Ten Most Important Moments in Dodger History

It seems like only yesterday folks were leaving the Dodgers like a sinking ship. The fabled franchise was going down faster than the Titanic. The Dodgers freefall stopped the moment Ned Colletti was named general manager.

The ship began to right itself with his naming of Grady Little as manager. The signing of Rafael Furcal began to add steam to the engine.

Then came Bill Mueller. And now it seems Nomar Garciaparra and others are right behind.

From laughing stock to favorites to win the division. All in a matter of weeks.

Surely this is one of the biggest moments in Dodgers baseball history.

We got to thinking about the Dodgers history and its most important events.

Here's one pundits top 10 list.

#1- Branch Rickey in the early 1940s initiates the Dodgers farm system, an event that produced players for half a century, lasting even until and beyond the players union, the free agent system, and agents.

#2- Branch Rickey brings Jackie Robinson to Brooklyn in 1948, the shock wave that revolutionized and resurrected the sport.

#3- Peter O'Malley as early as the 1960s invests money and interest in international baseball, carving out the Caribbean as a private and bountiful fiefdom for the Dodgers for many years.

#4- Walter O'Malley's jump from Brooklyn to Los Angeles after the 1957 season. As a New Yorker, we still have never gotten over it, but it was the right choice from third team in a three team city to top spot in the metro market of the future.

#5- Larry MacPhail's hiring of announcer Red Barber in 1938, who brought elegance to the Dodgers.

#6- The hiring a decade later of Vin Scully, who not only maintained but improved upon that elegance.

#7- The 1955 World Series Championship, the franchise's first and still most memorable.

#8- The day Sandy Koufax found the strike zone, making him for four years the best player ever to wear the Dodgers uniform.

#9- The day, driven by federal inheritance laws, the O'Malleys' finally had to let go of the franchise after a half a century.

And now, number 10 -- The day Ned Colletti arrived.