The 20 GREAT­EST DODGERS of all time

No Dodgers fans should be sur­prised by who’s at the top of this list

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - BY HOUS­TON MITCHELL

We asked you to pick the great­est Dodgers ever — no mat­ter the po­si­tion, no mat­ter the role — and what you came up with was one out­fielder short of an amaz­ing team.

You even had us cov­ered on the bench, in the ex­ec­u­tive branch, and in the booth. Now, be­fore you turn the page to find the names — 1 through 20 — of what more than 14,000 la­times.com read­ers be­lieve are the very best of the boys who have worn blue, here are a few more hints: The group in­cludes four left-handed pitch­ers, though the big­gest con­tri­bu­tions by one of them wasn’t what he of­fered as a player. There are four right-handed pitch­ers, two first base­men, three other in­field­ers, a catcher and two slug­ging out­field­ers. Can you name them all?

If you had to pick the 10 great­est Dodgers of all time, in­clud­ing Brook­lyn, whom would you pick? That is what we asked read­ers of la­times.com to do: Come up with a list of the 10 great­est Dodgers, ranked in or­der. The player listed first re­ceived 12 points, listed sec­ond re­ceived nine, all the way down to one point for a 10th-place list­ing. In the two weeks vot­ing was open, we re­ceived 14,383 bal­lots, with 57 play­ers be­ing listed on at least one bal­lot. Here are the top 20 vote-get­ters:

1. SANDY KO­UFAX

(6,381 first-place votes and 135,389 points)

The clear win­ner: Ko­ufax, of course, is con­sid­ered by many to be the great­est left-han­der in base­ball his­tory, and won three Cy Young Awards with the Dodgers. For four sea­sons (1963-66), he was as close to un­touch­able as any pitcher in his­tory, go­ing 97-27 with a 1.86 ERA and al­low­ing only 825 hits in 1,1922⁄3 innings. He also led the team to two World Se­ries ti­tles in that time.

2. JACKIE ROBIN­SON

(3,242, 108,852)

Broke the color bar­rier, but what is of­ten over­looked is he was a great player too.

3. VIN SCULLY

(2,938, 79,410)

Would have been higher if he hadn’t been left off of many bal­lots.

4. DON DRYS­DALE

(202, 65,432)

Over­shad­owed by Ko­ufax, but was the back­bone of the 1960s Dodgers.

5. DUKE SNIDER

(101, 57,731)

The Duke of Flat­bush is still the Dodgers’ all-time home run leader with 389.

6. ROY CAMPANELLA

(10, 44,667)

Three-time NL MVP never played in L.A., but would have if not for his 1958 auto ac­ci­dent.

7. CLAY­TON KER­SHAW

(3, 33,222)

Three Cy Youngs vault Ker­shaw into the top 10. Would a World Se­ries ti­tle move him to No. 1?

8. TOM LA­SORDA

(212, 32,412)

Love him or hate him, the for­mer lefty did as much as any­one to make the Dodgers what they are to­day.

9. FER­NANDO VALEN­ZUELA

(23, 27,335)

Fer­nan­do­ma­nia will al­ways be re­mem­bered by Dodgers fans.

10. MAURY WILLS

(35, 27,046)

Brought the stolen base back to the game and re­mains the team’s all-time leader with 490.

11. PEE WEE REESE

(24, 25,018)

One of the most un­der­rated short­stops in ma­jor league his­tory.

12. STEVE GAR­VEY

(42, 24,411)

Long­time fan fa­vorite who broke hearts when he signed with Padres be­fore 1983 sea­son.

13. OREL HER­SHISER

(14, 21,473)

Peo­ple re­mem­ber his great 1988 sea­son, but he was al­most as good in 1989.

14. BRANCH RICKEY

(506, 12,764)

Signed Robin­son and was a key fig­ure in his suc­cess.

15. WAL­TER O’MAL­LEY

(304, 12,558)

Brought the Dodgers to Los An­ge­les, but don’t men­tion that in Brook­lyn.

16. WAL­TER AL­STON

(0, 12,547)

Quiet man led the Dodgers to four World Se­ries ti­tles and seven Na­tional League pen­nants.

17. DON NEW­COMBE

(7, 11,749)

First pitcher to win Cy Young and MVP in same sea­son. Was also a rookie of the year

18. GIL HODGES

(0, 11,344)

Should be in the Hall of Fame.

19. DON SUT­TON

(0, 10,332)

Never had a great sea­son, but was amazingly con­sis­tent from year to year.

20. KIRK GIBSON

(0, 9,421) Made the list for one rea­son: the home run.

Just missed the top 20: Zack Wheat, Tommy Davis, Mike Pi­azza, Ron Cey and Davey Lopes.

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