The modern-day Dodgers have about six minor-league affiliates.
That pales in comparison to the Dodgers of the 1950s, who had 28 minor-league teams.
The Dodgers built an impressive national fan base in the 1950s, 60s and 70s — and their large number of minor-league teams probably helped in that regard (along with all those World Series appearances).
The Yankees and Cubs had just 15 minor-league teams in the 1950s. The Cardinals had 21. So the Dodgers really stood out with their cadre of 28 teams.
The Dodgers of that era were famous for their philosophy of developing from within, and they put their money where their mouth was by building the deepest farm system in baseball.
This map shows how the Dodgers’ footprint stretched from coast to coast.
Thanks to Jon Weisman for sharing this map on Dodgers Insider.