We know Jackie Robinson is the best second baseman in Dodgers history, but who else ranks in the top five?
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a very special player who represents the second base position across all of baseball. Number 42 is retired in major league stadiums for reasons larger than the sport of baseball, which is why you can’t talk about Dodger second basemen without immediately thinking of Jackie Robinson.
In ranking the best second basemen in Dodgers history, I thought it was important to start with Jackie and then let the real debate begin in ranking the rest of the players on the list. You will find out why Robinson is worthy of the top ranking from a purely baseball standpoint. But perhaps most interesting is learning which players rank second through fifth. The list is comprised of players who built their careers with the Dodgers, as well as some who found themselves as significant contributors, but only for a few seasons.
Charlie Neal played six seasons between Brooklyn and Los Angeles with the Dodgers. He appeared in three All-Star games and won the Gold Glove Award in 1959, his best season wearing Dodger blue.
Jim Lefebvre played both second base and third base for the Dodgers in the mid-to-late sixties and early seventies. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1965, and made an All-Star appearance the following season. Over eight years with the Dodgers, he hit .251/.323/.378 with 74 home runs and 404 RBIs.
Eddie Stanky was a walking machine for the Dodgers over four seasons in the mid-1940s. He led the league in walks in 1945 and 1946. His on-base-percentage in over 530 games with the Dodgers was .405. He made an All-Star team in his final season with Brooklyn.