25 Greatest Dodgers of All Time

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIApril 15, 2013

25 Greatest Dodgers of All Time

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers have a long and proud history.

    From their days in Brooklyn to their present in Los Angeles, there's a lot of history to the Dodgers organization.

    But, what would any organization be without the people in uniform?

    Many will argue how a top 25 list should be comprised, but few will argue with what each brought to the organization.

    Here's a look at the top 25 Dodgers of all time.

Honorable Mentions

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    These guys didn't make the top 25, but they're still worth mentioning.

     

    Davey Lopes

    Lopes spent 10 years with the Dodgers (1972-81). He made four All-Star teams and finished his career with the Dodgers with 1,204 hits, 99 home runs, 384 RBI, 418 stolen bases and a .262 batting average.

    He is now the first-base coach for the Dodgers.

     

    Tommy Davis

    Davis spent eight years with the Dodgers (1959-66). He made two All-Star teams and won two NL batting titles. His Dodger total includes a .301 average, 86 home runs and 465 RBI.

     

    Don Newcombe

    Newcombe spent eight years with the Dodgers (1949-51, 54-58) after having a two-year break due to military service.

    During his time in blue, Newcombe went 123-66 with a 3.51 ERA and 913 strikeouts. He won the NL Cy Young and MVP awards in 1956 after going 27-7 with a 3.06 ERA and 139 strikeouts.

25. Brickyard Kennedy

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    Unless you're a die-hard Dodger fan who knows all about their history, Brickyard Kennedy might not be on your radar.

    Kennedy played for 10 years with Brooklyn (1892-1901), compiling a record of 177-149.

    He had a 3.98 ERA, with four seasons of at least 20 wins.

    During that time, Brooklyn had names like Grooms, Bridegrooms and Superbas.

    It was a period in history where pitchers were expected to make between 30-40 starts a year.

24. Eric Gagne

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    Eric Gagne not only holds the record for most saves with the franchise (171), but also holds the top three spots for saves in a season (55, 52, 45).

    During his tenure in Los Angeles (1999-2006), he converted 84 consecutive saves, which is still a big-league record.

    He won the NL Cy Young in 2007 after getting 55 saves.

    While his career was cut short due to injury, he still goes down as the greatest closer in Dodger history.

23. Ramon Martinez

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    Ramon Martinez spent 11 years with the Dodgers and compiled a record of 123-77.

    During that time he had a 3.45 ERA, 1,314 strikeouts and a 1.283 WHIP.

    He also joins 17 other pitchers as being the only players to have struck out 18 or more batters in one game when he accomplished the feat on June 4, 1990.

22. Ron Cey

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    Ron Cey spent 12 years with the Dodgers (1971-82).

    During that time, he made six-straight All-Star appearances and batted .264.

    He ranks fifth all-time in home runs (228) and walks (765).

21. Willie Davis

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    Willie Davis played for the Dodgers from 1960-73.

    He won three straight Gold Gloves in center field from 1971-73.

    His 2,091 hits and 335 stolen bases rank third all-time in team history.

    Sadly, Davis is most known for the three errors he made in Game 2 of the 1966 World Series. However, even without the errors, the Dodgers likely would have lost since the offense couldn't score runs.

    It was that game that ended up being the last of Sandy Koufax's career.

20. Kirk Gibson

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    Kirk Gibson only played three years with the Dodgers, but it's impossible to keep someone off the list that had one of the greatest moments in Dodger history.

    Gibson wasn't expected to play in any games in the 1988 World Series due to injury.

    Then, manager Tommy Lasorda inserted him into Game 1 in the bottom of the ninth with two outs against Dennis Eckersley.

    And the rest is history as Gibson smacked the game-winning home run, pumping his fist as he trotted around the bases.

    It's one of the most lasting images in franchise history.

19. Pee Wee Reese

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    Pee Wee Reese spent his entire 16-year career with the Dodgers (1940-42, 46-58) with a three-year break for military service in World War II.

    He ranks first in team history in runs scored (1,338) and walks (1,210), and second in hits (2,170).

    Reese is most known for his friendship with Jackie Robinson.

    When Robinson first came into the league, he was heckled, threatened, thrown at and bullied by fans and players alike.

    Most historians will agree that Reese was instrumental in helping bring Robinson along in the big leagues.

18. Zack Wheat

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    Zack Wheat spent all but one of his 19 years with the Dodgers (1909-26).

