the dodgers - combining the brooklyn and los angeles versions - have 6 world series titles to their credit. tonight, they begin their latest postseason quest for number 7. the nice people at topps recently included this insert in their physical 2016 topps bunt release around the concept that the dodgers have won a number of titles.
anyway, of the six titles owned by the franchise, only the 1988 championship came about without input from one of the three players shown (it would have been nice for topps to have added orel hershiser to the card to address that title, but i suppose four dodgers would get somewhat crowded). in fact, the dodgers franchise has only appeared in four world series in seasons that the rosters didn't include one of these guys. you have the 1916 and 1920 world series that the brooklyn robins lost, and the 1941 world series that the brooklyn dodgers lost to go along with the 1988 improbable/impossible season and title (side note in case you are about to question it - the dodgers made the series in 1947, snider's rookie season, although duke did not play in the fall classic that year).
now, here is a (sad) list of non-championship dodger postseason appearances since garvey left the fold.
1983 - lost nlcs to phillies 3 to 1. steve carlton was pretty good.
1985 - lost nlcs to cardinals 4 to 2. first base was open!
1995 - lost nlds to reds 3 to 0. none of the games were close.
1996 - lost nlds to braves 3 to 0. dodgers had a lead for a total of four out of 28 innings.
2004 - lost nlds to cardinals 3 to 1. thank goodness for lima time that year.
2006 - lost nlds to mets 3 to 0. back to getting swept in the postseason.
2008 - won nlds against cubs 3 to 0; lost nlcs to phillies 4 to 1. mannywood!
2009 - won nlds against cardinals 3 to 0; lost nlcs to phillies 4 to 1. payback for '77 and '78 nlcs.
2013 - won nlds against braves 3 to 1; lost nlcs to cardinals 4 to 2. no kemp and hanley hbp hurt.
2014 - lost nlds to cardinals 3 to 1. this is why i don't like matt adams.
2015 - lost nlds to mets 3 to 2. this is why i don't like daniel murphy either.
at any rate, i'm hoping that any cards or conversations about dodger championships going forward will have to include clayton kershaw and the franchise's seventh title.