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 matched 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 sixth-seeded 1959 L.A. Dodgers vs. the 11th-seeded 1977 L.A. Dodgers. Take a look at both teams, then vote in our poll:
No. 6: 1959 L.A. Dodgers (88-68, won World Series) — The Dodgers win it all in only their second season in Los Angeles, with Gil Hodges (.276, 25, 80) and Duke Snider (.308, 23, 88) leading the way on offense and Don Drysdale (17-13, 3.46) and Johnny Podres (14-8, 4.11) stalwarts on the mound.
No. 11: 1977 L.A. Dodgers (98-64, lost in World Series) — This was the first team to have four players hit 30 or more homers: Steve Garvey (.297, 33, 115), Reggie Smith (.307, 32, 87), Ron Cey (.241, 30, 110) and Dusty Baker (.291, 30, 86).