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The Brooklyn Dodgers were a Major League Baseball team that played from 1890-1957. They may be most memorable for their World Series win over the New York Yankees in 1955. In 1958 they moved to Los Angeles, California to become the Los Angeles Dodgers. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar). ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as Americans... The following are the events of the year 1955 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the events of the year 1958 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1,290. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,2,4,19,20,24,32,39,42,53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912), (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) (Also referred to as Trolley Dodgers 1911-1931) Brooklyn...

The Brooklyn Dodgers were a Major League Baseball team from 1913-1957.
The Brooklyn Dodgers were a Major League Baseball team from 1913-1957.


Image File history File links Dodgers_hat. ... Image File history File links Dodgers_hat. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Pre-National League Heritage

Brooklyn was well represented in baseball during the games amateur era, with teams like the Brooklyn Eckfords and the Brooklyn Atlantics drawing well. In 1858, the first baseball game in which admission was charged was an all-star game pitting players from New York teams against players from Brooklyn teams at Capitoline Grounds in Brooklyn. Fans were admitted into the stands at the then-unheard charge of fifty cents. Eckford of Brooklyn or just Eckford was an American baseball team from the mid-1850s through the early 1870s. ... The Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn (Atlantic or the Brooklyn Atlantics) was baseballs first champion and its first dynasty. ...

With the formation of the National League in 1876, New York's entry in the circuit, the Mutuals, played their home games in Brooklyn because of an inability to locate a suitable playing field in Manhattan. At the conclusion of the season the New York Mutuals were expelled from the league because of their failure to complete their schedule. In order to fill the void in the metropolis, in 1877 a National League team representing Hartford played most of its home games in Brooklyn. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

An independent professional team named the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (because of the confluence of trolley lines near Washington Park, the team's home grounds) was organized in Brooklyn in 1883. The following year the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers were admitted into the American Association, the National League's chief rival in the 1880s. In 1889, the Trolley Dodgers won the American Association pennant, but were defeated by the National League champion New York Giants six games to three in the 1889 "world championship series." Following their defeat in the series, the Brooklyn club, along with the Cincinnati Reds, withdrew from the American Association and both clubs were promptly admitted to the National League for the 1890 season. The American Association (AA) was a baseball major league from 1882 to 1891. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,4,11,24,27,30,36,44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Ballpark AT&T Park (2000–present) a. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,5,8,10,18,20,24 Name Cincinnati Reds (1876–present) (Referred to as Redlegs 1953-1958) Ballpark Great American Ball Park (2003–present) Riverfront Stadium (1970-2002) a. ...

The "Brooklyn Bridegrooms"

The Brooklyn club, now called the Brooklyn Bridegrooms because several of their players had been recently married, joined the National League in 1890. In their first season, the Bridegrooms, benefiting from a players strike which diluted the throughout the league, went 86-43, winning their first National League pennant. At the conclusion of the regular season, the Bridegrooms faced the American Association's Louisville Colonels in the 1890 world championship series, but the series ended in a three-all draw (with one tie game). The Louisville Colonels were a Major League Baseball team that played in the American Association throughout that leagues ten-year existence from 1882 until 1891, first as the Louisville Eclipse (1882- 1884) and later as the Louisville Colonels (1885 -1891). ...

In 1891 the Bridegrooms lost a few key players and slumped to a record of 61-76. Then in 1892 in a split season, they went 95-59 but still fell short in the penant race. In 1893, the Bridegrooms played alright, posting a 65-63 record, and the next year they didn't do much better finishing with a 70-61 record. Strangely enough, the following year (1895) they finished with an almost identical record: 71-60.

Throughout the end half of the decade, struggles continued for the Bridegrooms. In 1896 they went 58-73, their first losing season in four years. They went 61-71 in 1897, and when Brooklyn was declared a borough and New York City was started in 1898, the Bridegrooms went 54-91.

The "Brooklyn Superbas"

The tide finally turned for Brooklyn in 1899. When the Brooklyn President died, the two owners of the Baltimore Orioles, Harry Von der Horst and Ned Hanlon, purchased a half-interest in the Bridegrooms. Hanlon began to manage the team, which had picked up a new nickname: the "Superbas," after a traveling acrobat troupe called "Hanlon's Superbas" that were popular during the era. He brought in some of his best players from Baltimore, and that season the Superbas went 101-47 after a 22-game winning streak. They finally won their second National League pennant.

