The nickname “Dodgers” goes back to the days when the team was in Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn club was known as the “Dodgers” because of the many trolleys in the New York borough. People in Brooklyn had to “dodge” the trolleys in the streets, and there were numerous incidents in which citizens were scrunched to death by the multi-ton cars. When the Dodgers relocated to the west coast in 1958, they took their name with them.
Previous to Dodgers, the team was called the Robins (short for Wilbert Robinson, the team’s manager), Superbas, and Grooms (when one season several players were newlyweds).