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Friday, September 9, 2011
Revisiting 1979

Rock bottomTurning pointUp topAll together
1979 Dodgers36-57 (.387)July 1943-26 (.623)79-83, third place, 11 1/2 GB
2011 Dodgers37-51 (.420)July 733-21 (.611)70-72, third place, 12 GB (through Thursday)

After the 1979 season, the Dodgers rallied in 1980 to force a tie for the National League West title after 162 games. Proposal: We take the 163rd game away from 1980, which really did the Dodgers little good, and stick it at the end of the 2011 schedule, which is missing a game and where it will do much less harm.