Although there will be no postseason play for the Los Angeles Dodgers this year, I wanted to look back at some of the team’s greatest postseason moments of the 1960s and 1970s.
1. Dodgers Sweep Yankees for first home World Series win in Los Angeles, 1963: All the more sweet because they defeated the New York Yankees, the Dodgers won their first World Series at home, in Dodger Stadium, in 1963. This moment was Sunday, October 6, 1963.
2. Sandy Koufax wins two complete games to help Dodgers sweep Yankees in the 1963 World Series: Facing another legend, Whitey Ford in both games, Koufax also had a 1.88 ERA and established himself as one of the games greatest pitchers.
3. Sandy Koufax dominates the then-Milwaukee Braves to help Dodgers win the NL pennant, October 2, 1965: It was the final weekend of the regular season and Koufax, who went the whole game, allowed only one run on four hits, while recording 13 strikeouts.
4. Sandy Koufax sits out game one of the 1965 World Series to observe a Jewish holiday, October 6, 1965: To observe the holiday of Yom Kippur, Koufax refused to pitch in Game One of the World Series. The Dodgers went through four pitchers that day, losing to the Twins 8-2. It set a precedent for players being public about their religious observance and also helped show the American public one of their greatest sports heroes was Jewish.
5. World Series win against the Minnesota Twins, October 14, 1965: With Dodger legends Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax on the mound during the Series, I think a win was the only possible outcome. It was a tough series, played in Minnesota, and went seven games.
6. Sandy Koufax pitches NL pennant-winning game, October 2, 1966: On the last regular season game, with the Dodgers in a must-win situation, Dodger icon Sandy Koufax delivered the win and the pennant. He would then go on to shock fans with his retirement, at age 30, after a season where he went 27-9 with a 1.73 ERA.
7. Dodgers sweep Pirates to win NL pennant, October 9, 1974: Steve Garvey was the hero of this postseason moment, with two home runs in a 12-2 blowout of the Pirates to win the NL pennant. In the NLCS, Garvey had 2 homers, 5 RBI and hit .389.
8. Tommy John shuts down the Phillies for the 1977 NL pennant win, October 8, 1977: He may be better now known as a type of surgery pitchers undergo, Tommy John was a great Dodger pitcher and helped the team lock the 1977 NL championship, when he went the full game to beat the Phillies.
8. Ron Cey and Steve Garvey each hit homers to help Dodgers beat Phillies to win NL pennant, October 7, 1978: It was another NLCS sweep for the Dodgers who beat the Phillies in four games. Cey and Garvey each hit homers in Game Four to help push the Dodgers to a 4-3 win.
10. Dusty Baker knocks in a homer and Davey Lopes smacks two to help the Dodgers win Game One of the 1978 World Series, October 10, 1978: Although the Dodgers would end up losing the Series to the New York Yankees 2-4, the sure looked great winning Game One, 11-5.
Freddy Sherman grew up in Philadelphia, which didn’t make being a Los Angeles Dodgers fan easy. He has lived in Los Angeles for twenty years, now able to follow the Dodgers openly and attends games frequently. You can follow him on Twitter -@thefredsherman.
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