9. 1942: 104-50 (Did not make the postseason)
The 1942 Brooklyn Dodgers still have the second-best winning percentage in franchise history since the team was renamed to the Dodgers. The 104-50 record was good enough for a .675 winning percentage. By today’s standards, in a full 162-game season, that would have amounted for a 109-win season.
Despite putting up one of the best years in terms of wins in franchise history, the Dodgers were unable to overcome the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals went 106-48 that season and went on to defeat the New York Yankees in the World Series.
Were the Dodgers to make the World Series they very well could have beaten the Yankees and this season would have likely been number one on the list. The two sides were evenly matched, with the Yankees winning one less game than the Dodgers, so Brooklyn definitely had a chance.
Despite putting up such a great record, the Dodgers did not have many great performances. While there were some notable names (such as Pee Wee Reese and Billy Herman), only four players hit above .260. The best players for the Dodgers (including pitchers) were:
- Pete Reiser
- Joe Medwick
- Dixie Walker
- Arky Vaughan
- Kirby Higbe
- Whit Wyatt
- Curt Davis
- Johnny Allen
- Hugh Casey
- Larry French
Not many household names. However, the incredible regular season this team put together narrowly edges out the 1981 Dodgers.