The Dodgers franchise dates back to 1884, when the team was known as the Brooklyn Atlantics. The name changed to the Brooklyn Grays in 1885, the Brooklyn Bridegrooms in 1888, and the Brooklyn Grooms in 1891.
The name changed back to the Bridegrooms from 1896 to 1898, and then was changed to the Brooklyn Superbas in 1899. In 1911, the team became the Brooklyn Dodgers for the first time, but reverted to the Superbas in 1913. In 1914, the name changed to the Brooklyn Robins.
In 1932, the franchise changed the name back to the Brooklyn Dodgers. That remained the name until the Dodgers pulled up stakes and moved to California in 1958, and became the Los Angeles Dodgers.
These are the players who have hit the most home runs in a season while playing for the Dodgers franchise. Almost every player on the list played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but some of the players also played for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Los Angeles Dodgers players who hit the most home runs in a season
1. Shawn Green (2001) - 49
Shawn Green holds the record for hitting the most home runs in a season for the Los Angeles Dodgers with 49. Green hit the 49 home runs for the Dodgers during the 2001 season.
For his career, Shawn Green hit 328 home runs, including 162 for the Dodgers from 2000 to 2004. Green is one of only 16 major league players to hit four home runs in one game.
2. Adrian Beltre (2004) - 48
Adrian Beltre hit the second most home runs in a season for the Dodgers, when he hit 38 round-trippers during the 2004 season. The 48 home runs led the National League, and got Adrian Beltre a very lucrative contract from the Seattle Mariners.
T-3. Gary Sheffield (2000) - 43
When he hit 43 home runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2000, Gary Sheffield tied the Dodgers record for most home runs in a season. Shawn Green would break the record just a year later.
Gary Sheffield hit 509 career home runs, including 129 for the Dodgers over four seasons, but he will never get into the Baseball Hall of Fame because of alleged PED use.
T-3. Duke Snider (1956) - 43
Duke Snider set the then Dodgers record for most home runs in a season when he hit 43 for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956. The 43 home runs led the National League.
Duke Snider hit 407 career home runs, 389 for the Dodgers. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980.
T-5. Shawn Green (2002) - 42
One year after setting the Dodgers all-time record for home runs in a season with 49, Shawn Green came back and hit 42 home runs in 2002. On May 23, 2002, Shawn Green hit four home runs in a game vs the Milwaukee Brewers.
T-5. Duke Snider (1953 and 1955) - 42
Duke Snider hit 42 home runs for the Brooklyn Dodgers in both 1953 and 1955.
T-5. Gil Hodges (1954) - 42
Gil Hodges hit 370 career home runs, including 361 for the Dodgers, and nine for the New York Mets.
9. Roy Campanella (1953) - 41
The great Roy Campanella hit a career high 41 home runs for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1953. Roy Campanella was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.
T-10. Mike Piazza (1997) - 40
Mike Piazza hit a career best 40 home runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1997. Piazza would hit another 40 home runs two years later for the New York Mets.
Do I personally believe Mike Piazza used steroids and other PEDs during his career? Yes, but I have never seen any definitive proof that he did, and I have no personal knowledge that he did. That is just my opinion.
There are two reasons why I think Mike Piazza probably used steroids and other PEDs. He hit 427 career home runs while playing his entire career in terrible home runs parks for the Dodgers, Mets, San Diego Padres and Oakland A's. Mike Piazza also physically looked like a steroid user in his appearance while he played in the majors. That is just my opinion.
T-10. Duke Snider (1954 and 1957) - 40
Duke Snider hit 40 home runs for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1954 and 1957 seasons. Snider makes this list five times, as he hit 40 or more home runs in a season that many times.
Duke Snider hit 316 home runs for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but after the team moved to Los Angeles, Snider hit just 73 more home runs for the franchise.
T-10. Gil Hodges (1951) - 40
When he hit 40 home runs for the Dodgers in 1951, Gil Hodges set the franchise record for most home runs in a season. His record lasted two years, until both Roy Campanella and Duke Snider topped it in 1953.