according to the la times, 'the dodgers asked each player and coach to name the former dodger who inspired them most. the choice each person made was displayed on a patch he wore on his uniform'. of course, there were a limited number of players to choose from (i believe there were 23 'heroes'), and 18 different dodgers from the past were chosen by the current players and staff. the ones not worn included walter alston, carl erskine, johnny podres, and two others (
anyway, here's the list:
roy campanella - worn by todd hundley
ron cey - worn by adrian beltre
tommy davis - worn by robinson checo of whom i do not have a card showing the patch.
don drysdale - worn by jeff shaw,
i'm 99% certain), and doug bochtler
steve garvey - worn by travis barbary (i would love to find a card or image of travis barbary wearing this patch), and by gcrl.
kirk gibson - worn by todd hollandsworth, rick dempsey (a former teammate of gibby was a dodger coach in 1999), onan masaoka. i don't have any cards of these three guys that feature the gibson patch, but i do own the gibby patch. it looks like this
gil hodges--eric karros
sandy koufax - worn by kevin brown,
tommy lasorda - worn by glenn hoffman, and pedro borbon jr. i don't have a card or image of the lasorda patch.
manny mota - worn by raul mondesi,
don newcombe - worn by coach john shelby. sadly, i do not have an image of this patch.
pee wee reese - worn by mark grudzielanek
jackie robinson - worn by eric young, davey johnson, gary sheffield, devon white,
and alan mills
bill russell - worn by tripp cromer
mike scioscia - worn by paul loduca and dave hansen. hansen was a teammate of scioscia's back in the early '90's. i don't have an image of the scioscia patch.
duke snider - worn by hitting coach rick down. i don't have an pic of snider's patch. the dodgers will be wearing a patch this season to commemorate the duke's death which is appropriate. i was a little surprised that they didn't do it for willie davis last year, but there was no doubt they would honor the duke.
don sutton - worn by pitching coach charlie hough, coach jim tracy, double dipper mike maddux, and jamie arnold
maury wills - worn by manny mota and jacob brumfield. i don't have a picture of the wills patch.
there were a few other players who wore dodger blue in 1999, such as craig counsell, but the only card of his as a dodger doesn't show who's on his sleeve. for the record, the unknowns are counsell, trenidad hubbard (i have heard from someone who said hubbard wore the jackie patch), alex cora, chance sanford, rick wilkins, juan castro, brent cookson, mike judd, jeff williams, dave mlicki, jeff kubenka, matt herges, and mel rojas. if anyone has any 2000 cards or other info on these patches and players, i would love to hear from you.
here's to you, dodger heroes (you too, davey lopes)!