the los angeles dodgers have had only 9 managers in their 58-year history. compare that to the marlins, who have employed 13 managers (including two interim guys with just one game apiece) in their 23 years of existence. all but one of the la dodger managers are still with us, and so obtaining autographs from each is not too difficult.
i've finally found the final piece to this collection, and so i will now display a complete set of la dodger manager autographed dodger cards.
1968 topps team (walt alston)
smokey passed away in 1984, so this card is obviously one that i purchased. he first started managing the dodgers in 1954, and he won a total of 7 pennants and 4 world series, with 5 of those pennants and 3 of the world series titles coming in los angeles. alston was at the helm for 2040 dodger wins - most all-time - and is enshrined in the hall of fame. he gave way at the end of the 1976 season to tommy lasorda.
1978 topps tom lasorda
1987 topps bill russell
like lasorda, russell signed this card (a final tribute) through the mail. there is one card of him as a manager, and it comes from the 1997 mother's dodgers set. i will try to get that one signed, but i don't believe ropes is signing through the mail anymore. anyway, russell took over for lasorda in 1996 and led the team to a wild card berth. they were swept in the nlds, and were out of the playoff picture the following year which was russell's only full season at the helm of the club. after 74 games in 1998, russell was fired by the fox regime about a month after the mike piazza trade. it was the first time since leo durocher was relieved of his duties in 1948 that a dodger manager was fired during the season. russell's 173 wins as the dodger skipper puts him 17th on the franchise list, and his winning percentage of .537 is good enough for 9th all-time (7th if we ignore interim managers clyde sukeforth and ray blades who won all three games they managed). russell was replaced by glenn hoffman
1988 topps glenn hoffman
2001 topps davey johnson
2002 topps jim tracy
2007 topps grady little
i had to purchase this signed card.
*update* little returned my ttm request after a fair amount of time with both his 2007 topps card
and 2006 upper deck card
signed. very happy to have this success! *end update*
little's 170 wins in his two seasons as the team's manager puts him right between bill russell and davey johnson on the franchise's all-time list. the dodgers won the wild card in 2006, but were swept in the nlds, and then finished 3rd in 2007. little resigned as the team's manager after the 2007 season as it seemed apparent that frank mccourt wanted to hire joe torre to take over.
2009 topps joe torre
hall of fame manager torre, who signed this card through the mail, came aboard and led the club to two straight nl west titles and national league championship series berths. the team faltered in 2010, however, and torre retired after that season. his 259 wins are 12th best among the franchise's managers, and his winning percentage is sandwiched by hoffman's and little's on the leader board. torre's bench coach, don mattingly, was picked to be his successor.
2014 topps heritage don mattingly