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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pee Wee Reese (1940-58). Reese did everything well but no one thing great. A very underrated player.
Zack Wheat (1909-26). Yes, he retired in 1927, but no left fielder has come close to his sustained excellence with the Dodgers.
Duke Snider (1947-62). The Duke of Flatbush is the Dodgers' all-time leader in homers and RBIs.
Carl Furillo (1946-60). Cannon for an arm, plus hit 192 homers and batted .299.
Pedro Guerrero (1978-88). The best hitter in baseball in the 1980s was either Guerrero, Schmidt, Brett or Wade Boggs.
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.
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.