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Los Angeles Dodgers

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November 1, 2016: After trailing the Giants for most of the season, the Dodgers blew past them in August and held on to win the division. Corey Seager had an amazing season and won Rookie of the Year. Justin Turner became one of the NL’s best all-around players. And Clayton Kershaw was great despite missing two months to injury. Kershaw saved the day against the Nationals in the Division Series, but unfortunately for the Dodgers, they ran into the red-hot Cubs in the playoffs, and lost the NLCS in six games.

August 27, 2016: Corey Seager hit his 23rd home run to break the team record for homers by a shortstop. The old record was set in 1930 by Glenn Wright.

June 20, 2016: Kenley Jansen saved his 162nd game to become the all-time leader for the Dodgers.

2016 Season Preview: The Dodgers have the players to win a pennant, including Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig. New pitchers Kenta Maeda and Scott Kazmir bolster the starting staff, while Corey Seager and Joc Pederson will be counted on to fulfill their promise as rising stars.

May 27, 2015: Adrian Gonzalez knocked in his 1,000th run with a homer against the Braves.

April 5, 2015: Los Angeles has the highest payroll in baseball, and some of baseball’s most awesome talent. Superstars Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Adrian Gonzalez, and Yasiel Puig have some teammates—Howie Kendrick, Jimmy Rollins, Yasmani Grandal, and rookie Joc Pederson—and a burning desire to prove they are worth every penny of their hefty salaries.

November 15, 2014: Clayton Kershaw won his third Cy Young Award and was named NL MVP. He is the third Dodgers to win both awards in the same season. Don Newcombe (1956) and Sandy Koufax (1963) were the first two.

November 1, 2014: After started the year slowly, the Dodgers rose from third place to first by the end of July and won the NL West by 6 games. Ina lineup filled with high-priced superstars, it was young Dee Gordon who ignited the offense with 64 stolen bases. The pitching staff was led by Clayton Kershaw, who led the NL with 21 wins and a 1.77 ERA. Kershaw lost his magic in the postseason, however, lfallingosing twice to the Cardinals in the Division Series, as LA went 3 games to 1.

September 28, 2014: Dee Gordon led the NL with 12 triples and 64 stolen bases, while Adrian Gonzalez was the league RBI champ with 116. Clayton Kershaw was the NL leader with 21 wins and a 1.77 ERA.

May 25, 2014: Josh Beckett pitched his first career no-hitter, against the Phillies. He struck out Chase Utley to end the game. Going against tradition and superstition, Beckett joked with teammates about his no-hitter from the middle of the game on.

May 22, 2014: Zack Greinke allowed three runs in a game for the first time in 21 starts. The old record was 16 starts, set in 1917.

March 31, 2014: The Dodgers have put together one of the strongest teams in their history. If stars like Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw and Hanley Ramirez stay healthy—and young Yasiel Puig can play like Superman for an entire season—L.A. could win over 100 games.

November 13, 2013: Clayton Kershaw was named the NL Cy Young Award winner for the second time in his career. Kershaw won the award in 2011 and finished runner-up in 2012. In 2013, he led the majors in ERA for the third straight season. Greg Maddux and Lefty Grove are the only other players to do that. Kershaw also joined Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale as the only Dodgers to strike out 200 batters four years in a row.

October 18, 2013: After tumbling into the NL West cellar in June, the Dodgers woke up and lost only 10 games over the next 10 weeks to surge into first place. Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez and Clayton Kershaw led the charge. L.A. defeated the Braves in the Division Series but could not overcome the pitching of the Cardinals in the NLCS, and lost in six games.

June 30, 2013: Cuban refugee Yasiel Puig broke into the majors like a tornado. He became the first player in history to be named Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month in his first month in the big leagues.

March 30, 2013: The Dodgers have the most star-studded lineup in baseball. Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Carl Crawford, Clayton Kershaw, and Zack Greinke rank among the biggest names in the game. If they stay healthy and get contributions from the supporting cast, the Dodgers could win it all.

October 3, 2012: The Dodgers made a big trade in July hoping to make the playoffs, but fell two ins short. The good news is that, for 2013, the L.A. lineup will include Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Shane Victorino—none of whom began 2012 with the club. Had Matt Kemp stayed healthy during the season, there is little doubt that he and Clayton Kershaw would have led the team to the top of the NL West.

July 25, 2012: The Dodgers welcomed All-Star infielder Hanley Ramirez to the team. They traded young pitching star Nate Eovaldi to the Miami Marlins for Ramirez.

