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Los Angeles Dodgers

Major league affiliations
National League (1890 - present)
West Division (1969 - present)
Retired numbers1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53
ColorsDodger blue, white    
Los Angeles Dodgers (1958 - present)
Brooklyn Dodgers (1932 1957) *Brooklyn Robins (Unofficial) (1914 1931) *Brooklyn Superbas (Unofficial) (1899 1910) *Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (Initially unofficial)(1891 evolved into "Dodgers") *Brooklyn Bridegrooms/Grooms (Unofficial) (1888 1898) *Brooklyn Grays (Unofficial) (1885 1887) *Brooklyn Atlantics (Unofficial) (1883 1884) (1932 is the first year in which the nickname appeared on the uniforms of the Brooklyn Base Ball Club.)
Other nicknamesBlue Crew
Dodger Stadium (1962 - present)
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (1958 1961) *Ebbets Field (Brooklyn) (1913 1957) *Washington Park (II) (Brooklyn) (1898 1912) *Eastern Park (Brooklyn) (1891 1897) *Ridgewood Park (Brooklyn) Sunday games only (1886 1889) *Washington Park (I) (Brooklyn) (1884 1890)
Major league titles
World Series titles19551959196319651981 • 1988 ((6))
NL Pennants1890 • 1899 • 1900 • 1916
1920 • 1941 • 1947 • 1949
1952 • 1953 • 1955 • 1956
1959 • 1963 • 1965 • 1966
1974 • 1977 • 1978 • 1981
1988 ((21))
AA Pennants (1)1889
West Division titles1974 • 1977 • 1978 • 1981
1983 • 1985 • 1988 • 1995
2004 • 2008 • 2009 ((11) [1])
Wild card berths2006 • 1996 ((2))
[1] In 1994, a players' strike wiped out the last eight weeks of the season and all post-season. Los Angeles was in first place by three and a half games in the West Division when play was stopped. No official titles were awarded in 1994.
OwnerFrank McCourt
ManagerDon Mattingly

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are a professional baseball team based in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers are members of Major League Baseball's National League West Division. Established in 1883, the team originated in Brooklyn, New York, where it was known by a number of nicknames before becoming the Dodgers definitively by 1932. The team moved to Los Angeles before the 1958 season. They played their first four seasons in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving to their current home of Dodger Stadium, the third-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball (trailing Fenway Park and Wrigley Field).

In the modern (post-1903) era, the team, then known as the Robins, won league pennants in 1916 and 1920, losing the World Series both times, first to Boston and then Cleveland. In 1941, as the Dodgers, they captured their third National League pennant, only to lose again to the New York Yankees. This marked the onset of the Yankees Dodgers rivalry, as the Dodgers would face them in their next six World Series appearances. Led by Jackie Robinson, the first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era, and three-time National League Most Valuable Player Roy Campanella, also signed out of the Negro Leagues, the Dodgers captured their first World Series title in 1955 by defeating the Yankees for the first time.

Following the 1957 season, the team left Brooklyn. In just their second season in Los Angeles, the Dodgers won their second World Series title, beating the Chicago White Sox in six games in 1959. Spearheaded by the dominant pitching style of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale, the Dodgers captured three pennants in the 1960s and won two more World Series titles in 1963, sweeping the Yankees in four games, and 1965, edging the Minnesota Twins in seven. The 1963 sweep represented their second victory against the Yankees and first against them as a Los Angeles team. The Dodgers won three more pennants in 1974, 1977 and 1978, but lost in each World Series appearance. They went on to win the World Series again in 1981, thanks to pitching sensation Fernando Valenzuela. The early 1980s were affectionately dubbed "Fernandomania." In 1988, another pitching hero, Orel Hershiser, again led them to a World Series victory, aided by one of the most memorable home runs of all time, by their injured star outfielder Kirk Gibson coming off the bench to pinch hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning of game 1, in his only appearance of the series.

The Dodgers share a fierce rivalry with the San Francisco Giants, it being the oldest rivalry in baseball dating back to when the two franchises played in New York City. Both teams moved west for the 1958 season. The Dodgers and Giants are tied for the most National League pennants (21), the second most World Series appearances (18), and the number of World Series titles won (6). Although the two franchises have enjoyed near equal success, the city rivalries are rather lopsided and in both cases, a team's championships have predated to the other's only one in that particular location. When the two teams were based in New York, the Giants won five World Series championships, and the Dodgers one. After the move to California, it has been the reverse-the Dodgers have won five in Los Angeles, the Giants won one in San Francisco.

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