The Dodgers have a deep history in baseball that runs from Los Angeles to Brooklyn. The storied franchise is loaded with icons and legends that have changed the game in some shape or form. Taking a look in would yield no shortage of Hall of Famers from present-day to its creation. Yet, labeling who is the best of them all would be a pretty tall task.
There’s the one and only Jackie Robinson who not only became a Dodger icon but an icon for the whole sport of baseball. Most would see that as a clear choice to take home the mantle as the greatest player to suit up for the Dodgers.
Can you decide between Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax? The greatest of the greats extend their on-field dominance and define the legacy of their franchise. Both Robinson and Koufax did for the Dodgers. Both are revered for their impact on the sport, but Jackie was a social icon and Sandy was a model for his franchise’s pitching heritage. Robinson excelled despite the incomprehensible burden of breaking down racial barriers. Koufax compiled unapproachable statistics that obscured the toughness and unselfishness necessary to pitch in constant pain. In a photo finish, it’s Koufax.
Even with MLB’s explanation of why they went with Koufax, it’s still a tough call to make. If it weren’t for a career-ending injury that cut Koufax short, there’s so much more he could’ve accomplished on top of what he did during his 12 seasons in the league. Even just taking a look into what each accomplished, and Sandy definitely meant a lot to the organization when he was on the field.