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Dodgers History & Records

A look throughout history at the Los Angeles Dodgers as well as the Brooklyn Dodgers, including records and notable games, seasons, and careers.

The returns of Freddie Freeman and Steve Garvey

Freddie Freeman’s return to Atlanta to play the Braves sure seems a lot like Steve Garvey’s return to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers in 1983.

Clayton Kershaw breaks Dodgers strikeout record, passing Don Sutton

Clayton Kershaw struck out his 2,697th career batter, passing Don Sutton for the most in Dodgers franchise history.

Clayton Kershaw’s milestone strikeouts

A look back at memorable milestone strikeouts in the career of Clayton Kershaw, now the all-time Dodgers franchise leader in strikeouts.

A history of the Dodgers all-time strikeout record

Clayton Kershaw is about to break the Dodgers all-time strikeout record. Here’s a look at the seven others to hold that title, dating back to the 1884 Brooklyn Atlantics.

Looking back at the opening of Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium when it opened in 1962 was the first privately-financed MLB stadium in nearly four decades. We look back at some challenges over the final few months of construction at Chavez Ravine, and anticipation of the Dodgers new ballpark.

Dodger Stadium’s almost dome

A look back at never-materialized plans for Dodger Stadium to have a dome, with origins that dated back to the Dodgers’ time in Brooklyn.

Justin Turner climbs the hit by pitch ladder

Justin Turner has been hit by a pitch 90 times since joining the Dodgers, more than any other player in franchise history. He has a chance to move up the all-time leaderboard in 2022, and could join an exclusive club.

Dodgers retired numbers worn by others

With Gil Hodges likely to have his number 14 retired by the Dodgers, here’s a look at others to wear that number with the team after Hodges left the team in 1961.

Zack Wheat’s last Brooklyn HR, and the longest trot ever

The story of Zack Wheat’s final home run hit in Brooklyn, in 1926, which included an ankle injury, a charley horse, writhing in pain at second base, and a five-minute limp/trot around the bases.

Dodgers history with the qualifying offer

With Corey Seager and Chris Taylor signing free agent contracts, both Dodgers qualifying offer decisions are concluded. Here’s a look at the 10-year history of qualifying offer and how it relates to Los Angeles.

Dodgers lost to the World Series winners, again

The Dodgers have lost to the World Series champions or won the Fall Classic themselves every year dating back to 2016. This year, the Braves — who eliminated the Dodgers in the NLCS — did the honors en route to a title run.

Julio Urías, 20 wins, and Cy Young Award voting

Julio Urías led the National League with 20 wins. A look at what that has meant historically among Dodgers pitchers in Cy Young Award voting, and how Urías stacks up against stiff 2021 NL competition.

Dodgers records set in NLCS Game 5

A look at the many records set by Chris Taylor, Albert Pujols, and the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS.

Dodgers face tall task in trailing 2-0

With the Dodgers down 2-0 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series against the Braves, a look at Dodgers franchise history in such scenarios, in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles.

Dodgers-Braves postseason history

Heading into the 2021 National League Championship Series, the Dodgers have won three straight postseason series against the Braves, including twice in the previous three years.

Pujols sets a pair of Dodgers postseason records

Albert Pujols had two hits in Game 3 of the NLDS. At 41 years old, he set a pair of Dodgers postseason franchise records.

As Game 1 goes, so go the Dodgers

A look at Dodgers history in the first game of a best-of-five series. How LA does in Game 1 matches the series results in 17 of 20 series.

A familiar place: Dodgers back in NLDS

A look back at the Dodgers’ history in the National League Division Series, including playing in the NLDS for each of the last nine seasons.

Dodgers try to improve playoff history vs. Cardinals

The Dodgers have lost four of their five postseason series against the Cardinals, all played between 1985 and 2014. They meet again in the one-game National League wild card game on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers records, league leaders & notable stats from 2021

A look at some memorable statistics, records, and league leaders from the 2021 Dodgers.

It’s rare that the Dodgers and Giants are both this good, this late

The Dodgers and Giants are tied atop the National League West. This is only the 12th time in 64 years since moving to California that both are playing this late with each team within three games of first place at the start of the series.

Remembering a Dodgers-Giants pennant race, 50 years later

A look back at the race between the Dodgers and Giants for the National League West in 1971, which went down to the final day of the regular season.

Gil Hodges, Carl Erskine inducted into NY Hall of Fame

Brooklyn Dodgers greats Gil Hodges and Carl Erskine were elected in August to the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame.

Kenley Jansen & the 1,000-strikeout club

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is the 12th pitcher to amass 1,000 career strikeouts in relief, and just the third pitcher with 1,000 relief strikeouts all with one team, joining Hall of Fame closers Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman in the latter group.

23,000 pieces of Dodgers memorabilia, and counting

David Petersen has been collecting Dodgers memorabilia for over 50 years, and his collection has over 23,000 items.

Happy anniversary, Dreifort’s 2-homer game

Two of Darren Dreifort’s six career home runs came 21 years ago today. It’s the last time a Dodgers’ pitcher has gone deep twice in the same game.

For the 1991 Dodgers, the Skydome was the limit

The Dodgers in 1991 had the best record in baseball and a five-game lead in the National League West. They sent six players to the All-Star Game in Toronto, matching a franchise record since they moved to Los Angeles.

Baseball Reference incorporates Negro Leagues stats into majors in site redesign

Baseball Reference, the indispensable research site, has incorporated Negro Leagues stats into major league stats in a redesign for the site. Here are some examples, as well as how a few Dodgers are represented.

When the Dodgers traded for ERA leader Rick Honeycutt

A look back at the 1983 trade that sent American League ERA leader Rick Honeycutt to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Dave Stewart going to the Rangers. Both would make bigger impacts much later down the road.

Kenley Jansen climbs the saves ladder

Kenley Jansen racked up his 321st career save on Wednesday, a notable save for a pair of reasons. Plus, Clayton Kershaw opined on the recent spate of MLB no-hitters, and other Dodgers news.

Kershaw climbs the Dodgers innings leaderboard

Clayton Kershaw passed a pair of former Brooklyn Dodgers on Saturday, and has moved into seventh place all-time in innings pitched in franchise history.

Statue commemorates ‘A handshake for the century’

We are coming up on the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first minor league game, for the Montreal Royals in the Brooklyn Dodgers system, during which Robinson homered and was greeted at home plate with a handshake by teammate George Shuba. That moment is being commemorated in a statue in Youngstown, Ohio, Shuba’s hometown.