Jan 1, 2013, 6:00am PST
February 8, 2013
Orel Hershiser, the bulldog
It's fitting we end our profiles of the 1988 Dodgers with a look at Orel Hershiser, who carried the team on his back and was untouchable for over two months.
February 7, 2013
Mike Scioscia, a rock behind the plate
Mike Scioscia hit three home runs all year, but hit a two-run home run in the ninth against Doc Gooden that led to tying the NLCS at two games apiece.
February 6, 2013
Alejandro Pena, bullpen mainstay
He was slow in his mannerisms, but Alejandro Pena led the Dodgers bullpen in 1988.
February 5, 2013
Mike Davis, all he did was walk
Mike Davis had a difficult 1988 season, making him an unlikely person to set the stage for one of the greatest moments in Los Angeles Dodgers World Series history.
February 4, 2013
Tommy Lasorda, the true believer
Coming off consecutive 73-89 seasons, Tommy Lasorda led the Dodger to the 1988 World Series title and secured a place in the Hall of Fame.
February 3, 2013
Gilberto Reyes tasted the champagne
No 1988 Dodgers position player appeared in fewer games than Gilberto Reyes. But under somewhat unusual circumstances, he was in the clubhouse for the World Series celebration.
February 2, 2013
Chris Gwynn, used in a pinch
The long-time pinch hitter was in his second season in 1988, and got a cup of coffee in September with the Dodgers.
February 1, 2013
Jay Howell, a sticky situation
Jay Howell was an effective relief pitcher for the Dodgers for five years, but his first year in Los Angeles, while very good, could have easily been remembered negatively for the relief pitcher.
January 31, 2013
Dave Anderson, the decoy
The longtime utility man stood in at shortstop every day for two months in 1988, then stood in the on-deck circle before the biggest home run in Dodgers franchise history.
January 30, 2013
Tim Crews, he took the ball
Tim Crews, technically still a rookie, ably filled a middle relief role for the 1988 Dodgers, took the ball whenever asked, and soaked up nearly 72 innings despite not being with the big club for the first thirty games of the year.
January 29, 2013
Rick Dempsey, backup catcher extraordinaire
The 1983 World Series MVP played a big part in the 1988 Dodger championship compiling what would be the best offensive season of a 24 year career.
January 28, 2013
Bill Krueger started once, just once
Bill Krueger made exactly one appearance for the 1988 Dodgers. He started, and the Dodgers won.
January 27, 2013
Tracy Woodson, not all nice guys finish last
As spring training was winding down the third base job was a battle between young right-handed prospects, Tracy Woodson and Jeff Hamilton. The latter won out, with Woodson opening 1988 in the minors.
January 26, 2013
Shawn Hillegas, in the rotation
Shawn Patrick Hillegas didn't finish the year with the 1988 Dodgers, but he filled a hole in their rotation in the middle of the season before being part of a stretch-drive trade.
January 25, 2013
Mike Sharperson, almost a hero
Mike had a key walk in the 1988 NLCS that has been lost to time
January 24, 2013
Ken Howell, team player
Ken Howell, currently the assistant pitching coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was both reinventing himself as a starter and recovering from off-season surgery when 1988 began. That put him in position to serve in one small role for the big club.
January 23, 2013
Danny Heep, one of the Stunt Men
Danny Heep never was as effective as he was as a Met but he still started a game in the 1988 World Series.
January 22, 2013
Jesse Orosco, the prankster
Jesse Orosco was a proven stalwart reliever, but was his most valuable contribution to the 1988 Dodgers a prank gone wrong? Our profile of the 1988 Dodgers continues with the left-handed part of the back end of the bullpen.
January 21, 2013
John Shelby, streaking in center field
John "T-Bone" Shelby 24-game hitting streak and a key plate appearance in the 1988 NLCS helped the Dodgers get to the World Series.
January 20, 2013
Brian Holton, the patient journeyman
Brian Holton spent more time in Albuquerque than did Walter White, but his patience was rewarded with a career year in 1988 in the bullpen for the Dodgers.
January 19, 2013
Mike Devereaux, destined to play elsewhere
Mike Devereaux's contributions in 1988 were small but he would go on to win an NLCS MVP and be part of a World Series winner
January 18, 2013
John Tudor, the hired slinger
John Tudor played on two St. Louis Cardinals teams that just missed winning it all, but finally got his ring with the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers, despite being a non-factor in the LA post-season success.
January 17, 2013
Pedro Guerrero, the last hurrah
Pedro Guerrero began the 1988 season out of position, and ended it out of Los Angeles, shipped to St. Louis in a trade for the National League leader in ERA.
January 16, 2013
Tim Leary, nobody expected this
Tim Leary bounced back from a lackluster 1987 season to solidify the 1988 Dodgers rotation.
January 15, 2013
Franklin Stubbs, from stuntman to starter
Franklin Stubbs began 1988 as one of the "Stuntmen" - the Dodgers opening-day bench players - but wound up starting every game of the World Series.