    He holds the franchise record for hits (2,804), games (2,322), at-bats (8,859), doubles (464) and triples (171). He also ranks second in runs (1,255) and third in RBI (1,210).

    Wheat may be another one of those that isn't a household name, but he brings a lot to the history of the franchise.

17. Dazzy Vance

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    Dazzy Vance spent 12 years with the Dodgers (1922-32, 1935).

    During that time, he compiled a record of 190-131 with a 3.17 ERA and 1,918 strikeouts.

    His win total ranks third in franchise history, while his strikeouts rank fourth. All this while pitching in fewer games than those above him.

16. Gil Hodges

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    Gil Hodges had two at-bats in the 1943 season and then spent the next two years serving in the military.

    After returning to the big leagues in 1947, he spent the next 15 years in a Dodger uniform.

    He finished his Dodger career batting .274 with 361 home runs and 1,274 RBI. His home run and RBI totals rank first in team history.

    His career also saw him earn nine All-Star appearances.

15. Steve Garvey

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    Steve Garvey spent 14 years with the Dodgers (1969-82).

    He batted .301 during that time with 211 home runs and 992 RBI.

    His 333 doubles rank third all-time, while his 1,958 hits rank fifth all-time.

    Garvey had six 200-hit season, won the 1974 NL MVP and was named to eight All-Star teams while with the Dodgers. He also won four Gold Gloves at first base.

14. Walter Alston

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    Walter Alston makes the list for the success he had for 23 years as the manager of the Dodgers.

    The first four years were in Brooklyn before the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958.

    Over the course of his managerial career, Alston won 2,040 games, which ranks ninth all-time.

    He also won World Series in 1955, 1959, 1963 and 1965 to go along with three more NL pennants.

13. Maury Wills

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    Maury Wills spent 12 years with the Dodgers (1959-66, 69-72).

    During that time, he had a .281 batting average with 374 RBI and franchise-leading 490 stolen bases.

    He won the 1962 MVP award after stealing 104 bases, becoming the first person to hit triple-digit stolen bases since 1891.

12. Mike Piazza

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    Who would have thought a 62nd-round pick would rank this high on any list?

    But, that's exactly the case for Mike Piazza.

    Piazza spent seven years with the Dodgers (1992-98), where he won the 1993 NL Rookie of the Year. He was also named to six straight All-Star teams and won six straight Silver Sluggers.

    Piazza will go down as one of the greatest hitting catchers of all time, but will always be questioned for his defense.

    Still, it's hard to argue his place in Dodger history.

11. Orel Hershiser

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    Orel Hershiser spent 13 of his 18 years (1983-94, 2000) with the Dodgers.

    He compiled a record of 135-107 with a 3.12 ERA and 1,456 strikeouts.

    Hershiser won the NL Cy Young in 1988, going 23-8 with 2.26 ERA and 208 strikeouts. That year, he led the league in wins, complete games (15), shutouts (8), innings pitched (267) and batter's faced (1,068).

    In the 1988 playoffs, Hershiser was dominant.

    He started Games 1 and 3 of the NLCS against the New York Mets, and picked up the save in Game 4. He then pitched a shutout in Game 7 and was selected the NLCS MVP.

    Then, in the World Series, he pitched a shutout in Game 2 and have a complete-game win in Game 5, clinching the title over the Oakland Athletics.

10. Roy Campanella

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    Perhaps the greatest catcher in franchise history, Roy Campanella spent all 10 years of his big-league career with the Dodgers.

    During that time, he won three NL MVPs and made eight All-Star appearances.

    He ranks fourth in home runs (242) and eighth in RBI (856).

9. Fernando Valenzuela

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    When Fernando Valenzuela made his debut with the Dodgers in 1980, he was an instant hit.

    After 11 total years in a Dodger uniform, El Toro had compiled a record of 141-116 with a 3.31 ERA and 1,759 strikeouts.

    He won the NL Rookie of the Year and MVP in 1981, and had six All-Star appearances.

    In 1981, Valenzuela started the season opener and never looked back, helping the Dodgers to the World Series title that year.

    Fernandomania is still the craze in Los Angeles as his windup is still the talk of the town.

8. Walter O'Malley

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    Walter O'Malley may be a controversial selection for people who think the Dodgers never should have moved from Brooklyn.

    However, it's hard to argue the class he brought to the organization and to Major League Baseball.

