Dodgers’ Youth Movement


  Nov. 30, 1960, Dodgers  

Nov. 30, 1960: The Dodgers' youth movement rolled on.

"Our kids continue to improve and none of them has reached his peak," Manager Walt Alston told The Times' Frank Finch. "The Dodgers will be a team to be reckoned with for some time."

Highest on the list of future Dodgers were players who appeared in Los Angeles during the disappointing 1960 season—Frank Howard, Willie Davis and Tommy Davis.

Things had changed dramatically for the Dodgers since the move to Los Angeles before the 1958 season, when the team included many stars from its years in Brooklyn.

Consider the plight of Gil Hodges, an eight-time all star who was a fixture at first base. Discussing his catching situation Alston said he might keep only two catchers in 1961 "if Hodges is still around."

–Keith Thursby

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