Currently named the Los Angeles Dodgers, the MLB franchise known as the Brooklyn Dodgers is often credited with producing some of the most historic moments in the sport’s existence. Founded in 1883, the Dodgers originated in Brooklyn, New York and eventually moved to Los Angeles before the start of the 1958 season.
Joining the American Association in 1884, the Dodgers went on to win the AA championship the following year before becoming a member of the National League in 1890. Continuing to dominate the baseball field, the Brooklyn Dodgers won their first National League Championship during their first year as a member. After a very successful first season in the National League, the Dodgers went on to take home the NL pennant a total of 12 times and win the 1955 World Series.
As not only a National League dynasty, the Brooklyn Dodgers made baseball history when they started the first African American major league player in 1947, giving rise to the legend known as Jackie Robinson. Robinson went on to record one of the most unforgettable careers in baseball history that is still respected by the entire league many years after his retirement. For his contributions to baseball and the MLB, Jackie Robinson’s famous number 42 was retired by all major league franchise and the former second baseman is forever enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.