Don Newcombe becomes the first black to post twenty victories in a season. In a must-win contest for the Dodgers, the right-hander bests Robin Roberts, also a 20-game-winner, when he blanks the Phillies at Shibe Park, 5-0.
At the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the Dodgers capture the NL flag with a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Braves, taking the first two games of the three-game playoff necessitated by the teams tied on the last day of the season. The deciding run comes in the bottom of the 12th inning after the first two batters make outs when Gil Hodges walks and scores on singles by Joe Pignatano and Carl Furillo.
Tommy Lasorda is named to succeed Walter Alston as the Dodger manager. 'Smokey' compiled a 2040-1613 record (.558) during his 23-year tenure with the club, winning seven pennants and four world championships.
Manny Mota sets a major league record with his 146th career pinch-hit, a single to right field, in LA's 6-2 victory over Chicago at Dodger Stadium. The Dominican Republic native surpasses the record set by Smoky Burgess, who collected his last hit as a pinch-hitter in 1967.
Gary Sheffield ties the Dodgers' single-season home run record when he goes deep off Woody Williams in the team's 3-0 victory over San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium. With his career-best 43rd round-tripper, the left fielder now shares the team mark with Duke Snider, who established the record in 1956 when he played for Brooklyn.