    While things were rocky in the beginning, especially between O'Malley and Branch Rickey, there was a sense of loyalty and family within the Dodgers.

    O'Malley believed in stability, which is evident by the long managerial tenures of Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda. Also consider that the infield of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey is the longest-tenured infield in history.

    It was that type of atmosphere that was lost when O'Malley's son (Peter) sold the team to the Fox Entertainment Group, which eventually sold the team to Frank McCourt.

    And we know how that worked out.

7. Duke Snider

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    Duke Snider spent 16 of his 18 years with the Dodgers.

    During that time, he batted .300 with 389 home runs and 1,271 RBI.

    From 1950-57, Snider batted .307 with 288 home runs and 885 RBI, marking the best eight seasons of his career.

    He was named to seven all-star teams as well.

6. Don Sutton

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    Don Sutton pitched for 16 years (1966-80, 88) with the Dodgers.

    During his tenure, Sutton went 233-181 with a 3.09 ERA and 2,696 strikeouts. His wins and strikeouts total rank first in franchise history.

    In every year with the Dodgers (except 1988), Sutton pitched in at least 207 innings, even getting as high as 293 innings pitched.

    Another record Sutton holds is the fact that he has the most career no-decisions after pitching nine scoreless innings (7). You can blame the offense on that one.

    Ironically, Sutton never won a Cy Young award. Even more ironic, Sutton's big-league debut came on the same day future Hall of- Famer Greg Maddux was born. During his broadcasting career with the Braves, Sutton called many of Maddux's games.

5. Vin Scully

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    Vin Scully has been the voice of the Dodgers for more than 64 years.

    Let that sink in for a moment.

    He's been calling Dodger games since they were in Brooklyn.

    Simply put, when you think of the Dodgers, Scully is one of the first people who comes to mind.

4. Tommy Lasorda

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    Tommy Lasorda bleeds Dodger blue more than anyone.

    Over the course of his 21 years with the Dodgers, Lasorda compiled 1,599 wins, including world titles in 1981 and 1988.

    One of his best stats is that he managed nine different players who won the NL Rookie of the Year.

    Nobody represents the Dodgers better than Lasorda.

3. Jackie Robinson

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    Jackie Robinson created history by becoming the first African-American to play in the big leagues.

    In 10 years with Brooklyn, he compiled a .311 batting average with 137 home runs and 734 RBI.

    He won the NL Rookie of the Year in 1947 and the NL MVP in 1949. He was also selected to six All-Star games.

    From 1949-51, Robinson batted .336 with 49 home runs and 293 RBI, which was the best three-year stretch of his career.

    More than his stats, Robinson is the face of history.

    For everything he had to go through to get to do what he did in the big leagues, took a lot of courage. There's a reason his number is retired throughout baseball.

2. Don Drysdale

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    Don Drysdale's stats were rarely sexy, but he always got the job done.

    Drysdale compiled a record of 209-166 with a 2.95 ERA and 2,486 strikeouts.

    His wins and strikeouts rank second all-time in franchise history, while his ERA ranks sixth.

    Drysdale was forced to retire in 1969 due to a chronically sore shoulder. He held the distinction of being the last Dodger to retire that also wore the Brooklyn uniform.

    One can only wonder if Drysdale didn't have the shoulder problems, how many more wins and strikeouts he would have had in his career.

1. Sandy Koufax

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    Finally we get to No. 1 on this list and who better to represent the Dodgers than Sandy Koufax?

    Although his career only last 12 years, with the last half being his best, Koufax endeared himself to Dodger fans.

    He compiled a career record of 165-87 with a 2.76 ERA and 2,396 strikeouts.

    Koufax won the NL Cy Young awards in 1963, 1965 and 1966, while also winning the NL MVP in 1963.

    From 1962-66 (last five years of his career), Koufax led the league in ERA each year, averaging a 1.95 mark over that span.

    He also hit the 300-mark in strikeouts three times, reaching as high as 382 in 1965. Also consider he had a WHIP of 0.926 over the last five years of his career.

    Sadly, like Drysdale, Koufax's career ended prematurely with arthritis in his left elbow.

Maybe One Day

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    While Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw are still early in their careers, there's no doubt that one day they could grace this list.

    Both bring a lot to their respective positions and represent the Dodgers the way fans expect.

    Kemp and Kershaw aren't there yet, but they could one day.