The Dodgers began as the Brooklyn Atlantics in 1884 and since then have gone on to win six World Series and 23 league titles. Here’s one look at a team made up of the best players in Dodgers history.
Catcher Roy Campanella (1948-57). He just edges out Mike Piazza. Campanella won three MVPs and was solid defensively. One of three Dodger catchers to hit at least 100 homers. Brooklyn Dodgers catch Roy Campanella in March 1952. Associated Press First base Gil Hodges (1943-61). Edges Steve Garvey. Had a lower average than Garvey but was better at almost everything else. Should be in the Hall of Fame. Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers during spring training in Vero Beach, Fla., in March 1956. Associated Press Second base Jackie Robinson (1947-56). If you think he’s in the Hall of Fame just for breaking the color barrier, you should take a look at his numbers. Jackie Robinson, pictured in 1951. Getty Images Third base Ron Cey (1971-82). This has traditionally been a weak spot for the Dodgers. If he wasn’t a direct contemporary of Mike Schmidt and George Brett, Cey would be a lot better known. Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Ron Cey warms up before a game at Dodger Stadium in 1980. Getty Images Shortstop Pee Wee Reese (1940-58). Reese did everything well but no one thing great. A very underrated player. Harold "Pee Wee" Reese at the Brooklyn Dodgers' spring training complex in Vero Beach, Fla,, in March 1, 1953. Harry Harris / Associated Press Left field Zack Wheat (1909-26). Yes, he retired in 1927, but no left fielder has come close to his sustained excellence with the Dodgers. Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder Zach Wheat poses on the dugout steps during the 1919 season. Mark Rucker / Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images Center field Duke Snider (1947-62). The Duke of Flatbush is the Dodgers' all-time leader in homers and RBIs. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Duke Snider, pictured in August 1962. Associated Press Right field Carl Furillo (1946-60). Cannon for an arm, plus hit 192 homers and batted .299. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Furillo, pictured in 1959. File photo Designated hitter Pedro Guerrero (1978-88). The best hitter in baseball in the 1980s was either Guerrero, Schmidt, Brett or Wade Boggs. Pedro Guerrero prepares to bat against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game in the 1983 season at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. Owen C. Shaw / Getty Images Rotation Sandy Koufax (1955-66): If I really need to explain why, then you should probably not be reading this. Don Drysdale (1956-69): Big D would not tolerate a manager taking him out early in games today. Clayton Kershaw (2008-current): The best pitcher of his generation. Dazzy Vance (1922-32, 35): Led NL in strikeouts seven straight seasons and in ERA three times. Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale share a laugh in the Dodger Stadium locker room on Oct. 2, 1965, after Koufax beat the Milwaukee Brewers to win the National League pennant. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers on Aug. 2, 2018.
Dodgers aces past and present: Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale, pictured in October 1965, and Clayton Kershaw (Associated Press; Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Relievers Kenley Jansen (2010-current): The best closer in baseball this decade. Ron Perranoski (1961-72). If any of the great starters faltered in the 1960s, Perranoski was there to pick them up. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, at Dodger Stadium Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times