The Los Angeles Dodgers have a long and storied history with a multitude of legendary players who have donned their uniform over the years. But similar to the franchise’s single-season home run leaders, there hasn’t been a whole lot of movement in recent years regarding the Dodgers all time home run leaders list.
We’ll first look at each of the Dodger sluggers who have found their way into the top five. After that, we’ll see who is lingering within the top 25.
Dodgers All Time Home Run Leaders: Top 5
Duke Snider: 389 Home Runs
Duke Snider spent 16 of his 18 big-league seasons as a member of the Dodgers (both Brooklyn and Los Angeles), with all but 18 of his career homers coming for the franchise. And, as we can see, his efforts have made him the Dodgers’ all-time home run leader. After hitting just five dingers through his first 93 MLB games in 1947 and 1948, Snider found his footing when it came to slugging balls over the fence.
He went on to enjoy 10 different seasons of 20-plus homers, including nine in a row from 1949 to 1957. This streak of power included yet another streak within it, as Snider hit 40-plus in each season from 1953 to 1957. This also included him setting the franchise’s single-season record for center fielders in ’56.
The outfielder never won an MVP award, but he sure came close a number of times. The closest calls came between 1953 and 1955 when he finished third, fourth, and third, respectively. This span of time included 2,012 plate appearances, and Snider slashed .329/.420/.634 while averaging 41 home runs, 131 RBI, and 126 runs scored. He actually finished second in MVP voting to teammate Roy Campanella by only five points, but I bet he didn’t care as much after Brooklyn finally won the World Series that year.
Gil Hodges: 361 Home Runs
Gil Hodges has been a legend for quite a while — both for his playing days with the Dodgers and also for his time as manager of the New York Mets. Thankfully, we can finally say he’s a Hall of Famer because he’s deserved it for years despite having to wait so long to officially get the honor.
Hodges registered just one game and three plate appearances in 1943 as a 19-year-old rookie before missing the next two seasons due to military service. It took him a couple of years to get acclimated to life in the big leagues in ’47 and ’48, but once he did, he was off to the races. Hodges proceeded to rattle off 11 straight seasons with 20-plus homers, and the first seven were accompanied by 100-plus RBI. He added his name to the shortlist of hitters who have slugged four home runs in a game, as well.
When using OPS as the barometer, 1953 and 1954 were Hodges’ two best overall offensive seasons (.943 in ’53, .952 in ’54). Each campaign included a triple slash of at least .300/.370/.550 along with 30-plus homers and 120-plus RBI. That 1953 season was his fourth straight year of 30-plus dingers, and he did the majority of his work over two months. Hodges had three homers through the end of May before hitting a combined 21 homers in June and July.
Eric Karros: 270 Home Runs
It’s hard to believe that with all the players who have played and excelled with the Dodgers — especially in recent years — that Eric Karros is the most recent player taking a spot in the top five. This will likely change in due time, but it’s still quite crazy to think about.
Of Karros’ 14 years in the majors, 12 of them came with the Dodgers. His power peak lasted from his age-27 season to his age-32 campaign. During this six-year stretch, the first baseman notched at least 30 homers on five different occasions. He had two separate consecutive streaks here, too. The first time he did it was in three straight years between 1995 and 1997 before taking a break in 1998 (he hit 23 that year) and going above 30 again in 1999 and 2000.
Karros hit 34 in a season twice (1996 and 1999), but the second time around was the better overall performance. His .912 OPS (powered by a .304/.362/.550 triple slash) was a career-high mark, as were the 112 RBI and 40 doubles he collected.
Roy Campanella: 242 Home Runs
Roy Campanella was one of those dudes that came in and proved a catcher didn’t have to just be a game manager behind the plate. Once he landed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948, he spent the last 10 years of his big-league career there, slashing .276/.360/.500. The 1955 World Series champion appeared in 11 All-Star Games and won three MVP awards.
The backstop enjoyed seven seasons of 20-plus homers, with four of those surpassing the 30-homer plateau. Campy was a force at the plate throughout his career, but his 1953 MVP performance was a tier above the rest. His 1.006 OPS was a career-high mark as he slashed .312/.395/.611. He also set new career-high marks in home runs (42), RBI (142, which also led the league), and runs scored (103).
Campanella had 19 homers once the calendar flipped to July, but 12 of his first 19 came during the month of May. Over the final three months, his power production was spread more evenly. He hit seven in July, eight in August, and another seven in September.
Ron Cey: 228 Home Runs
Ron Cey put together some productive seasons for the Chicago Cubs at the end of his career, but the majority of what he accomplished came during his 12 years in a Dodger uniform. Cey enjoyed 10 seasons with double-digit home runs, and while he surpassed 20 on seven different occasions, he reached 30 just once.
The third baseman hit exactly 30 and drove in a career-high 110 RBI in 1977 for L.A. He appeared in the All-Star Game for his efforts and finished eighth in MVP voting. While he had more plate appearances in the first half (407) than the second half (262), the solid impression Cey made during this season happened prior to the midsummer classic. He hit 18 of his 30 homers before the break while slashing .272/.397/.502, and then came back after the respite to slash just .197/.269/.378.
His month of April is what put him on this trajectory, though. After one month of play, Cey already had nine homers and 29 RBI to go along with a 1.433 OPS.
Dodgers All Time Home Run Leaders: The Rest
Here’s what the remainder of the top-25 Dodgers career home run leaders looks like at the moment:
- Steve Garvey: 211 home runs
- Matt Kemp: 203
- Carl Furillo: 192
- Mike Piazza: 177
- Pedro Guerrero: 171
- Raul Mondesi: 163
- Andre Ethier: 162
- Shawn Green: 162
- Justin Turner: 156
- Willie Davis: 154
- Cody Bellinger: 152
- Adrian Beltre: 147
- Dusty Baker: 144
- Max Muncy: 139 (…and counting)
- Dolph Camilli: 139
- Jackie Robinson: 137
- Mike Marshall: 137
- Zack Wheat: 131
- Joc Pederson: 130
- Gary Sheffield: 129
Who is currently on the outside looking in? And by how many dingers? Check out those details on FanGraphs.
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