This week on the podcast we discuss how the Dodgers offense went dark during the Yankees series, taking some of the air out of the World Series preview balloon.
It was reminiscent of the Dodgers’ offenses in the last two Fall Classics, and like it or not, there isn’t much LA can do to change the narrative short of actually winning a championship. That will be decided in October; it wasn’t decided this weekend, even if it seemed all too familiar.
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This week we look back at Burt “Happy” Hooton, who won Game 6 of the 1981 World Series, the last Fall Classic game between the Dodgers and Yankees. Hooton pitched 10 years for the Dodgers (1975-84), posted a 113 ERA+, won 112 games with LA, and finished second in Cy Young Award voting in 1978.
Hooton was 6-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 11 postseason starts for the Dodgers, including a 0.82 ERA in five October starts in 1981. Hooton ranks second in Dodgers franchise history in postseason wins and starts.
Episode link (time: 48:19)