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The 15 greatest L.A. Dodgers of all time, No. 6: Steve Garvey

Continuing our countdown of the greatest L.A. Dodgers of all time, as chosen by our readers.

No. 6: Steve Garvey (236 first-place votes, 39,277 points)

Fabforum Some voters thought he was overrated and left him off the ballot entirely;  some thought he was the greatest L.A. Dodger of all time.

Steve Garvey was part of the legendary Garvey-Lopes-Russell-Cey infield, which stayed together for almost nine full seasons. Garvey was "Mr. Clean" with the Dodgers, a person far more popular with the fans than with his teammates.

In 1974, Garvey became the first person to start an All-Star game as a write-in candidate. He also won the All-Star game and National League most valuable players awards that season.

Garvey had six 200-hit seasons with the Dodgers, was an eight-time All-Star and won four gold gloves. He left the team after the 1982 season and was signed as a free agent by the San Diego Padres.

On the all-time L.A. Dodgers list, Garvey ranks third in games (1,727), second in hits (1,968), third in homers (211), first in doubles (333), first in RBIs (992), sixth in batting average (.301), third in runs (852), is tied for eighth in triples (35) and is 10th in slugging percentage (.459).

-- Houston Mitchell

Previously:

No. 7: Orel Hershiser

No. 8: Fernando Valenzuela

No. 9: Mike Piazza

No. 10: Don Sutton

No. 11: Walter Alston

No. 12: Ron Cey

No. 13: Walter O'Malley

No. 14: Tommy Davis

No. 15: Kirk Gibson

Photo: Steve Garvey in 1978. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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Just six slots left. Who will fill them??? I guess that depends on how old the actual voters were. Unfortunately (for me) I was busy elsewhere when the actual voting took place so I didn't actually participate but for me at least there are a few more people worthy of slots than there are slots left. So who is it that will be left out. Let's see... There are a few shoe-ins... Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, then there is Roy Campanella, John Roseboro, Johnnie Padres, Duke Snider. But what about Davey Lopes, Muary Wills & Billy Russell? I suppose no list would be complete without the inevitable Tommy Lasorda (who I persoanlly don't think deserves to be ahead of Walter Alston). Someone is going to get left out and I suspect it's going to be the older guys.... the ones who blazed the trail in the beginning. I guess we'll see.

OK, down to final five. Since this is L.A. Dodgers and not Brooklyn, you won't be including Snider or Hodges or Campanella, which leaves us with the obvious player choices of Drysdale, Koufax and Wills. Since you've included managers, add Tommy Lasorda. Since you've included an owner, then why not a broadcaster, which means Vin Scully. And there you have it.

My final five prediction: No. 5 Maury Wills; No. 4. Don Drysdale; No. 3 Tommy Lasorda; No. 2 Sandy Koufax, and No. 1 Vin Scully.


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