1900 was a special year for the Superbas. Not only did they win their second straight pennant (finishing 82-54), but they became the first team to win the NL Title in the 20th Century. In 1901, the Superbas fell to third place with a record of 79-57, after being raided by the American League.

Over the next three years, the Superbas did fairly well. In 1902 they went 75-63, and in 1903 they slid to a 70-66 record. Then in 1904, they narrowly missed losing 100 games after finishing 65-97.

Then came 1905. This was Ned Hanlon's final season as manager, and the Superbas managed to achieve a new all-time low record: a lousy 48-104. But it didn't end there. In 1906, Patsy Donovan took over as manager, but they still managed to finish with a 68-86. Then again in 1907 they finished with a 65-83 record, making it their fourth straight losing season. The Superbas finally let Donovan go after finishing 1908 with a 53-101 record.

In 1909, another manager, Harry Lumley, takes over, but the Superbas don't do much better. Their record: 55-98. Again in 1910 they struggled, posting a 64-90 record.

The Brooklyn Dodgers
The Brooklyn Dodgers

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The "Brooklyn Dodgers"

By 1911, the team reverted back to the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers, or, more commonly, simply the Brooklyn Dodgers. However, the new name did not help in either 1911 or 1912 (64-76; 58-95). In 1913 Ebbets Field opened with a game against the Philadelphia Phillies. They only managed to post a 65-84 record, but 1B Jake Daubert had a fabulous season batting .350. Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,14,20,32,36 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1946–present) Philadelphia Blue Jays (1944-1945) Philadelphia Phillies (1885-1943) Philadelphia Quakers (1883-1884) Worcester Worcesters (1880-1882) (Commonly referred to as Phillies 1944-1945 despite...

The "Brooklyn Robins"

In 1914, the press began referring to the team as the Brooklyn Robins in honor of the team's new manager, Wilbert Robinson. They make a run for .500, but fall short finishing with a 75-79 record. Finally in 1915, they end their long losing streak and post a winning record of 80-72.

Now it was time for them to win another pennant, and in 1916, that's just what happened. After a sixteen year drought, the Robins made it to their first ever World Series against the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox would take Game 1, and in Game 2, the Robins couldn't seem to figure out how to hit a young pitcher by the name of Babe Ruth. They ended up losing that game (a 14-inning pitcher's duel), but they did win Game 3. Unfortunately, the Robins lost both Games 4 and 5, therefore losing the Series. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1 • 4 • 8 • 9 • 27 • 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1907–present) See Nicknames before Red Sox for disputed nicknames Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World... The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... George Herman Ruth, Jr. ...

Over the next three years (1917-1919) the Robins didn't have much luck; they didn't finish with a winning in any season.

In 1920, the Robins once again made it to the World Sereis, this time against the Cleveland Indians. They took two of the first four games, but they once again could not win it. In 1921 they finished with a 77-75 record.

Over the next 10 years (1922-1931) the Robins struggled and did not win a single pennant. In 1931, Wilbert Robinson decided to retire, coming off of a 79-73 season. At the time, he was the "winningest" manager with a career total of 1,375 victories. This put an end to name "Brooklyn Robins."

Back To The "Dodgers"

In 1932, Max Carey replaced Wilbert Robinson, and, although some in the press suggested that the team should now be called the "Brooklyn Canaries" after the new manager, whose original last name was "Canarius," the team reverted to the name "Dodgers." Carey lasted for two seasons after finishing 81-73 and 65-88. Then in 1934 Casey Stengel was hired as the new manager, and the Dodgers finished with a 71-81 record. The next year they would finish 70-83. Stengel's last season ends with a 67-87 record in 1936.


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The historic and heated rivalry between the Dodgers and the Giants is more than a century old, having begun when both clubs played in New York City (the Dodgers in Brooklyn and the Giants in Manhattan).
The 1962 pennant race ended in a tie, and the Dodgers were defeated by the archrival Giants in the tie-breaking playoff, but the Dodgers proceeded to win the pennant in three of the next four years.
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Brooklyn's debut into the National League in 1890 began on a positive note as the team nicknamed the "Bridegrooms" won the championship with an 86-43 record.
The term "Trolley Dodgers" was attached to the Brooklyn ballclub due to the complex maze of trolley cars that weaved its way through the borough of Brooklyn.
June 12, 1890: Brooklyn beats the Giants, 12-6, at Washington Park in the first game to feature a passionate dispute between the two clubs in the National League, ignited by Brooklyn third-base coach Darby O'Brien, who pretended to be a baserunner and drew a throw over to third.
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