40 Greatest Players in Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers History

Brandon McClintockCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2011

40 Greatest Players in Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers History

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    The Dodgers franchise is one of the most storied clubs in baseball history.

    The team was established in 1883 in Brooklyn, but did not take on the name "Dodgers" until 1932.

    Since 1932, several great players have won Dodger blue.

    Sixteen National League Pennants have been won since the name "Dodgers" was adopted. Six World Series Championships have been won.

    Forty-nine Hall of Famers have been affiliated with the club during it's entire existence (dating back to 1883). Fifteen players have been inducted wearing a Dodger cap.

    Although this list will only focus (primarily) on players donning the Dodger blue after they officially adopted the name in 1932, there are several other greats that are a part of the Dodger family.

    Since this is a list of players, Tommy Lasorda and Vin Scully are not mentioned in the presentation itself. They are deeply entrenched in Dodger lore though and are forever a part of the soul of the Dodgers.

    Zack Wheat, Walter Alston and Walter O'Malley also hold a special place in Dodger history.

    The following 40 players from the Dodger's past, and a pair of current players, represent some of the best in the franchise's history, worthy of being mentioned with the above names.

     

    If I missed a Dodger great, please feel free to include them in the comments. If time permits, I will do my best to add them in later to make this a more complete list (within reason). If you disagree with a selection, that's fine, but remember that they were a contributing Dodger at one time, and were probably great to at least a portion of the fanbase, if not to yourself.

    As always, thanks for taking the time to read. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane.

Al Lopez

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    • Played with the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers from 1928-1935.
    • .279/.336/.364 with 20 HR and 274 RBI with Brooklyn.
    • Finished tenth in MVP voting in 1933.
    • Finished 23rd in MVP voting in 1934.
    • Named to the All Star team in 1934.
    • Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977.

Arky Vaughan

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    • Played with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1942-1948 (missed 1944-1946 seasons due to World War II).
    • Batted .291/.368/.383 with 12 HR and 162 RBI.
    • Named to the All-Star team in 1942.
    • Finished 15th in MVP voting in 1943.
    • Won the World Series with the Dodgers in 1947.
    • Inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee in 1985.

Babe Herman

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    • Played with the Brooklyn Robins from 1926-1931 and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945.
    • Batted .339/.396/.557 with 112 HR and 559 RBI with the Robins/Dodgers.
    • Finished 16th in MVP voting in 1926.
    • Finished eighth in MVP voting in 1929.

Bill Russell

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    • Played his entire career with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1969-1986.
    • Batted .263/.310/.338 with 46 HR and 627 RBI.
    • Elected to three All Star teams (1973, 1976, 1980).
    • Finished 32nd in MVP voting in 1973.
    • Won a World Series Championship in 1981.

Billy Herman

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    • Played with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1941-1946 (missed the 1944-1945 seasons due to World War II).
    • Batted .292/.367/.376 with 7 HR and 234 RBI.
    • Was named to the All-Star team in 1942 and 1943.
    • Finished fourth in MVP voting in 1943.
    • Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975.

Burleigh Grimes

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    • Played with the Brooklyn Robins from 1918-1926.
    • Compiled a 158-121 record and 3.46 ERA in his time with the Robins.
    • Finished 15th in MVP voting in 1924.
    • Won a World Series in 1931, Grimes won two games for Brooklyn in the series.
    • Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964.

Carl Erskine

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    • Played his entire career with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1948-1959.
    • Compiled a 122-78 record and 4.00 ERA for his career.
    • Finished ninth in MVP voting in 1953.
    • Was selected to the All-Star team in 1954.
    • Was a member of the World Series Champion team in 1955.

Carl Furillo

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    • Played his entire career with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1946-1960.
    • Batted .299/.355/.458 with 192 HR and 1058 RBI.
    • Received MVP votes in eight seasons (highest finish was sixth).
    • Was selected to the All-Star team in 1952 and 1953.
    • Was a member of the 1955 and 1959 World Series Championship teams.

