Dodgers: Ranking the Top 5 Right fielders in franchise History
By Sean Kaufman
4. Best Dodgers right fielders: Carl Furillo
The Dodgers were so enamored with Carl Furillo that they bought the entire minor league franchise he played for just to get him. They were on to something as he became one of the most dependable hitters of the 40’s and 50’s.
The Reading Rifle took to big league pitching well, hitting .284 and receiving MVP votes after his rookie season in 1946. His first year in the Bigs was no fluke, as Furillo became an integral part of several playoff teams. He played in seven World Series, winning in 1955 and 1959, and contributed several key RBI’s. Perhaps his best known World Series exploit was robbing Johnny Mize of a homer in the 11th inning of Game 5 of the 1952 Series.
Furillo’s most productive season came in 1953, as he led the majors with a .344 average, and hit a career high 38 doubles. A two-time All-Star, Furillo was an MVP finalist a whopping eight times, finishing as high as sixth in 1949. He remained productive well into his 30’s, hitting .290 with 83 RBI in the Dodgers’ first season in LA.
Furillo was also known for his arm, compiling 10 or more outfield assists in nine consecutive seasons. The Pennsylvania native spent his entire 15 year career with the Dodgers, finishing with a .299 average, 324 doubles. 56 triples, 192 homers, and an .813 OPS.