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1963 Dodgers Week 11: Sandy Koufax’s scoreless streak, Jim Gilliam homers

1963 World Series - Game 4: New York Yankees v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images

Sixty years ago this week, the Dodgers were mired in a tightly-packed race atop the National League, splitting six games on the road with fellow pennant contenders in the Giants and Cardinals.

The Dodgers moved briefly into second place with a win on Monday in San Francisco, but ended the week in fourth, but only 1½ games out.

The series with the Giants featured the top two draws in the majors in 1963, with the three games totaling 115,982 fans, an average of 38,661 per game. By contrast, the No. 3 team in attendance this season was the Twins, averaging 17,366 fans.

Wednesday afternoon’s series finale featured 41,384 fans, and caused a major freeway congestion in the Bay Area. From the Associated Press:

More than 40,000 fans packed Candlestick Park for Wednesday’s Los Angeles-San Francisco Giant baseball game and caused the biggest traffic jam since National League opened there three years ago.

By the second inning, police shut off all roads leading to the area and announced neither tickets nor parking space was available. The Highway Patrol and all San Francisco motorcycle officers blocked freeway exits leading to Candlestick and diverted traffic.

Batter of the week

Jim Gilliam had at least one hit in all five games he played, hitting .350 (7-for-20), and his go-ahead three-run home run on Sunday to beat the Cardinals, pulling the Dodgers to within 1½ games of St. Louis.

Pitcher of the week

Sandy Koufax won both of his starts last week, first flying to San Francisco a day ahead of his teammates to be well rested for Monday’s series opener. The resulting shutout was nearly followed by another, as he blanked St. Louis on Friday for eight innings before Tim McCarver hit a three-run home run with two outs in the ninth.

That home run snapped a 26-inning scoreless streak for Koufax, started with last week’s shutout. It’s the longest streak of Koufax’s career, beating his 22⅔-inning streak from April 19-May 7 earlier in 1963.

Week 11 results

3-3 record
18 runs scored (3.00 per game)
25 runs allowed (3.17 per game)
.354 pythagorean win percentage

Year to date

39-30-1 record
274 runs scored (3.91 per game)
251 runs allowed (3.59 per game)
.540 pythagorean win percentage (37-32)

Game results

1963 Week 11 batting

Player AB R H 2B HR RBI SB BB PA BA OBP SLG OPS
Player AB R H 2B HR RBI SB BB PA BA OBP SLG OPS
Fairly 15 3 6 1 1 3 0 1 16 0.400 0.438 0.667 1.104
Gilliam 20 2 7 1 1 3 1 0 20 0.350 0.350 0.550 0.900
Tracewski 16 2 6 1 0 0 0 2 18 0.375 0.444 0.438 0.882
T.Davis 22 2 6 0 2 3 1 2 24 0.273 0.333 0.545 0.879
W.Davis 22 3 6 0 1 2 1 0 23 0.273 0.273 0.409 0.682
Wills 26 3 6 1 0 1 2 2 28 0.231 0.286 0.269 0.555
Skowron 17 1 3 1 0 4 0 2 20 0.176 0.300 0.235 0.535
Roseboro 16 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 17 0.063 0.118 0.063 0.180
Starters 154 16 41 5 5 16 5 10 166 0.266 0.315 0.396 0.711
Moon 11 0 3 1 0 1 0 1 12 0.273 0.333 0.364 0.697
Zimmer 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
Camilli 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.143 0.143 0.143 0.286
Oliver 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Howard 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Walls 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Bench 38 2 5 1 0 1 0 1 39 0.132 0.154 0.158 0.312
Pitchers 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 15 0.154 0.154 0.154 0.308
Offense 205 18 48 6 5 17 5 11 220 0.234 0.276 0.337 0.613

1963 Week 11 pitching

Pitcher G Record IP H R ER BB SO ERA WHIP FIP
Pitcher G Record IP H R ER BB SO ERA WHIP FIP
Willhite 1 0-1 6.0 4 2 1 3 8 1.50 1.167 3.63
Koufax 2 2-0 17.7 10 3 3 7 18 1.53 0.962 2.52
Drysdale 1 0-1 4.3 9 6 4 2 2 8.31 2.538 6.09
Miller 1 0-1 2.0 7 6 4 0 1 18.00 3.500 1.63
Podres 1 0-0 0.3 2 2 2 1 1 54.00 9.000 44.63
Starters 6 2-3 30.3 32 19 14 13 30 4.15 1.484 3.65
Perranoski 4 0-0 6.7 4 0 0 1 6 0.00 0.750 1.28
Roebuck 2 0-0 2.3 1 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.857 3.92
Miller 1 1-0 5.7 4 1 1 0 0 1.59 0.706 2.63
Sherry 2 0-0 4.0 3 3 2 3 2 4.50 1.500 6.38
Scott 1 0-0 2.0 3 2 1 2 0 4.50 2.500 12.13
Bullpen 10 1-0 20.7 15 6 4 7 8 1.74 1.065 3.98
Totals 16 3-3 51.0 47 25 18 20 38 3.18 1.314 3.79

Previous 1963 reviews: Snider to Mets | Nate Oliver | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10

The week ahead

The Dodgers run the Moe Drabowsky gauntlet this week, finishing off the road trip in Cincinnati before returning home to host the Braves at Dodger Stadium.