Saturday, June 4, 2011

Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers

1B  Gil Hodges – Power hitter with seven consecutive 100-RBI seasons; drew a lot of walks and won 2 Gold Gloves.
2B  Jackie Robinson – Career .311 hitter who scored 99+ runs seven times; NL MVP in ’49 (.342, 16, 124); OBP topped .400 six straight years; twice led the NL in steals.
SS  Pee Wee Reese – Leadoff hitter who got on base and scored runs; OBP topped .370 seven times; led NL in steals in ’52; good fielder too.
3B  Ron Cey – The Penguin hit 23+ HRs seven times for LA; drove in runs and drew walks.
OF  Zack Wheat – Hit .335 or better five times; won batting title in 1918; Dodgers career leader in doubles and triples.
OF  Duke Snider – An offensive force; slammed 40+ HRs five consecutive seasons; produced 100+ RBI six times (136 in ’55); led NL in runs scored 3 times.
OF  Carl Furillo – Drove in 90 or more runs six times; won NL batting title in ’53 (.344); hit 18+ HRs seven times.
C  Roy Campanella – Three-time MVP; hit 30+ HRs four times; threw out 51% of would-be base stealers for his career.
Bench  Steve Garvey – Batted .300 or better seven times; five seasons with 100+ RBI; won four Gold Gloves; MVP in ’74.
Pitcher  Sandy Koufax – Dominant lefty; won five straight ERA titles; led NL in Ks four times; tossed four no-hitters; posted 111-34 record from 1962-66.
Pitcher  Don Drysdale – Won 17+ games six times (25 in ’62); led NL in Ks 3 times; career 2.95 ERA.
Pitcher  Dazzy Vance – Led NL in Ks seven straight years; won 18+ games five times (28 in 1924); led NL in ERA three times.
Closer  Jim Brewer – Posted a sub-3.00 ERA seven times for the Dodgers (1.26 in ’72); saved 125 games for LA.

The Boys of Summer still comprise the offensive core of this team.

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