Brooklyn’s first Boys of Summer included guys named Adonis, Oyster, Needles, Germany and Parisian Bob. The usual line-up looked like the following:
First base: Dave “Needles” Foutz, who won 43 games as a pitcher for St. Louis.
Second base: Hub Collins, who still holds the Dodgers franchise record for most runs scored in a season.
Shortstop: Germany Smith, who ranged far both in the field and in the pubs.
Third base: George Pinkney, baseball’s first Iron Man.
Leftfield: Darby O’Brien, the outgoing team captain.
Centerfield: Pop Corkhill, who hit the franchise’s first National League homer.
Rightfield: Tom “Oyster” Burns, who led the team in homers and RBI’s in 1890.
Catcher: Doc Bushong, who invented the “pillow” catcher’s mitt.
Catcher: Bob Clark, who took over when Bushong was injured.
Utility Man: Joe Visner, the first Native American Indian to play in the majors.
“Parisian Bob” Caruthers, the only 40 game winner in franchise history.
Adonis Terry, the only player from the team that started in 1883.
Tom Lovett, the only 30 game winner in Dodgers N.L. history.