Babe Phelps Holds M.L. Catchers Record

Over the history of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles franchise, the Dodgers have had only seven catchers who surpassed the .300 mark. Mike Piazza holds five slots on the list. Babe Phelps and Roy Campanella each hit .300 three times. Zach Taylor and Al Lopez have their name on the chart twice.

Piazza made a great run at Babe Phelps franchise record .373 in 1997. He used a .431 average in June and a closing kick of .406 in September, including a sizzling 11-for-18 (.611) in the season-ending, four game series in Colorado, to finish with a .362 average.

Although he fell a bit short, he recorded an all-time Los Angeles batting average, topping Tommy Davis' .353 in 1962. Piazza also had seasons of .319, .318, .336 and .346.

Campanella hit extremely well in odd years, losing continuity due primarily to injuries. He hit .325 in 1951, .312 in 1953 and .325 in 1955, winning the MVP award each season.

Piazza is the only Los Angeles catcher on the all-time list.

Phelps hit a sizzling .367 in 1936 but only had 319 times at bat. However, the rule of the day decreed that to win the batting title you must play in 100 games, a qualification he met by playing in 115.

Some license was taken when compiling this list. Zach Taylor's .310 in 1925 and Phelps .305 in 1940 are on the chart although they did not catch the required 100 games. Hank DeBerry's .301 in 1922 came over just 85 games and Ray Schmandt's .306 was in 86 games.
 Dodger catchers who hit .300:
.367 - Babe Phelps, 1936
.365 - Mike Piazza, 1997
.346 - Mike Piazza, 1995
.336 - Mike Piazza, 1996
.325 - Roy Campanella, 1951

.319 - Mike Piazza, 1994
.318 - Mike Piazza, 1993
.317 - Roy Campanella, 1955
.313 - Babe Phelps, 1937
.315 - Zack Taylor, 1925

.312 - Roy Campanella, 1953
.310 - Zack Taylor, 1925
.309 - Al Lopez, 1929
.306 - Ray Schmandt, 1921
.305 - Babe Phelps, 1940

.301 - Hank DeBerry, 1922
.301 - Al Lopez, 1932

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