A look back at (usually) an unheralded Dodgers player, learning more about their time with the team in Brooklyn or Los Angeles, their career, and their life after baseball.
The latest Three-Inning Save podcast looks back at Nate Oliver, one of only nine Los Angeles Dodgers to make their major league debut with an opening day start. Oliver started at second base on opening day in 1963, a year the Dodgers won the World Series. Oliver played five years with the Dodgers, was a key part of a possibly apocryphal story about bunting, and later managed the Palm Spring Angels.
A look back at the Dodgers career of Lee Lacy, who played all over the infield and outfield for Los Angeles during the 1970s, and had a particularly hot stretch as a pinch-hitter in 1978. During the World Series, Lacy became the first designated hitter in Dodgers history.
We look back at a pair of Dodgers on this episode. First up is Doyle Alexander, a pitcher who started his career with the Dodgers, and we finish with outfielder Jack McCarthy, who ended his major league career with Brooklyn six decades earlier.
Arnold "Jigger" Statz was considered one of the best defensive center fielders of his day, and played two years for the Brooklyn Dodgers. But that only accounted for a small portion of his amazing 24-year career, the bulk of which came with the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League.
Vicente Romo pitched in parts of eight major league seasons, but was more known for his exploits in the Mexican League both in the winter and summer. Romo, who pitched for the Dodgers in 1968 and in 1982, was named to the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.
Alan Foster was the Dodgers second-ever draft pick, selected in 1965 out of high school in Southern California. The right-hander pitched four years with the Dodgers, and allowed the first home run ever hit out of Dodger Stadium, to Willie Stargell in 1969.
Andy Pafko was a five-time All-Star with the Cubs who played for the Dodgers in 1951 and 1952. He was a key contributor on a World Series team as well as a team vying for the pennant, and famously was in left field watching Bobby Thomson’s pennant-winning home run for the Giants in 1951.
A look back at second baseman Jim Lefebvre, the 1965 NL Rookie of the Year for the World Series-winning Dodgers, part of the first all-switch-hitting infield in MLB history, and who played for Los Angeles for eight seasons, and later managed three major league teams.
Joe Pignatano, a Brooklyn native who debuted with his hometown Dodgers in 1957 and caught the final five innings of the last game at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, died at age 92 in Florida. Here’s a look back at his career, which included four years with the Dodgers and about 15 years as a coach across baseball.