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1966 Japan Trip

November 16, 1966 – The National League champion Dodgers concluded their 18-game postseason tour of Japan. It was the second of three Japan visits by the Dodgers (1956, 1966, 1993). During the trip, Dodger president Walter O’Malley was presented with the high honor for a non-Japanese, the Order of the Sacred Treasure Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon Award for promoting better relations with Japan through baseball.

Ned Colletti

November 15, 2005 – The Dodgers named Ned Colletti as the 10th general manager in Los Angeles history. The Dodgers reached the playoffs three times in his first four seasons, the first GM in Dodger history to accomplish that feat. Colletti reached 500 wins as a GM in 2011, hitting the milestone in 953 games, which ranks second among Dodger GMs behind Buzzie Bavasi (895 games), who was the Brooklyn/Los Angeles GM from 1950-68.

Jim Brewer

Former Dodger pitcher Jim Brewer was born on this date in 1937 in Merced, CA. Brewer grew up in Broken Arrow, OK and he pitched for the Dodgers from 1964-75 after a trade from the Chicago Cubs. Brewer went 61-51 with a 2.62 ERA and 125 saves during his Dodger career. He was a Dodger minor league instructor at the time of his passing in an auto accident at age 50 in November 1987.

Eric Gagne

November 13, 2003 – Eric Gagne became the ninth relief pitcher in MLB history to win the Cy Young Award. Gagne went 2-3 with a 1.20 ERA and he converted all 55 save opportunities. Gagne began his career as a starting pitcher and was converted to closer in April 2002. He holds the MLB record for converting 84 consecutive save opportunities between 2002 and 2004.

Kirby Higbe Trade

November 12, 1940 – The Brooklyn Dodgers sent Vito Tamulis, Bill Crouch, Mickey Livingston and $100,000 to the Philadelphia Phillies for pitcher Kirby Higbe. Higbe went 22-9 in 1941 and sparked the Dodgers to their first pennant in 21 years. He played for Brooklyn from 1941-43 and 1946-47 with two years of service in World War II. He was 70-38 as a Dodger and his .648 winning percentage ranks fourth among Dodger pitchers in history with at least 100 decisions.

Bob Gibson

November 9, 1935 – Cardinals’ Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson was born in Omaha, NE. Gibson made his MLB debut against the Dodgers at the Los Angeles Coliseum on 4/15/59, pitching two scoreless innings of relief. He allowed two runs, including a home run by third baseman Jim Baxes, in a 5-0 Dodger victory. In 1968, Gibson had a streak of 47 consecutive scoreless innings, threatening the record of 58 2/3 set a month earlier by Dodger right-hander Don Drysdale. The streak ended at Dodger Stadium on July 1 when Gibson uncorked a two-out wild pitch in the first inning, allowing Len Gabrielson to score from third base. Gibson finished the 1968 season with a 22-9 record and 1.12 ERA, the lowest in MLB history for a starting pitcher.

Strawberry Signs

November 8, 1990 – The Dodgers signed free agent Darryl Strawberry to a five-year contract. In his eight seasons with the Mets, Strawberry became the franchise leader in career home runs (252). The Crenshaw High School graduate was selected by the Mets as the first overall selection in the June 1980 First-Year Player Draft. During his three years with the Dodgers from 1991-93, Strawberry batted .243 in 214 games with 38 home runs and 136 RBI.

Iron Mike

November 7, 1974 – Right-hander Mike Marshall becomes the first reliever to win the Cy Young Award. Marshall set MLB records for most innings in relief (208.1), games (106), consecutive appearances (14) and games finished (83). Marshall went 15-12 with a 2.42 ERA and 21 saves to help the Dodgers win their first National League pennant since 1966. The Dodgers acquired Marshall from the Montreal Expos prior to the 1974 season in exchange for center fielder Willie Davis.

Top Rookies

November 6, 1996 – Outfielder Todd Hollandsworth becomes the fifth consecutive Dodger to win N.L. Rookie of the Year honors, following first baseman Eric Karros (1992), catcher Mike Piazza (1993), outfielder Raul Mondesi (1994) and pitcher Hideo Nomo (1995). The Dodgers had four consecutive Rookies of the Year between 1979 and 1982 – pitchers Steve Howe, Rick Sutcliffe, Fernando Valenzuela and second baseman Steve Sax.

Greg Maddux

November 5, 2008 – Greg Maddux extends his Major League record with his 18th Gold Glove Award. The right-handed pitcher, acquired by Los Angeles on August 19 from the Padres, has two more Gold Gloves than Brooks Robinson and Jim Kaat. Maddux won the award 18 of 19 seasons, except in 2003 with Colorado’s Mike Hampton took the prize. Maddux won 355 games during his career, including an 8-7 record in 19 games with Los Angeles in two stints during the 2006 and 2008 seasons.