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 to 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 1981 L.A. Dodgers vs. the 1920 Brooklyn Robins. Take a look at both teams, then vote in our poll:
No. 5: 1981 L.A. Dodgers (63-47, won World Series): The Garvey-Lopes-Russell-Cey infield finally won a World Series in this strike-shortened season. Many say it was undeserved, because the Dodgers didn't even have the best record in the NL West in 1981, but Manager Tommy Lasorda, knowing he already had a playoff spot locked up, cleverly rested many of his regulars in the second half, giving more playing time to guys like Mike Scioscia, Rick Monday and Steve Sax, which gave him a sharp bench in the playoffs.
No. 12: 1920 Brooklyn Robins (93-61, lost in World Series): Yes, the Dodgers were named the Robins for a while, named after Manager Wilbert Robinson. Led by Hall of Famers Zack Wheat (.328, 9. 73) and Burleigh Grimes (23-11, 2.22), this team led the league in ERA and finished third in runs scored and won the NL by seven games over the New York Giants.