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The Ten Coolest Dodgers? OK, why not?

Feb 10, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

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Steve Dilbeck makes a list of the “Top Ten Coolest Dodgers” over at the L.A. Times.  The top four — Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Fernando Valenzuela and Jackie Robinson — were pre-selected. He picks 5-10. Click through to read them. Milk/cow/free, don’t you know.

With the understanding that “cool” is about as subjective an adjective there can be, I can’t argue too much with his list.  Buster Olney — in whose column I saw the link to Dilbeck’s piece — disagrees with one particular ranking:

Sandy Koufax is No. 1, which makes sense … But Manny Ramirez ahead of Kirk Gibson? As a once-rabid Dodgers fan, I’ve got a major beef with that one.

There’s the famous story about how someone pranked Kirk Gibson on the first day of Spring Training in 1988 by putting shoe polish in his hat. Gibson went crazy and tore everyone a new one.  That is often cited as his claim to leadership over the team. A clear signal that with Gibson in town shit just got real. The time for joking was over and the time for winning was now.  When the Dodgers won the World Series that year — complete with Gibson’s MVP and his stunning home run — he more than backed up his bluster.  This is the stuff from which legends are made.

But dudes: that ain’t cool.  The shoe polish thing was funny.  Lighten up, Gibby.  That’s how you make the cool list, and having Manny above you is just the way it’s gotta be, babies.

Oh, and the dude to the right is Casey Stengel when he was with the Dodgers. If that ain’t cool, I don’t know what is.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 10, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    From top ten uncool: Rickey Henderson (too much effort)….ahahahhaha, that’s not fair! He was cocky cool!

  2. The Baseball Idiot - Feb 10, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    That might be a true story about Gibson, but it was also the first episode of this show:

    It was called Lottery and a Dodger bench warmer, who was a practical joker, put shoe black in the big slugger’s helmet, who then hit a home run and came back to the dugout to beat the crap out of the practical joker.

    Who was then released.

    Who then won the lottery.

    Who then got his own team together to play the Dodgers to prove they could still play.

    Which was the plot (kind of) of Brewsters Millions.

    Some one on the Dodgers in 1983 had nothing to do better with their winter than watch crappy television programs.

    Maybe Wezen ball could identify the player.

  3. shaggylocks - Feb 10, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    As much as I agree that Jackie Robinson deserves to be in the top 4 twice, Don Drysdale was actually number 4 on the list.

  4. ta192 - Feb 10, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    No Babe Herman? This list is a sham…

  5. The Sports Minion - Feb 10, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Eric Karros’ hair is often overlooked, glad it got the recognition it deserves. Tommy Lasorda isn’t cool?

  6. buddaley - Feb 10, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    I am not a Dodger fan, but it seems to me you have to make room for Pee Wee Reese. Even without the “hand around the shoulder of Jackie Robinson story (myth?)”, the captain was something special.

    And I think Skoonj, the Reading Rifle Carl Furillo needs to be considered too. The way he played that RF wall was poetry, and the gruffness was no put-on.

    And for my money, Lasorda has no place in the discussion. In fact, I consider him one of the most boring, cliche spouting, self-promoting figures in baseball. But the quiet man, Walter Alston might have a case. Those one year contracts and the strength he exuded without effort certainly qualify.

  7. cup0pizza - Feb 11, 2011 at 3:53 AM

    No Roy Campanella? Whatever.

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