Batting eighth for the Dodgers is shortstop Pee Wee Reese
Pee Wee Reese embodied the exact opposite of how Walker reacted to the end of baseball’s color barrier. He’s our Dodgers shortstop and number eight hitter. Maybe the best defensive player in team history, he owns the highest overall WAR in club history at 68.4. He's also tops in Defensive WAR at 25.6.
Reese’s numbers aren’t quite there with some other important Dodgers players. However, he does have the second most hits in franchise history at 2,170.
Even without any on-field contribution, Reese would've reached this roster for how he helped accept Robinson onto the team and his honorable military service during WWII. A guy who played for no other organization other than the Dodgers, he was a lifetime .269/.366/.377 hitter.
Although the numbers don’t contend with modern times, Reese was regularly in the MVP conversation. Voters saw more than statistics back then, apparently. He had some very average years where he still received consideration for the award. The closest he came was in 1949, when he led the league with 132 runs scored.
Something Reese did do well in his career was excel in the postseason. Back when there was only a World Series, he appeared in seven. The Dodgers shortstop slashed .272/.346/.349 in those appearances that all came against the Yankees. The only year he’d experience a win was in 1955.