1976 Los Angeles Dodgers season

1976 Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Walter O'Malley
General manager(s) Al Campanis
Manager(s) Walter Alston, Tommy Lasorda
Local television KTTV (11)
Local radio KABC
Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett
Jaime Jarrín, Rudy Hoyos
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The 1976 Los Angeles Dodgers finished the season in second place in the western division of the National League. The big news was when long-time manager of two decades Walter Alston resigned abruptly near the end of the season and was replaced by Tommy Lasorda who would manage the team for two decades himself.


Regular season

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 10260 0.630 49–32 53–28
Los Angeles Dodgers 9270 0.568 10 49–32 43–38
Houston Astros 8082 0.494 22 46–36 34–46
San Francisco Giants 7488 0.457 28 40–41 34–47
San Diego Padres 7389 0.451 29 42–38 31–51
Atlanta Braves 7092 0.432 32 34–47 36–45

Record vs. opponents

1976 National League Records

Atlanta 6–66–127–118–108–44–85–73–910–89–94–8
Chicago 6–63–95–73–911–75–138–108–106–68–412–6
Cincinnati 12–69–312–613–59–36–65–78–413–59–96–6
Houston 11–77–56–125–1310–26–64–82–1010–810–89–3
Los Angeles 10–89–35–1313–510–27–55–79–36–128–1010–2
Montreal 4–87–113–92–102–108–103–158–104–87–57–11
New York 8–413–56–66–65–710–85–1310–87–57–59–9
Philadelphia 7-510–87–58–47–515–313–58–108–46–612–6
Pittsburgh 9–310–84–810–23–910–88–1010–87–59–312–6
San Diego 8–106–65–138–1012–68–45–74–85–78–104–8
San Francisco 9–94–89–98–1010–85–75–76–63–910–85–7
St. Louis 8–46–126–63–92–1011–79–96–126–128–47–5

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day starters
Bill BucknerLeft fielder
Ted SizemoreSecond baseman
Dusty BakerCenter fielder
Steve GarveyFirst baseman
Ron CeyThird baseman
Joe FergusonRight fielder
Steve YeagerCatcher
Bill RussellShortstop
Don SuttonStarting pitcher

Notable transactions


1976 Los Angeles Dodgers
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CSteve Yeager11735977.2141135
1BSteve Garvey162631200.3171380
2BDavey Lopes117427103.241420
3BRon Cey145502139.2772360
SSBill Russell149554152.274565
LFBill Buckner154642193.301760
CFDusty Baker11238493.242439
RFReggie Smith6522563.2801026

Other batters

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ted Sizemore8426664.241018
Joe Ferguson5418541.222618
Ed Goodson8311827.229317
Ellie Rodríguez366614.21209
Danny Walton18152.13302


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Burt Hooton33226.211153.26116
Tommy John3120710103.0991

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Al Downing1746.2123.8630

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Charlie Hough77128182.2181
Elías Sosa242413.4820

Awards and honors


Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League Stan Wasiak
AA Waterbury Dodgers Eastern League Don LeJohn
A Lodi Dodgers California League James B. Williams
A Danville Dodgers Midwest League Dick McLaughlin
Rookie Bellingham Dodgers Northwest League Bill Berrier

1976 Major League Baseball draft

The Dodgers drafted 41 players in the June draft and 14 in the January draft. Of those, ten players would eventually play in the Major Leagues.

The top draft pick in the June draft was catcher Mike Scioscia from Springfield High School in Pennsylvania. He would be the Dodgers starting catcher from 1980–1992 and was a 2-time All-Star and 2-time World Series Champion with the Dodgers. After his playing career ended he became the manager of the Anaheim Angels and would win another World Series as their manager in 2002.



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