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BROOKLYN DODGERS
October 01, 1956
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October 01, 1956

Brooklyn Dodgers

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15 SANDY AMOROS, LF
Bats L, throws L. .258 avg. 13 HR. Despite low average, a dangerous hitter with real power for his size. Very good fast-ball hitter; pitch him breaking stuff inside, an occasional curve low and away. Not an outstanding fielder; although fast and quick, not a dangerous base runner.

42 JACKIE ROBINSON, 3B
Bats R, throws R. .277 avg. 9 HR. Part-time player in early season but real mainstay in stretch run; great in clutch. Likes breaking stuff, so pitch him fast and tight. Bunts like an artist; watch out for squeeze. Greatest base runner in baseball; terrorizes pitchers.

14 GIL HODGES, 1B
Bats R, throws R. .258 avg. 30 HR. This wasn't his best year but he can still break up the ball game. Good fast-ball hitter with real power, but very weak on breaking stuff; curve him low and outside. Good bunter, runs bases well, a genius with the glove around first.

2 RANDY JACKSON, 3B
Bats R, throws R. .275 avg. 8 HR. After fast start, freak midseason accident cost him chance to remain Dodger regular. Now fills in for Robinson, pinch-hits. A good infielder with power. Likes first pitch, above-average curve-ball hitter. Pitch him tight, move ball around.

BOARD OF STRATEGY AND RESERVES

WALTER ALSTON, MGR.
24 Alston has done a remarkable job with his aging, slumping team, although he gives much credit to 33 JOE BECKER, pitching coach, for mound staff's surprising effectiveness. 22 BILLY HERMAN at third and 31 JAKE PITLER at first are exceptional baseline coaches.

The Brooklyn bench runs to Speed and defense, leaves hitting to regulars for most part, with the exception of 8 DALE MITCHELL (L). 3 CHICO FERNANDEZ (R), SS, 43 CHARLIE NEAL (R), 2b, and 9 GINO CIMOLI (R), of, are slick glove men, fast on bases. 10 AL WALKER (L) and 54 DIXIE HOWELL (R) are slow-footed but reliable relief for Campanella. Likely starting pitchers are 17 CARL ERSKINE (R), bothered by sore arm, 40 ROGER CRAIG (R) and 53 DON DRYSDALE (R). 46 DON BESSENT has Superior fast ball, is No. 2 reliever. Other pitchers are 32 SANDY KOUFAX (L), 16 KEN LEHMAN (L), 37 ED ROEBUCK (R).

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