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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey


On June 13, 1973, Steve Garvey, Dave Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey  took what would become their familiar positions across the Dodgers' infield. They would play together for eight and a half years; the longest of any infield in major league history.

Second baseman Lopes would be traded to the A’s before the 1982 season, with first baseman Garvey (free agent to the Padres) and third baseman  Cey (traded to the Cubs) heading out of town for 1983. Shortstop Russell played in LA for all eighteen seasons of his career and had a (short) stint as manager.

The Dodgers won four western division titles and national league pennants during this time, going 1-3 in the World Series, losing to the A's in 1974 and the Yankees in 1977 and 1978 (Reggie Jackson INTERFERED!). The unstoppable force that was Fernandomania resulted in a win over the hated Yankees in 1981.

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