Casey Stengel

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    • Played with the Brooklyn Superbas/Robins from 1912-1917.
    • Batted .272/.346/.393 with 29 HRs and 292 RBI with Brooklyn.
    • Inducted into the Hall of Fame as a manager in 1966.

Clayton Kershaw

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    It's still early in his career, but...

    • Has played for the Dodgers from 2008-2011.
    • Has a 47-28 record with a 2.88 ERA.
    • Led the National League in wins (21), ERA (2.28) and strikeouts (248) in 2011.
    • Was selected to the 2011 All-Star team.
    • Is likely headed to a Cy Young award in 2011.

Dazzy Vance

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    • Played with the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers from 1922-1932 and also in 1935.
    • Compiled a 190-131 record and 3.17 ERA with Brooklyn.
    • Won the MVP award in 1924.
    • Received MVP votes in the 1925 and 1928 seasons.
    • Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1955.

Don Drysdale

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    • Played his entire career with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1956-1969.
    • Has a career record of 209-166 with a 2.95 ERA.
    • Received MVP votes in four seasons.
    • Was selected to eight All-Star teams.
    • Won the Cy Young award in 1962.
    • Was a member of three World Series Championship teams in 1959, 1963 and 1965.
    • Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.

Don Newcombe

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    • Played with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1949-1958.
    • Had a 123-66 record and 3.51 ERA for the Dodgers.
    • Won the Rookie of the Year award in 1949.
    • Won the Cy Young and MVP award in 1956.
    • Received MVP votes in four other seasons.
    • Was selected to four All-Star teams.
    • Was a member of the 1955 World Series Championship team.

Don Sutton

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    • Played with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1966-1980.
    • Had a 233-181 record and 3.09 ERA with the Dodgers.
    • Was selected to four All-Star games.
    • Received MVP votes in five seasons.
    • Finished 22nd in MVP voting in 1976.
    • Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.

Duke Snider

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    • Played for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1947-1962.
    • Batted .300/.384/.553 with 1995 hits, 389 HR and 1271 RBI for the Dodgers.
    • Was selected to seven All-Star teams.
    • Received MVP votes in eight seasons.
    • Was a member of the 1955 and 1959 World Series Championship teams.
    • Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980.

Eddie Murray

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    • Played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1989-1991 and for nine games in 1997.
    • Batted .278/.359/.439 with 65 HR and 282 RBI in his time with LA.
    • Finished fifth in MVP voting and won a Silver Slugger award in 1990.
    • Was selected to the All-Star team in 1991.
    • Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.

Eric Gagne

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    • Played for the Dodgers from 1999-2006.
    • Had a 25-21 record, 3.27 ERA and 161 saves for LA.
    • Won the Cy Young award in 2003.
    • Received Cy Young votes in two additional seasons.
    • Received MVP votes in three seasons.
    • Was selected to three All-Star games.
    • Set record with 84 consecutive saves without a blown opportunity.

Eric Karros

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    • Played for the Dodgers from 1991-2002.
    • Batted .268/.325/.457 with 270 HR and 976 RBI in his 12 seasons with LA.
    • Won the Rookie of the Year award in 1992.
    • Received MVP votes in two seasons.
    • Won a Silver Slugger award in 1995.

Fernando Valenzuela

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    • Played with the Dodgers from 1980-1990.
    • Had a 141-116 record and 3.31 ERA with LA.
    • Won the Rookie of the Year award in 1981.
    • Won the Cy Young award in 1981.
    • Received Cy Young votes in four total seasons.
    • Received MVP votes in four seasons.
    • Won a Gold Glove in 1986.
    • Was named to six All-Star teams.
    • Was a member of the 1981 and 1988 World Series Championship teams.

Gil Hodges

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    • Played for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1943-1961 (missed the 1944-1946 seasons due to World War II).
    • Batted .274/.360/.488 with 361 HR and 1254 RBI for the Dodgers.
    • Was selected to eight All-Star teams.
    • Received MVP votes in nine seasons.
    • Won three Gold Glove awards.
    • Was a member of the 1955 and 1959 World Series Championship teams.

