Oh, if there were only time travel, so we could transport all the best players to one place and make a great team out of them. In this case the place would be Dodger Stadium and the team would be the Dodgers.
Our All-Time Teams project is an effort to pick 28-man rosters for each franchise. Yes, we said franchise. That means the All-Time Dodgers include players going back to when they were in Brooklyn, and even back to before they were called the Dodgers. Let’s got through the process of selecting the players. If you just want to see the roster, scroll to the bottom of this page.
Though he played his last game more than 60 years ago, this is an easy choice: Roy Campanella was clearly the greatest catcher in Dodger history, with his power and great defensive skills. Campy was behind the plate for five Brooklyn teams that won the pennant. He won three Most Valuable Player awards before his career was shortened tragically after a car accident.
In the 1970s, the Dodgers formed one of the greatest infields in baseball history, with the anchor their star first baseman, Steve Garvey, the 1974 NL Most Valuable Player. Garvey edges out Gil Hodges, but it’s a very tough decision. Ultimately, his superb postseason play vaults Garvey ahead of Gil. Others to mention are Jake Daubert, Ed Kontechy, Dolph Camilli, and Adrian Gonzalez.
When he debuted on April 15, 1947, for Brooklyn, the weight of the baseball world was on the shoulders of Jackie Robinson. But Jackie was made for the challenge: forging a Hall of Fame career as the heart of the “Boys of Summer” team that won the 1955 World Series, the first championship in franchise history.
The man who helped ease Robinson into the big leagues was his double play partner, Pee Wee Reese, a Hall of Fame shortstop who somehow seems to be underrated. Reese was an excellent defender and a fine hitter who usually hit near the top of the order for Walter O’Malley when the “Bums” were dominating the National League in the 1950s.
A squat, power-hitting third baseman who helped the Dodgers to four pennants between 1974 and 1981, culminating in a World Series title, that was Ron Cey. “The Penguin” didn’t have the greatest range, but he made the plays, and his bat was outstanding.