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1920 Dodgers Week 14: Road warriors

8 wins in 9 games on the road last week for first-place Brooklyn

Brooklyn Robins’ Outfielders Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images

The Brooklyn Dodgers 100 years ago this week continued their winning ways on the road, winning eight of nine games on a wildly successful road trip that propelled them into first place in the National League.

Brooklyn began the week with a win in St. Louis, then ran roughshod through Chicago and continued their winning ways in Cincinnati. Eight wins in nine games made them 14-2 so far on this long road trip, bringing the Dodgers from 2½ games back to four games up in the NL for the week ending July 17.

The offense was in full swing, scoring over five runs per game while hitting 11 triples in nine games. Among the big boppers last week:

  • Hi Myers hit .364 (12-for-33) with four triples, driving in eight and scoring seven
  • Zack Wheat hit .297 (11-for-37) with three triples and three doubles, scoring eight times
  • Ed Konetchy hit .353 (12-for-24) with two triples and a double, scoring six runs
  • Shortstop Ivy Olson hit Brooklyn’s only home run of the week, hitting .317 (13-for-41) while also mixing in a triple and a double

On the pitching side, it was the two future Hall of Famers who stood out.

Burleigh Grimes allowed four runs in both of his starts, though only half of his runs were earned and both were complete game wins, four days apart. He mixed in a relief appearance, closing out Game 1 on Wednesday by getting the final two outs against the Cubs.

Rube Marquard also had a pair of nine-inning wins, allowing four total runs. The last one, on Thursday, wasn’t a complete game, but he earned the win when the Dodgers tallied the winning run in the top of the 10th inning to close out a fruitful win at Wrigley Field that saw them win five of six games.

Week 14 summary

8-1 record
47 runs scored (5.22 per game)
22 runs allowed (2.44 per game)
.800 pythagorean record

Year to date

51-33 record
361 runs scored (4.25 per game)
262 runs allowed (3.08 per game)
.643 pythagorean record (54-30)

NL standing: 1st place, 4 games up on the Reds

Game results

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