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The all-time Dodgers starting lineup

The all-time Dodgers starting lineup
Jackie Robinson in 1952. (Associated Press)

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.

Roy Campanella
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
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
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.

Ron Cey
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
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.

Zack Wheat
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.

Duke Snider
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.

Carl Furillo
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
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.

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - AUG. 22, 2018. Dodgers closwr Kenley Jansen delivers a pitch against the Car
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

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