Hack Wilson

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    • Played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1932-1934.
    • Batted .280/.370/.461 with 38 HR and 204 RBI during his time with the Dodgers.
    • Finished 13th in MVP voting in 1932.
    • Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.

Hideo Nomo

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    • Played with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1995-1998 and again from 2002-2004.
    • Had an 81-66 record and 3.74 ERA for the Dodgers through seven seasons.
    • Won the Rookie of the Year award in 1995.
    • Finished fourth in Cy Young voting in both 1995 and 1996.
    • Was selected to the All Star team in 1995.
    • Threw a no-hitter for the Dodgers in 1996.

Jackie Robinson

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    • Played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947-1956.
    • Batted .311/.409/.474 with 137 HR, 734 RBI and 197 stolen bases.
    • Won the Rookie of the Year award in 1947.
    • Won the MVP award in 1949.
    • Received MVP votes in seven additional seasons.
    • Was selected to six All-Star teams.
    • Was a member of the 1955 World Series Championship teams.
    • First African American player to break the "color barrier" in baseball.
    • Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962.

Joe Medwick

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    • Played with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1940-1943 and again in 1946.
    • Batted .303/.347/.455 with 38 HR and 293 RBI for the Dodgers.
    • Was selected to the All-Star team in both 1941 and 1942.
    • Finished 17th in MVP voting in 1942.
    • Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1968.

Johnny Podres

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    • Played with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1953-1966.
    • Had a 136-104 record and 3.66 ERA for the Dodgers in his 13 seasons with the team.
    • Was selected to three All-Star teams.
    • Finished 14th in MVP voting in 1961.
    • Was a member of the 1955, 1959 and 1963 World Series Championship teams.

Junior Gilliam

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    • Played for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers his entire career from 1953-1966.
    • Finished his career with a .265/.360/.355 batting line with 65 HR and 558 RBI.
    • Won the Rookie of the Year award in 1953.
    • Was selected to two All-Star teams.
    • Received MVP votes in four seasons.
    • Was a member of four World Series Championship teams in 1955, 1959, 1963 and 1965.

Kirk Gibson

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    • Played with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1988-1990.
    • Won the MVP award in 1988.
    • Won a Silver Slugger award in 1988.
    • Hit a historic home run off Dennis Eckersley in Game 1 of the World Series in 1988.
    • Was a member of the 1988 World Series Champion team.

Leo Durocher

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    • Played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1938-1945 (missed the 1942 and 1944 seasons).
    • Batted .244/.303/.319 with 267 hits and 113 RBI over six seasons.
    • Was selected to two All-Star teams.
    • Received MVP votes in two seasons.
    • Was a Player/Manager in 1939, 1940, 1941, 1943 and 1945.
    • Also managed the team in 1942, 1944, 1946 and 1948.
    • Inducted into the Hall of Fame as a manager in 1994.

Matt Kemp

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    It's still early in his career, but...

    • Has played for the Dodgers from 2006-2011.
    • Has a .294/.350/.496 batting line with 128 HR and 457 RBI.
    • Was 10th in MVP voting in 2009.
    • Has won a Gold Glove award.
    • Has won a Silver Slugger award.
    • Was selected to the 2011 All-Star team.
    • Led the National League in runs (116), HR (39), and RBI (126) in 2011 while batting .324.
    • Is likely to be awarded with the 2011 NL MVP award.

Maury Wills

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    • Played with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1959-1966 and again from 1969-1972.
    • In 12 seasons with the Dodgers he batted .281/.331/.332 with 1732 hits and 490 stolen bases.
    • Selected to five All-Star teams.
    • Won the MVP award in 1962.
    • Received MVP votes in five additional seasons.
    • Won two Gold Glove awards.
    • Was a member of the 1959, 1963 and 1965 World Series Championship teams.

