This Day In Dodgers History: Garvey, Lopes, Russell, Cey Play Together

[new_royalslider id=”179″] During the 1970’s, the Los Angeles Dodgers reached the World Series three times. Each time the same infield quartet led the team to the National League pennant.

On June 13, 1973, first baseman Steve Garvey, second baseman Davey Lopes, shortstop Bill Russell and third baseman Ron Cey played their first game together in a matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies. The actual game turned out to be a blowout for the Phillies as the Dodgers fell, 16-3.

Regardless, the four infielders would become important players for the Dodgers for the next eight and half years they played together. With their longevity, Cey, Garvey, Lopes and Russell became the longest quartet to ever play together in the Major League. Each player is also etched in to the Dodger history books for their individual accomplishments.

Garvey is first in the franchise for consecutive games played, Lopes is second on the steals list, Russell has played the most games as a Dodger, while Cey is fifth on the all-time home runs list.

In 1981, the Dodgers finally on the World Series after losing in their previous three trips. After the season, Lopes was traded to the Oakland Athletics, breaking up the infielders’ historic run together.
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