April, 2012: The Dodgers will have three hot-prospect pitchers at Spring Training—Nathan Eovoldi, Allen Webster, and Zach Lee. Lee looks like the best bet to become a star, but Eovoldi has the best chance to make the team in 2012. Lee is just 20, so the Dodgers will bring him along slowly.

     
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This Cracker Jack card of Nap Rucker was made around 1914. I have an old scrapbook with a lot of these cards pasted into it. (F.W. Rueckheim & Son)

 

 

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I met Babe Herman a couple of times at baseball card shows. He was a nice guy. (Author's Collection)

 

 

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During the 1940s, the New York papers ran color pictures on Sundays. This Pete Reiser photo was clipped out of a 1942 issue. (New York Daily News)

 

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This Carl Furillo card is from 1950. From 1948 to 1950, Bowman baseball cards were small and square. (Bowman Gum Co.)

 

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I was amazed how small and skinny Maury Wills was when I met him at an autograph show. (Author's Collection)

 

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Don Sutton pitched forever! He was already a star when I was a kid, and he was still pitching when I was in my 20s! (Topps, Inc.)

 

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The Dodgers traded Milton Bradley to get Andre Ethier. What a steal that was! (Black Book Partners)

 

 

Zack Wheat — Outfielder
Born: 5/23/1888
Died: 3/11/1972
Played for Team: 1909 to 1926
Zack Wheat was the star of Brooklyn's pennant-winning teams in 1916 and 1920. His sharp batting eye and smooth swing made him one of the best curveball-hitters who ever played. Wheat was also one of the most graceful outfielders of his era.


Nap Rucker — Pitcher
Born: 9/30/1884
Died: 12/19/1970
Played for Team: 1907 to 1916
Nap Rucker was a bright and talented pitcher who could get batters out with his fastball, curve, or knuckleball. He led the NL in shutouts twice and had 38 in his career.


Burleigh Grimes — Pitcher
Born: 8/18/1893
Died: 12/6/1985
Played for Team: 1918 to 1926
When the spitball was banned in 1920, a handful of pitchers who relied on the pitch were allowed to continue throwing it. Burleigh Grimes was one of those pitchers, and he used his darting spitter to win 20 games four times for Brooklyn.


Babe Herman — Outfielder
Born: 6/26/1903
Died: 11/27/1987
Played for Team: 1926 to 1931 & 1945
Babe Herman was one of the great power hitters in the National League during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1930 he batted .393 with 241 hits and 416 total bases. All are still team records more than 80 years later.


Pete Reiser — Outfielder
Born: 3/17/1919
Died: 10/25/1981
Played for Team: 1940 to 1942 & 1946 to 1948
Pete Reiser was the most exciting player in baseball during the early 1940s. He was a ferocious hitter and swift baserunner. In 1941, the 22-year-old helped the Dodgers win the pennant and led the NL in doubles, triples, runs scored, batting average, and slugging average. Reiser's aggressive defense led to many collisions with outfield walls, which were not padded when he played. After a 1942 injury he was never the same again.


Gil Hodges — First Baseman
Born: 4/4/1924
Died: 4/2/1972
Played for Team: 1943 & 1947 to 1961
In the years after World War II, no one in the NL was better at driving runners home than Gil Hodges. He had 100 or more RBIs each year from 1949 to 1955. Hodges was an All-Star eight times during the 1950s and won the Gold Glove the first three years it was given out.


Carl Furillo — Outfielder
Born: 3/8/1922
Died: 1/21/1989
Played for Team: 1946 to 1960
Carl Furillo had a strong outfield arm and a powerful bat. He helped the Dodgers win seven pennants and was the NL batting champion in 1953. Furillo retired one hit short of having a .300 career batting average.


Don Newcombe — Pitcher
Born: 6/14/1926
Played for team: 1949 to 1958
In 1956, Don Newcombe became the first payer to win the Cy Young Award and MVP in the same season. Newcombe could do it all on a baseball diamond. He won 20 games three different times and one year batted .359 with seven home runs.


Junior Gilliam — Second Baseman/Third Baseman
Born: 10/17/1928
Died: 10/8/1978
Played for Team: 1953 to 1966
Jim "Junior" Gilliam was a player and coach for the Dodgers for 25 seasons. He batted leadoff for the team during the 1950s and retired in 1964. The team asked Gilliam to come back and play third base in 1965 and 1966, and he helped the Dodgers win pennants both years.


