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Dodgers rewind

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.

Dodgers rewind: Wayne Belardi

A look back at Wayne Belardi, a power-hitting first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the early 1950s who was stuck behind Hall of Famer Gil Hodges on the depth chart. Belardi hit a memorable grand slam in 1953.

Dodgers rewind: Nate Oliver

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.

Dodgers rewind: Lee Lacy

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.

Dodgers rewind: Ed Vande Berg

A look back at left-handed pitcher Ed Vande Berg, a Redlands native who pitched for the Dodgers in 1986. His one season in Los Angeles came in a pivotal time in Major League Baseball labor relations.

Dodgers rewind: Doyle Alexander & Jack McCarthy

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.

Remembering Fred McGriff’s year with the Dodgers

With Fred McGriff up for Hall of Fame consideration, let’s look back at his one season with the Dodgers, in the very odd 2003 campaign in which Los Angeles were kings on the mound yet anemic at the plate.

Dodgers rewind: Jigger Statz

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.

Dodgers rewind: Vicente Romo

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.

Dodgers rewind: Alan Foster

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.

Dodgers rewind: Andy Pafko

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.

Dodgers rewind: Johnny Rutherford

A look back at Dodgers pitcher Johnny Rutherford, who pitched one season in the majors in 1952 and started and won the pennant-clinching game for Brooklyn that season.

Dodgers rewind: Greg Shanahan

A look back at Greg Shanahan, a right-hander who pitched two years for the Dodgers in the 1970s.

Dodgers rewind: Rick Rhoden

A look back at former pitcher Rick Rhoden, one of the best Dodgers draft picks of the 1970s, and someone who after his pitching days turned to professional golf.

Dodgers rewind: Goody Rosen

Looking back at Goody Rosen, the first Canadian-born Jewish player in major league history, who made an All-Star team for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945.

Dodgers rewind: Jack Fimple

A look back at Jack Fimple who made his major league debut with the Dodgers in a pennant race, and by his second day in the majors was the everyday catcher for the rest of the season on a division winner.

Dodgers rewind: Jim Lefebvre

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.

Dodgers rewind: Dave Mlicki

Dave Mlicki was a serviceable starting pitcher, acquired by the Dodgers during the chaotic 1998 season, who pitched a rare shutout at Coors Field.

Dodgers rewind: Ernie Koy

Inspired by James Outman hitting a home run in his first major league at-bat, the eighth Dodger to do so, we look back at the first position player on the team to accomplish the feat, outfielder Ernie Koy for Brooklyn in 1938.

Dodgers rewind: Chad Fonville

A look back at speedster Chad Fonville, who earned his way into the top of the lineup down the stretch for the 1995 Dodgers, and even hit .500 in the postseason.

Dodgers rewind: Bernie Neis

A look back at Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder Bernie Neis, who played for Brooklyn for five years, and had a memorable debut, reaching base three times in each of his first two major league games in 1920.

Dodgers rewind: Bert Hamric

Outfielder Bert Hamric had a productive decade-plus in the minors in the 1950s, and played in two games for the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, but didn’t actually play in the field.

Dodgers rewind: Jeff Torborg

A look back at former Dodgers catcher Jeff Torborg, who caught three no-hitters, including Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965.

Dodgers rewind: Mike Sharperson

A look back at Mike Sharperson, a productive utility player for the Dodgers for a few years who hit his way onto the 1992 National League All-Star team.

Dodgers rewind: Leo Durocher

A look at Leo Durocher’s playing career, which included fights as a rookie with teammates Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, winning a World Series with the Gashouse Gang, and making three All-Star teams, twice with the Dodgers.

Dodgers rewind: Hank Aguirre

A look back at Dodgers reliever Hank Aguirre, the left-hander who in his one season in Los Angeles set a franchise record for best ERA by a relief pitcher.

Dodgers rewind: Tommy Brown

Looking back to Tommy Brown, the youngest player in Dodgers history, who played for Brooklyn from 1944-50, hit three home runs in a game once, and is the only AL/NL player ever to homer before his 18th birthday.

Dodgers rewind: Red Smith

With the Dodgers about to play the Braves, we look back at a third baseman who played for only those two teams, but in Brooklyn and Boston over a century ago.

Dodgers rewind: Tom Paciorek

A look back at longtime outfielder, first baseman, and announcer Tom Paciorek, who started his playing career with the Dodgers, played in the majors for 18 seasons, and broadcasted games for another two decades after that.

Dodgers rewind: Ken McMullen

A look back at third baseman Ken McMullen, who started twice on opening day for the Dodgers and in between was involved in a pair of star-studded trades.

Dodgers rewind: Joe Pignatano

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.


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