three games to two, the Dodgers returned home, where Jackson got a little revenge off Bob Welch, drilling a fastball into the left-field seats and the Yankees won the game, 7-2, and the World Series in six games.

1981 -- Dodgers over the New York Yankees in the World Series, 4-2
The Dodgers beat the Houston Astros, 3-2, in a playoff necessitated by a strike during the season. Rick Monday's solo homer with two down in the top of the ninth gave the Dodgers a 2-1 win over the Expos in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series to win the NLCS. After losing the World Series to the Yankees in 1977 and 1978, the Dodgers were seeking revenge in 1981. New York captured the first two games of the World Series and with the two teams heading to Yankee Stadium for Game 3, the Dodgers' chances of winning looked bleak. But rookie left-hander Fernando Valenzuela, who had taken the baseball world and all of America by storm during the regular season, pitched a complete game in a 5-4 victory in the first of four consecutive wins for LA After falling behind in the pivotal Game 4, the Dodgers rebounded to score six times in the last four innings and win the game to even the series. In the fifth game, Jerry Reuss was dominant, allowing just a second-inning run in a complete game victory at Dodger Stadium, pulling his team to within one win of the championship. That victory came in Game 6, as the Dodgers jumped out to an 8-1 lead by the top of the sixth inning, which was more than enough for Burt Hooton and Steve Howe, who held New York to two runs while taking home the franchise's fifth World Championship.

1983 -- Philadelphia Phillies over the Dodgers in the NLCS, 3-1
Without longtime Dodgers Steve Garvey and Ron Cey, a young Los Angeles team still won the division with 91 victories. Fernando Valenzuela held off the Phillies in Game 3, with Tom Neidenfeur picking up the save. But the Phillies were better and Steve Carlton beat the Dodgers twice, including the Game 4 finale at Veteran's Stadium. The Dodgers were outscored, 16-8, in the four-game series.

1985 -- St. Louis Cardinals over the Dodgers in the NLCS, 4-2
The NL West champs, the Dodgers faced off against 101-game winners the Cardinals. The Dodgers looked good early, taking the first game behind Fernando Valenzuela and the second on a stellar effort from Orel Hershiser. But once the series turned back to St. Louis, things went south for the Dodgers. St. Louis' bats woke up and after the Cardinals evened the series at two games apiece, the Dodgers turned to ace Fernando Valenzuela. With Valenzuela leaving with the game tied after eight innings, LA turned to Neidenfeur to shut down the Cardinals. But St. Louis rallied in both Game 5 and Game 6 on Neidenfeur, taking the series four games-to-two.

1988 -- Dodgers over the Oakland A's in the World Series, 4-1
The 1988 season was the most memorable of the decade. Picked by some experts to finish fourth in their division, the Dodgers captured the Western Division and defeated the heavily favored New York Mets in the League Championship Series and Oakland Athletics in the World Series. Mike Scioscia drilled a ninth-inning, two-run homer to tie Game 4 of the NLCS at 4-4, and Kirk Gibson evened the Series with the game-winning solo homer in the 12th. The Dodgers won Game 7 of the NLCS, 6-0, behind Series MVP Orel Hershiser's five-hitter. The 1988 World Series gave fans what was later voted as "The Greatest Sports Moment in Los Angeles History" when Kirk Gibson hit a dramatic pinch-hit, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off Oakland relief ace Dennis Eckersley to give the Dodgers a 5-4 victory in Game 1 at Dodger Stadium. Gibson was later named NL MVP. Series MVP Hershiser tossed a four-hitter for a 5-2 win over the A's in Game 5 to give the Dodgers the championship.

1995 -- Cincinnati Reds over the Dodgers in the NLDS, 3-0
In their first trip to the playoffs since winning the 1988 World Series, the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers faced their counterparts from the Central, the Cincinnati Reds. In Game 1, the Reds immediately roughed up Dodger starter Ramon Martinez for four runs on four hits in the first inning and the Dodgers never rebounded from the deficit despite a double and home run from Mike Piazza. Pete Schourek, Mike Jackson, and Jeff Brantley put together nine strong innings in the 7-2 Reds' victory. The Dodgers wasted a stellar seven-inning pitching effort by Ismael Valdes as the Reds beat the Dodgers 5-4 in Game 2. Trailing by three runs in the bottom of the 9th inning, the Dodgers rallied for two runs but came up short as Jeff Brantley shut the door for the save. The Reds put the finishing touches on the series sweep in Game 3 by crushing the Dodgers, 10-1. David Wells pitched six strong innings for the win and NL Rookie of the Year Hideo Nomo surrendered five earned runs in taking the loss for the Dodgers. After easily sweeping the Dodgers in the three games, the Reds lost to the eventual World Series Champion Atlanta Braves in the NLCS.

1996 -- Atlanta Braves over the Dodgers in the NLDS, 3-0
The Dodgers entered the 1996 Division Series against the Atlanta Braves with a 90-72 regular season record, good enough to earn them the National League Wild Card berth. In Game 1 at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers' Ramon Martinez squared off against the Braves' eventual 1996 Cy Young Award winner, John Smoltz in a pitcher's duel. With the game tied 1-1 going into extra innings, Javy Lopez smashed the game-winning home run off Antonio Osuna in the 10th to win it for the Braves. The Dodgers did not fare much better in Game 2, as solo home runs by Ryan Klesko, Fred McGriff and Jermaine Dye proved to be all the offense Greg Maddux would need as the Braves beat starting pitcher Ismael Valdez and the Dodgers, 3-2. Los Angeles only managed three hits against the Braves' pitching combination of Maddux, Greg McMichael, and Mark Wohlers, who earned the save. Game 3 took both teams to Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in what turned out to be the final game of the season for the Dodgers, as the Braves won 5-2 to complete the sweep. After giving up four runs, Hideo Nomo was chased from the game in the fourth inning and winning pitcher Tom Glavine easily handled the Dodgers' struggling offense, which only scored five runs during the entire three-game series. After sweeping the Dodgers in three games, the Braves went on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games before losing to the Yankees in six games in the World Series.

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