Furcal Becomes One of Top Shortstops in L.A.

Rafael Furcal, the Dodgers $13 million man, became one of the top offensive shortstops in club history in his first season in Dodger Blue, slugging 15 home runs and knocking in 63 runs, moving him onto both the Los Angeles and franchise lists. He tied for the lead in most doubles and is ninth in stolen bases.

Don Zimmer's 17 home run outburst in 1958, the first season in Los Angeles and the first in the Coliseum with it's 250-foot left field screeen, leads the L.A. record book. Furcal's 15 moves him past Kevin Elster's 14 in 2000 and Greg Gagne's 10 in 1996, to become one of four shortstops who homered in double figures.

Furcal is also fourth on the all-time chart, trailing Glenn Weight's 22 homers in 1930, Zimmer and Pee Wee Reese's 16 in 1949.

Furcal missed the L.A. shortstop RBI record by two, knocking in 63. Bill Russell holds the top spot after collecting 65 runs batted in during the 1974 and 1976 seasons.

He is 18th on the franchise list, trailing Glenn Wright's 125 RBI in 1930, the only Dodger shortstop to surpass the 100 barrier.

The club has been blessed with a number of outstanding shortstops and filling out the top five RBI list are Tommy Corcoran 92 in 1894, Pee Wee Reese 84 in 1951, Bill Dahlen 82 in 1901 and Lonny Frey 77 in 1935.

Also on the Los Angeles charts, Furcal tied Bill Russell (1978) with 32 doubles and his 196 hits are second to Maury Will's 208 hits in 1962. Furcal's 37 stolen bases earned him the ninth slot.

  Home runs

  Los Angeles
17 -- Don Zimmer, 1958
15 -- #Rafael Furcal, 2006
14 -- Kevin Elster, 2000
10 -- Greg Gagne, 1996, 1997
 8 -- Mariano Duncan, 1986

 7 -- Bill Russell, 1979
 7 -- Mark Grudzienek, 1999
 6 -- Mariano Duncan, 1985, 1987
 6 -- #Maury Wills, 1962
 5 -- Bill Russell, 1969, 1974, 1976

All-Time
22 -- Glenn Wright, 1930
17 -- Don Zimmer, 1958
16 -- Pee Wee Reese, 1949
15 -- #Rafael Furcal, 2006
14 -- Kevin Elster, 2000

13 -- Pee Wee Reese, 1953
12 -- Pee Wee Reese, 1947
12 -- Charlie Neal, 1957
11 -- Glenn Wright, 1932
11 -- *Lonny Frey, 1935
11 -- Pee Wee Reese, 1950

  Runs batted in

  Los Angeles
65 -- Bill Russell, 1974, 1976
63 -- Rafael Furcal, 2006
62 -- #Jose Offerman, 1993
62 -- #Cesar Izturis, 2004

60 -- Don Zimmer, 1958
57 -- Greg Gagne, 1997
56 -- Bill Russell, 1973, 1979
55 -- Greg Gagne, 1996

  All-time
125 -- Glenn Wright, 1926
 92 -- Tommy Corcoran, 1894
 84 -- Pee Wee Reese, 1951
 82 -- Bill Dahlen, 1901
 77 -- *Lonny Frey, 1935

 76 -- Bill Dahlen, 1899
 75 -- Pee Wee Reese, 1948
 74 -- Tommy Corcoran1892
 74 -- Bill Dahlen, 1902
 73 -- Tommy Corcoran, 1896
 73 -- Pee Wee Reese, 1947, 1949

  Doubles

  Los Angeles
32 -- Bill Russell, 1978
32 -- #Cesar Izturis, 2004
32 -- Rafael Furcal, 2006
28 -- Bill Russell, 1977
27 -- #Alfredo Griffin, 1990

26 -- Bill Russell, 1973, 1979
24 -- Mariano Duncan, 1985
24 -- #Cesar Izturis, 2002
23 -- Bill Russell, 1980
23 -- Mark Grudzielanek, 1999

  All-time
35 -- *Lonny Frey, 1935
35 -- Pee Wee Reese, 1954
32 -- Bill Russell, 1978
32 -- #Cesar Izturis, 2004
32 -- Rafael Furcal, 2006

31 -- Glenn Wright, 1932
31 -- Pee Wee Reese, 1932
29 -- *Lonny Frey, 1936
28 -- Glenn Wright, 1930
28 -- Pee Wee Reese, 1977

  Hits

  Los Angeles
208 -- #Maury Wills, 1962
196 -- Rafael Furcal, 2006
193 - Cesar Izturis, 2004
186 -- #Maury Wills, 1965
179 - Bill Russell, 1978

176 -- Bill Russell, 1977
173 -- #Maury Wills, 1961, 1964
169 -- #Maury Wills, 1971
162 -- #Maury Wills, 1962

  All-time
208 -- #Maury Wills, 1962
196 -- Rafael Furcal, 2006
193 -- #Cesar Izturis, 2004
186 -- #Muary Wills, 1965
179 - Bill Russell, 1978

176 -- Pee Wee Reese, 1951
176 -- Bill Russell, 1977
174 -- *Ivy Olson, 1921
173 -- Bill Corcoran, 1894
173 -- #Maury Wills, 1961, 1964
  *=bats left   #=switch hits

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