The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the most storied and historic franchises in the history of baseball. They’ve had many Hall of Famers don the Dodger blue over the years, but which ones were the best?
The Brooklyn Bridegrooms joined the National League as an expansion team in 1890. The brand new club went 86-43 en route to winning the pennant. While bad weather forced a tie in the World Series between Brooklyn and the Louisville Colonels, their early success marked a strong start to a franchise that is still around today.
The team eventually settled on the name Dodgers prior to the 1932 season, poking fun at the trolley cars that sped around the city and occasionally forced pedestrians to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. Choosing the name didn’t go so far to help them very much on the field, however, as the team would fall short of the Fall Classic every season until 1941.
Over the next 14 years, the Dodgers would make it to the World Series five times only to lose. They finally captured their first championship in 1955, beating the Yankees four games to three. Since then the franchise has won five more World Series titles, giving them the sixth most in the history of the event. Two of those victories came after the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958.
With all those titles, feared hitters and dominant pitchers alike have played major roles in the team’s success. 44 different Hall of Famers have stepped onto the field as a Dodger, but which ones stand out as the best? Here is a look at the Dodgers’ All Time 25-Man Roster.