The 15 greatest L.A. Dodgers of all time – LA Times


By Houston Mitchell
Los Angeles Times

. 1: Sandy Koufax

When you talk about the greatest left-handed pitchers of all time, you start with Koufax, add in Warren Spahn, Lefty Grove, Randy Johnson and Steve Carlton and figure it out from there.

Koufax was the first pitcher to win multiple Cy Young Awards, as well as the first pitcher to win a Cy Young Award by a unanimous vote. Many people will tell you that the greatest pitcher in baseball history was Sandy Koufax on four days’ rest. Second greatest? Sandy Koufax on three days’ rest.

Koufax pitched four no-hitters, one of those a perfect game, and led the Dodgers to two World Series titles.

On the L.A. Dodgers’ all-time list, Koufax is third in wins (156), third in strikeouts (2,214), eighth in losses (77), eighth in games pitched (335), third in complete games (133), third in shutouts (38), fourth in walks (709) and first in ERA (2.64).

No. 2: Don Drysdale

Big D teamed with Sandy Koufax during the 1960s to form one of the most dominating pitching duos in history.

In 1962, Drysdale won 25 games and the Cy Young Award. In 1965, he won 23 games and helped the Dodgers to their third World Series title in L.A. In 1968, he set a record with 58 consecutive scoreless innings, a record that was broken by Orel Hershiser in 1988.

Drysdale was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984, and had his number (53) retired by the Dodgers that same year.

Drysdale was also one of the last of the breed of pitchers who weren’t afraid to knock a batter down with a pitch to get his point across. His 154 hit batsmen is still the modern National League record.

Drysdale also was a broadcaster for the Dodgers from 1988 until his death during the 1993 season.

On the all-time L.A. Dodgers list, Drysdale is second in wins (187), second in strikeouts (2,283), second in losses (152), third in games pitched (459), tied for first in complete games (156), second in shutouts (46), third in walks (763) and fourth in ERA (2.98).

No. 3: Vin Scully

When you think of the Dodgers, the first thing that pops into the minds of most people is Vin Scully, the greatest sports broadcaster in history.

 Scully joined the Dodgers in 1950, working alongside Radio Hall of Famer and baseball legend Red Barber. In 1976, Dodger fans voted Scully the