Mike Piazza

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    • Played with Los Angeles from 1992-1998.
    • Batted .331/.394/.572 with 177 HR and 563 RBI with the Dodgers.
    • Won the Rookie of the Year award in 1992.
    • Was selected to six All-Star games.
    • Received MVP votes in six seasons.
    • Won six Silver Slugger Awards.

Orel Hershiser

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    • Pitched for the Dodgers from 1983-1994.
    • Had a 135-107 record and 3.12 ERA during his time with LA.
    • Won the Cy Young award in 1988.
    • Received Cy Young votes in three other seasons.
    • Was selected to three All-Star games.
    • Received MVP votes in two seasons.
    • Was a member of the 1988 World Series Championship team.

Pedro Guerrero

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    • Played for the Dodgers from 1978-1988.
    • Batted .309/.381/.512 with 171 HR and 585 RBI in 12 seasons with LA.
    • Was selected to four All-Star teams.
    • Received MVP votes in four seasons.
    • Won a Silver Slugger award in 1982.
    • Was a member of the 1981 World Series Championship team.

Pee Wee Reese

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    • Played his entire career, from 1940-1958 with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers.
    • Batted .269/.366/.377 with 2170 hits and 885 RBI for his career.
    • Was selected to 10 All-Star teams.
    • Received MVP votes in 13 seasons.
    • Was a member of the 1955 World Series Championship team.
    • Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.

Pete Reiser

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    • Played with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1940-1948 (missed the 1943-1945 seasons due to World War II).
    • Batted .306/.384/.460 with 44 HR and 298 RBI with the Dodgers.
    • Was selected to three All-Star games.
    • Received MVP votes in three seasons.

Ron Cey

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    • Played for the Dodgers from 1971-1982.
    • Finished his LA tenure with a .264/.359/.445 batting line with 228 HR and 842 RBI.
    • Selected to six All-Star teams.
    • Received MVP votes in four seasons.
    • Was a member of the 1981 World Series Championship team.

Roy Campanella

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    • Played his entire career with the Dodgers from 1948-1957.
    • Batted .276/.360/.500 with 242 HR and 856 RBI.
    • Won three MVP awards.
    • Received MVP votes in four additional seasons.
    • Was selected to eight All-Star teams.
    • Was a member of the 1955 World Series Championship team.
    • Was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.

Sandy Koufax

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    • Played his entire career from 1955-1966 with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers.
    • Finished his career with a 165-87 record and 2.76 ERA.
    • Won the Cy Young award three times.
    • Won the MVP award in 1963 (also won the Cy Young award that same season).
    • Was selected to six All-Star teams.
    • Received MVP votes in five seasons.
    • Received Cy Young votes in 1964 (finished third).
    • Was a member of the 1955, 1959 and 1963 World Series Championship teams.
    • Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

Steve Garvey

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    • Played with the Dodgers from 1969-1982.
    • Batted .301/.337/.459 with 211 HR and 992 RBI for LA.
    • Was selected to eight All-Star teams.
    • Won the MVP award in 1974.
    • Received MVP awards in seven other seasons.
    • Won four Gold Glove awards
    • Was a member of the 1981 World Series Championship team.

Tommy Davis

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    • Played with the Dodgers from 1959-1966.
    • Batted .304/.338/.441 with 86 HR and 465 RBI for LA.
    • Was selected to two All-Star teams.
    • Received MVP votes in three seasons.
    • Was a member of the 1963 World Series Championship team.

Van Mungo

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    • Pitched for the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers from 1931-1941.
    • Finished his Brooklyn career with a 102-99 record and 3.41 ERA.
    • Was selected to three All-Star teams.
    • Received MVP votes in two seasons.

Willie Davis

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    • Played for the Dodgers from 1960-1973.
    • Batted .279/.312/.413 with 154 HR, 849 RBI and 335 stolen bases.
    • Was selected to two All-Star games.
    • Received MVP votes in four seasons.
    • Won three Gold Glove awards.
    • Was a member of the 1963 and 1965 World Series Championship teams.