Maury Wills — Shortstop
Born: 10/2/1932
Played for Team: 1959 to 1966 & 1969 to 1972
Maury Wills was the NL stolen base leader six years in a row with the Dodgers. He was named NL MVP in 1962 when he broke the modern record for steals with 104. Wills was also a good fielder. He won Gold Gloves in 1961 and 1962.


Willie Davis — Outfielder
Born: 4/15/1940
Died: 3/9/2010
Played for Team: 1960 to 1973
Willie Davis is one of only three players with 2,000 hits and 1,000 runs as a Dodger. The other two were Zack Wheat and Pee Wee Reese. Davis also stole 20 or more bases 11 years in a row. He was the center fielder on three pennant-winners and won three Gold Gloves.


Don Sutton — Pitcher
Born: 4/2/1945
Played for Team: 1966 to 1980 & 1988
Don Sutton won at least 11 games for the Dodgers an amazing 15 years in a row. He led the NL with nine shutouts in 1972 and had the league's lowest ERA in 1980.


Steve Garvey — First Baseman
Born: 12/22/1948
Played for Team: 1969 to 1982
Steve Garvey was the NL's Iron Man. He once played 1,207 games in a row. Garvey was an All-Star eight times for the Dodgers. He topped the NL in hits twice and was the league MVP in 1974 when he led the team to the pennant.


Ron Cey — Third Baseman
Born: 2/15/1948
Played for Team: 1971 to 1982
Ron Cey was an All-Star for the Dodgers six years in a row during the 1970s. He was one of three players who shared the MVP award in the 1981 World Series.


Fernando Valenzuela — Pitchers
Born: 11/11/1960
Played for Team: 1980 to 1990
Fernando Valenzuela tied hitters into knots with his screwball and filled stadiums wherever he pitched. In 1981, he threw eight shutouts and won the league Cy Young Award and Rookie of the Year. Valenzuela led the league in wins in 1986 and was almost unbeatable in postseason play.


Andre Ethier — Outfielder
Born: 4/10/1982
First Year with Team: 2006
In 2009, Andre Ethier tied a record with four walk-off homers. In 2011, he set a new record for the longest hitting streak in April, reaching base safely in 23 straight games. The streak continued into May and reached 30 games, which ranks second on the team's all-time list.

     
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Mike Marshall used to kill the New York Mets. I'll bet they tried to trade for him more than once. (Donruss/Panini)

 

 

LIKE MIKE
The Dodgers had two players named Mike Marshall—one in the 1970s and another in the 1980s. The first was a relief pitcher who set a record by pitching in 106 games in 1974. He won the NL Cy Young Award that season. The second was an outfielder who topped 20 homers three times and was an All-Star for L.A. in 1985.


SHORT STUFF
You don't have to be big to be a Dodger. Over the years, the team has had several stars who were 5–9 or shorter, including Davey Lopes, Rafael Furcal, Paul Lo Duca, Eric Young, Chad Fonville, Vic Davalillo, Don Zimmer, Hack Wilson, and Sandy Amoros. In case you were wondering, Pee Wee Reese stood 5–10.


OH SAY, CAN YOU SEE?
From 1958 to 1961, the Dodgers played in the oval-shaped Los Angeles Coliseum. It was not a good fit for a baseball diamond. The left field fence was only 250 down the line. Meanwhile, some fans in centerfield were sitting more than 700 feet away from home plate!

     
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This comic book shows how popular Dixie Walker was with baseball fans in the 1940s. (Street & Smith)

 

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Jackie Robinson was on the cover of Sport five times. This was his first cover, from 1949. (Macfadden Publishing)

 

 

 

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This photo of Kirbe Hugbe came in a picture pack sold at Ebbets Field in 1941. (Brooklyn Dodgers)

 

 

 

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This is my all-time favorite magazine cover. It shows Sandy Koufax and Jackie Robinson at an Old-Timers Day in the early 1970s. (Los Angeles Dodgers)

 

 

 

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I met Johnny Podres in New York when I was a kid. After winning Game 7 of the 1955 World Series, he became a baseball legend in the city. (Author's Collection)

 

 

 

 

Home Runs
1924 — Jack Fournier — 27
1941 — Dolph Camilli — 34
1956 — Duke Snider — 43
2004 — Adrian Beltre — 48
2011 — Matt Kemp — 39


Batting Average
1892 — Dan Brouthers — .335
1913 — Jake Daubert — .350
1914 — Jake Daubert — .329
1918 — Zack Wheat — .335
1932 — Lefty O'Doul — .368
1941 — Pete Reiser — .343
1944 — Dixie Walker — .357
1949 — Jackie Robinson — .342
1953 — Carl Furillo — .344


