The Dodgers have had many great teams in their long history, but which was the best? On the heels of Times readers' picking the all-time best Dodgers at each position, we now ask you decide the best overall team in Dodgers history.
The best 16 Dodgers teams of all time have been chosen and will match up in an NCAA-tournament-style bracket, with your votes deciding the winner. The six Dodgers World Series champions get the top six seeds, with 10 other Dodgers teams filling out the remainder of the field. Starting today, you will be able to vote for one matchup each weekday until we eventually have a winner.
Today's first-round matchup: the 1963 L.A. Dodgers vs. the 2009 L.A. Dodgers. Take a look at both teams, then vote in our poll:
No. 2: 1963 L.A. Dodgers (99-63, won World Series) -- This team, which swept the Yankees in the World Series, was led by Sandy Koufax (25-5, 1.88) and Don Drysdale (19-17, 2.63). On offense, Frank Howard (.273, 28, 64) and Tommy Davis (.326, 16, 88) provided the power with Maury Wills (.302, 40 steals) wreaking havoc on the bases.
No. 15: 2009 L.A. Dodgers (95-67, lost in NLCS) -- Andre Ethier (.272, 31, 106) had his best season and was helped by Matt Kemp (.297, 26, 101) and Manny Ramirez (.290, 19, 63). Randy Wolf (11-7, 3.23) and Chad Billingsley (12-11, 4.03) led the staff in Clayton Kershaw's (8-8, 2.79) second season. Jonathan Broxton (7-2, 2.61, 36 saves) made things interesting at the end.