The Brooklyn Bridegrooms, forerunner of the Dodgers were the 1889 champs!
The players of the 1889 championship team are left to right,
Back row: Shortstop Germany Smith, outfielder Pop Corkhill, pitcher Adonis Terry, first baseman Dave Foutz, outfielder Darby O’Brien, catcher Doc Bushong and catcher Joe Visner.
Second row: Third baseman George Pinkney, pitcher Bob Caruthers, second baseman Hub Collins, Manager Gunner McGunnigle, outfielder Oyster Burns, catcher Bob Clark and pitcher Tom Lovett.
Sitting in front is pitcher Mickey Hughes.
Here is the Brooklyn Bridegrooms team at the start of their 1890 championship season in the National League, as portrayed in the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper:
Top row: Catcher Tom Daley, first baseman Dave Foutz, second baseman Hub Collins, third baseman George Pinkney, pitcher Bob Caruthers
Middle row: Outfielder Oyster Burns, catcher Doc Bushong, outfielder Darby O’Brien, shortstop Germany Smith, manager Bill McGunnigle, pitcher Tom Lovett, outfielder Pop Corkhill
Bottom row: Catcher Charles Reynolds, catcher George Stallings, catcher Bob Clark, pitcher Mickey Hughes, pitcher Adonis Terry
The team included 5 catchers, 2 of whom (Reynolds and Stallings) were dropped early in the season.