now then. this is the second installment of the revolving door that was and is the dodgers' third base position. the first group of guys can be found here. the funny thing about this is that while i was able as a youngster to quickly link bill russell to maury wills to pee wee reese, and steve garvey to wes parker to gil hodges, and davey lopes to jim lefebvre to jim gilliam to jackie robinson, i couldn't figure out how to get from ron cey back to the brooklyn days. this post helps illustrate young gcrl's confusion.
john kennedy (1966)
after all that, kennedy hit only .201 in 1966 with 3 homers and 24 rbi in 125 games played. he did get one of the few (17) hits that the dodgers managed in the 1966 world series against the orioles, but was dealt to the yankees prior to the 1967 season.
jim lefebvre (1967)
bob bailey (1968)
oddly enough, bailey hit .227 (73 for 322) in both of his seasons with the dodgers. he did manage to double his home run output from 4 in 1967 to 8 in '68, but he was taken by the expansion montreal expos after the 1968 season ended.
others to spend time at third for the dodgers in 1968 included lefebvre, paul popovich, ken boyer, luis alcaraz, and bill sudakis, who took over the majority of the playing time in 1969.
bill sudakis (1969)
it looked like maybe, just maybe, the dodgers had found their third baseman. instead, sudakis split time between third and behind the plate in 1970, while another youngster took his turn as the dodgers' third baseman.
billy grabarkewitz (1970)
rich allen (1971)
overall, allen hit .295 with 23 homers and 90 rbi in 155 games. after the season, he was traded to the white sox for tommy john, and went on to win the 1972 al mvp award - while playing first base.
steve garvey (1972)
ron cey (1973-1982)another kellogg's card (that's cey's 1977 issue)! the penguin took over at third in 1973 and didn't give the spot up until he was traded to the cubs after the 1982 season. over those 10 seasons, cey never played anywhere but third, and he averaged 147 games per season, along with 23 homers and 84 rbi. i'm getting teary eyed just thinking about it.
pedro guerrero (1983-1984 (first half))petey was a guy without a position. like garvey, the dodgers needed to find a way to get his bat into the lineup. he had settled in right field after the injuries to, and eventual departure of, reggie smith, but with cey gone he was handed the keys to the hot corner. he wound up starting at third in 156 of the 160 games in which he played, and he had a huge offensive year as well. 32 home runs, 102 rbi, and a .298 batting average got him his second all-star berth and a 4th place finish in the league mvp race. he led the dodgers back to the playoffs, but they couldn't get past the phillies.
in 1984, guerrero began the season as the dodgers' third baseman, but he had hit only 6 home runs to go along with a .277 average when july rolled around, and he was moved back to the outfield. so, the dodgers had two primary third basemen in 1984 - a different scenario than the platoons of the 1960's - but you'll need to wait for the third installment to find out who it was.