This scientific compilation is the exclusive property of Dodgerkramer and cannot be rebroadcast or retransmitted without the permission of the commissioner of baseball. 🙂
It is NOT a list of the best players in Dodger history.
Rather, it’s a list of the people who had the biggest impact on the franchise.
- Vin Scully — Voice of the Dodgers since 1950. He’s everything that’s special about the Dodgers. Classy. Dignified. Polished. Unique in every way.
- Jackie Robinson — Broke baseball’s color barrier. 1949 NL most valuable player. Voted into Hall of Fame even though baseball was his fourth-best sport.
- Sandy Koufax — Greatest left-handed pitcher in baseball history. He was unbeatable in big games.
- Walter O’Malley — Owner brought the team west to Los Angeles. Built a gorgeous ballpark at Chavez Ravine and built the Dodgers into a model franchise.
- Walter Alston — Managed team from mid-50s to 1976. Won four world championships.
- Tommy Lasorda — Managed team from 1977 to 1996. Won two World Series and a bushel basket full of division titles.
- Roy Campanella — Three-time MVP in the 1950s. He was the catcher on those great Dodger teams of that decade.
- Duke Snider — Holds franchise home run record.
- Pee Wee Reese — Shortstop and captain of those great Dodger teams of the 40s and 50s.
- Branch Rickey — Architect of Jackie Robinson’s entry into the majors. Developed the Dodger minor league system into baseball’s best.
- Buzz Bavasi/Al Campanis — General managers during Dodgers’ glory days of 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Campanis’ legacy was stained in 1987 by his insensitive remarks about African-Americans in baseball.
- Don Drysdale — The right-handed half of the legendary “Koufax and Drysdale” duo. Was a TV/radio broadcaster for the team in the 80s-90s before his premature death.
- Steve Garvey — Mr. Dodger, if you will. He was a Dodger batboy as a kid. Clutch hitter with movie star good looks. Holds NL record for most consecutive games played.
- Jaime Jarrin — Spanish-radio broadcaster for the Dodgers since mid-50s. Hall of Famer.
- Don Sutton — Holds most Dodger pitching records.
- Dr. Frank Jobe — The team’s longtime orthopedic surgeon invented Tommy John surgery, which has saved the careers of thousands of pitchers and position players. Among the Dodger pitchers Jobe saved: Eric Gagne, Tommy John and Darren Dreifort.
- Willie Davis — Holds several Dodger hitting records.
- Zach Wheat — Near the top of most Dodger hitting records, but played in the early 20th century so most people don’t know who he is.
- Mike Piazza — Greatest offensive catcher of all time. Dodger fans will always love him, even though he’ll (sadly) wear a Mets cap into the Hall of Fame.
- Gil Hodges — Great leader. Great first baseman. Great slugger. Made final putout in 1955 World Series — the team’s first title.
- Don Newcombe — One of baseball’s best all-around players in the 1950s. A dominant pitcher who could do serious damage with the bat. Only player in MLB history to win rookie of the year, MVP and Cy Young (not in the same season).
- Fernando Valenzuela — He brought an entire ethnic group into the Dodger fan base. Fernando’s arrival attracted Mexican-Americans to Dodger Stadium by the thousands, ensuring that the Dodgers would draw 3 million fans every year for the rest of time.
- (tie) Orel Hershiser/Kirk Gibson — The Bulldog pitched the Dodgers to the 1988 world title. Gibby hit the magical home run that everyone knows about.
- Eric Gagne — Yes, steroid accusations have marred his reputation. But great God almighty, Gagne was awesome in 2002-04.
- Bill Russell — Shortstop holds the Dodger record for most games played.
- Ron Cey/Davey Lopes — Third baseman and second baseman on the legendary Dodger infield of the 1970s that stayed together for 8 1/2 years.