Greatest players in Los Angeles Dodgers history: 5. Dazzy Vance, 61.9 WAR
It should be noted that WAR for pitchers and position players are calculated differently but we decided to just group the pitchers with the position players to create this top five.
Dazzy Vance was the first dominant arm in Dodgers’ history and is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He pitched for Brooklyn from 1922 to 1935 and was not only a great arm for the Dodgers, but was one of the best pitchers in the league.
Vance is a one-time MVP, leading the league in strikeouts seven times and ERA three times. He finished his Dodger career with a 3.17 ERA and 1,918 strikeouts.
The most incredible thing about Vance is that his career started as a very old age. If he would have started his pro baseball career earlier then maybe we would have the Dazzy Vance Award instead of the Cy Young Award.
Vance had 33 innings pitched before he became a Dodger at the ripe age of 31 (which is how old Clayton Kershaw is). Vance could have had a 25-year career and would have been a more well-known name if he was.
Vance comes in fifth on this list and is ahead of some very notable pitchers in Dodger history. The next three pitchers on the WAR leaderboard are Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax and Don Sutton.