Runs Batted In
1919 — Hy Myers — 73
1941 — Dolph Camilli — 120
1945 — Dixie Walker — 124
1953 — Roy Campanella — 142
1955 — Duke Snider — 136
1962 — Tommy Davis — 153
2011 — Matt Kemp — 126
2014 — Adrian Gonzalez — 116


Stolen Bases
1892 — John Ward — 88
1903 — Jimmy Sheckard — 67
1942 — Pete Reiser — 20
1943 — Arky Vaughan — 20
1946 — Pete Reiser — 34
1947 — Jackie Robinson — 29
1949 — Jackie Robinson — 37
1952 — Pee Wee Reese — 30
1960 — Maury Wills — 50
1961 — Maury Wills — 35
1962 — Maury Wills — 104
1963 — Maury Wills — 40
1964 — Maury Wills — 53
1965 — Maury Wills — 94
1975 — Davey Lopes — 77
1976 — Davey Lopes — 63
2014 — Dee Gordon — 64


Wins
1899 — Jim Hughes — 28
1900 — Wild Bill Donovan — 25
1921 — Burleigh Grimes — 22
1924 — Dazzy Vance — 28
1925 — Dazzy Vance — 22
1941 — Kirby Higbe & Whit Wyatt — 22
1956 — Don Newcombe — 27
1962 — Don Drysdale — 25
1963 — Sandy Koufax — 25
1965 — Sandy Koufax — 26
1966 — Sandy Koufax — 27
1974 — Andy Messersmith — 20
1986 — Fernando Valenzuela — 21
1988 — Orel Hershiser — 23
2006 — Derek Lowe & Brad Penny — 16
2011 — Clayton Kershaw — 21
2014 — Clayton Kershaw — 21


Strikeouts
1921 — Burleigh Grimes — 136
1922 — Dazzy Vance — 134
1923 — Dazzy Vance — 197
1924 — Dazzy Vance — 262
1925 — Dazzy Vance — 221
1926 — Dazzy Vance — 140
1927 — Dazzy Vance — 184
1928 — Dazzy Vance — 200
1959 — Don Drysdale — 242
1960 — Don Drysdale — 246
1961 — Sandy Koufax — 269
1962 — Don Drysdale — 232
1963 — Sandy Koufax — 306
1965 — Sandy Koufax — 382
1966 — Sandy Koufax — 317
1981 — Fernando Valenzuela — 180*
1995 — Hideo Nomo — 236
2011 — Clayton Kershaw — 248
2013 — Clayton Kershaw — 232

* The 1981 season was shortened by a labor dispute.


Earned Run Average
1924 — Dazzy Vance — 2.16
1928 — Dazzy Vance — 2.09
1930 — Dazzy Vance — 2.61
1957 — Johnny Podres — 2.66
1962 — Sandy Koufax — 2.54
1963 — Sandy Koufax — 1.88
1964 — Sandy Koufax — 1.74
1965 — Sandy Koufax — 2.04
1966 — Sandy Koufax  —1.73
1980 — Don Sutton — 2.20
1984 — Alejandro Pena — 2.48
2000 — Kevin Brown — 2.58
2011 — Clayton Kershaw — 2.28
2012 — Clayton Kershaw — 2.53
2013 — Clayton Kershaw — 1.83
2014 — Clayton Kershaw — 1.77

     
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The Dodgers were sure that 1952 would be their year to finally defeat the New York Yankees. It wasn't. But 1955 was! (Author's Collection)

 

 
YEAR OPPONENT RESULT
1916 Boston Red Sox Lost 4–1
1920 Cleveland Indians Lost 5–2*
1941 New York Yankees Lost 4–1
1947 New York Yankees Lost 4–3
1949 New York Yankees Lost 4–1
1952 New York Yankees Lost 4–3
1953 New York Yankees Lost 4–2
1955 New York Yankees Won 4–3
1956 New York Yankees Lost 4–3
1959 Chicago White Sox Won 4–3
1963 New York Yankees Won 4–0
1965 Minnesota Twins Won 4–3
1966 Baltimore Orioles Lost 4–0
1974 Oakland A's Lost 4–1
1977 New York Yankees Lost 4–2
1978 New York Yankees Lost 4–2
1981 New York Yankees Won 4–2
1988 Oakland A's Won 4–1
     
* The 1920 World Series was a best-of-9 format.
     
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