Are you an Los Angeles Dodgers fan?
If you are, you know that the Los Angeles Dodgers are competing in their second straight world series. After losing last year to the Houston Astros, Dodgers fans have their fingers crossed for a win over the Boston Red Sox in the upcoming games.
Let us ask you this: how many World Series have the Dodgers won? Do you know who founded the team? What about where their name comes from?
So whether you're a new fan as of two days ago or have been wearing a Dodger's hat since you were born, keep reading. We're going to go over 10 FAQs you need to know.
When Was the Organization Founded?
This franchise was founded in the late 1800s, but it was far from the ball club we know today. Their original name was "The Brooklyn Atlantics" and, as you could probably guess, the team was based in Brooklyn, New York.
If we're talking about the original founding date, it was in 1884. They didn't become the LA Dodgers that we love until 1957.
How'd They Get Their Name?
As we mentioned before, they weren't always the LA Dodgers. They went from the Brooklyn Atlantics to the Brooklyn Bridegrooms to the Brooklyn Grooms then back to the Brooklyn Bridegrooms before going through a number of other name changes.
It wasn't until 1932 that they landed on the name "Dodgers" while still based in Brooklyn. The name "Dodgers" is basically a Brooklyn way of saying "jaywalkers." Those who would cross the streets and be forced to "dodge" the trolley streetcars.
Even after the Dodgers moved to LA after the 57' season, they kept the name.
Who Owns the Dodgers?
Ball club ownership changes hands quite frequently. So who owns the Dodgers in 2018? Guggenheim Baseball Management has owned the Dodgers since 2012. They bought the team for a whopping $2.15 billion.
Many people were happy with this since one of the owners under this management company is the famous Magic Johnson, a well-known figure in LA sports and arguably the most famous LA Lakers player of all time.
When Did Dodger Stadium Open?
Dodger Stadium is one of the most famous ballparks in all of Major League Baseball. It opened in 1962 and has since hosted 9 World Series and witnessed some of the most famous moment in MLB history (Clayton Kershaw no-hitter, Rick Monday saving a burning flag, Mike Piazza hits a home run out of the stadium, and more).
Just one year after opening, the Dodgers won the World Series in their new park against the Yankees.
How Many World Series Have the Dodgers Competed In?
Speaking of World Series, how many have the Dodgers competed in?
In total, the Dodgers have made it to the world series 22 times including 2018. While not all of their appearances were under the name "Dodgers", the franchise has proven their ability with over 20 World Series appearances.
How Many World Series Have the Dodgers Won?
Of the 21 appearances in the World Series that are complete (aka not including this year), the Dodgers have been World Series Champions 6 times. Those times were in 1955, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981, and 1988.
Despite all of these wins and having a particularly famous and lucrative franchise, the Dodgers haven't won since 1988. They were in the 2017 series but lost to the Houston Astros.
We'll have to see if they can add a seventh win in this 2018 series against the Red Sox.
Who Was the Most Famous Dodger Player?
The Red Sox have David "Big Papi" Ortiz. The Yankees have Derek Jeter. But who's the most iconic Dodger player? It's hard to pick when the Dodgers have had so many famous and amazing players, so we'll give you a few.
Clayton Kershaw is a newer name who you probably know as a triple Cy Young winner who pitched a no-hitter in 2014. Still on the Dodgers today, we hope to see some of his awesome pitching in the World Series this year.
But if we're talking famous Dodgers pitchers, we have to talk about Sandy Koufax. He was the first pitcher to ever win three pitching Triple Crown Awards and for good reason. Koufax is a pitching legend, along with being arguably the most famous Dodger player of all time.
Also, did you know that baseball legend Jackie Robinson was a Dodger? So was his friend Pee Wee Reese.
They've also had Don Snider, Mike Piazza, Kirk Gibson, and more.
Which Dodger Numbers Are Retired?
Baseball teams "retire" a number after a particularly famous or beloved player with that number leaves the team. There are 10 officially retired numbers:
- Number 1, Pee Wee Reese
- Number 2, Tommy Lasorda
- Number 4, Duke Snider
- Number 19, Jim Gilliam
- Number 20, Don Sutton
- Number 24, Walter Alston
- Number 32, Sandy Koufax
- Number 39, Roy Campanella
- Number 42, Jackie Robinson
- Number 53, Don Drysdale
Unofficially, number 34 has also been retired for the famous Fernando Valenzuela.
Do the Dodgers Have Any Rivalries?
Most people know about the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, but what about the Dodgers? Do they have any beef with other ball clubs?
Yes, they do. Their main rival is the San Fransisco Giants.
What Are Their Chances Against the Red Sox in 2018?
Perhaps the most asked question recently is whether the Dodgers will win their first World Series since 1988 this year. It seems unlikely since Sports Illustrated has the Red Sox as the favorite to win the series.
However, there's a lot of baseball left to play, and the Dodgers are a great team.
Baseball fans, new and old alike, love their team facts. Hopefully, these 10 FAQs and their answers will help you join the conversation as this 2018 World Series gets underway.
You know the current answer to, "how many world series have the Dodgers won," but hopefully that answer will change by next week!
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