Surviving Brooklyn Dodgers

The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles over 60 years ago in 1958.  With the players in their 20s or 30s during the move, they are in their 80s or 90s now.  Most of the stars in Brooklyn were veterans by the time of the move to Los Angeles.  Many of those stars have passed away, but here is a list of 5 surviving players.

PlayerBornYears PlayedPosition
Bob Aspromonte6/19/38 563rd, SS, Left field
Sandy Koufax12/30/3555-57Pitcher
Tommy Brown12/6/2744-45, 47-51Shortstop, Left field
Fred Kipp10/1/3157Pitcher
Jim Gentile6/3/3457First Base

Another shared experience that we had was that we all had spring training together in Dodgertown when we were in the Dodger organization.  The Dodgers were unique in the number of minor league teams in the organization and how well they treated ALL of the players in spring training.  The major league players and the minor league players worked out and stayed at the old Naval Base or nearby.  This helped turn us into a cohesive group as players were moved up and down in the ranks.

The Dodger organization had a unique feel to it and we all worked together on and off the field.While many of these players just had a cup of coffee in Brooklyn like me, many of us were with the organization for many years in the minor leagues, spring training and other events.  For example, I pitched more than any Dodger on the Japan Goodwill Tour of 1956.  I also pitched batting practice during the 1956 World Series against the New York Yankees that went all 7 games.

The official site that tracks the Brooklyn Dodgers is here.

Glenn Mickens passed on July 9, 2019.

The legendary Tommy Lasorda passed on January 7, 2021.

Wayne Terwiligger passed on February 3, 2021, so there are only 13 Brooklyn Dodgers as of 5/21/2021.

Joe Pignatano and Don Demeter passed, so there are only 9 players left as of 03/11/2022.