The 2010s are now done, at least from a baseball standpoint. In keeping with the ongoing series on the site reviewing the club’s best at each position over the last decade, this week on the podcast we draft teams of Dodgers from 2010-19.
We chose 15 players each, including nine position players, four starting pitchers, and two relievers. Spoiler alert: Clayton Kershaw was drafted first.
This week we look back at Nap Rucker, one of the Dodgers’ best pitchers during the deadball era. The left-hander pitched only 10 major league seasons (1907-16), all with Brooklyn, and was so beloved that team owner Charles Ebbets said of Rucker, “I will always regard him as one of the greatest men the game has produced--greatest in every way.”
Rucker is eighth in franchise history in innings pitched and sixth in bWAR, and in the 1910s was the first of eight Dodgers pitchers with a 30-WAR decade. Rucker pitched the third no-hitter in franchise history, started the first game ever at Ebbets Field, and after his playing days was a scout for two decades with the Dodgers.
Episode link (time: 89:49)