Los Angeles Dodgers Rumors
One of the most storied franchises in the National League, the Dodgers have called Los Angeles home since they moved there from Brooklyn before the 1958 season. The Dodgers have won nine National League pennants since moving to L.A. and 21 overall as a franchise. Of the six World Series titles they have won as a franchise, five of the titles have come in L.A., the most recent in 1988.
Some of the greatest players the game has ever seen have donned the Dodger Blue for their whole careers, including Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in baseball by joining the Dodgers as a rookie second baseman in 1947. Ace pitchers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale also were lifelong Dodgers who were a big part of the Dodgers’ domination in the mid-1960s.
After winning two World Series in the ‘60s, the Dodgers enjoyed some success in the ‘70s and early ‘80s. They won three National League pennants in 1974, 1977, and 1978, though they lost in the World Series to the Athletics in 1974 and back-to-back years to the Yankees in ’77 and ’78. They got their revenge on the Yankees in 1981 however, defeating them in the World Series for their fifth championship in franchise history.
The Dodgers’ most recent World Series title in 1988 came after an improbable run through the postseason in which they beat the heavily favored Mets in the NLCS and the juggernaut Athletics in the World Series. The pivotal moment came in Game 1, when an ailing Kirk Gibson hit a pinch-hit game-winning home run that would go down in history as one of the most famous home runs in baseball history.
The Dodgers have not had much postseason success since then – only winning two playoff series in over twenty seasons – but they hope behind 2011 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and superstar Matt Kemp, their fortunes will change soon.