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 L.A. Dodgers at each position, we now ask you decide the best overall team, Brooklyn or Los Angeles, 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, we move to the second round.
Today's second-round matchup pits the second-seeded 1963 L.A. Dodgers against the seventh-seeded 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers. Take a look at both teams below, then vote
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. 7: 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers (105-49, lost in World Series): Many experts consider this the best Dodgers team ever, even if they did lose in the World Series to the Yankees. Seven of eight starters had at least 10 homers, with outstanding seasons by league MVP Roy Campanella (.312, 41, 142), Gil Hodges (.302, 31, 122), Jackie Robinson (.329, 12, 94) and Duke Snider (.336, 42, 126) among others. Carl Erskine (20-6, 3.54) was the ace of the staff.