The 15 greatest L.A. Dodgers of all time, No. 12: Ron Cey
Continuing our countdown of the 15 greatest L.A. Dodgers of all time, as voted on by our readers.
No. 12: Ron Cey (12,804 points)
The Dodgers made the World Series in 1974, 1977, 1978 and 1981, and it would be hard to find a player more responsible for that than Cey. Steve Garvey got most of the publicity (and MVP votes), but Cey's combination of power, walks (his lower batting averages masked one of the higher on-base percentages on the team each season) and defense made him a key member of the Dodgers.
Cey, however, will probably always be best known for his nickname "Penguin," given to him because of his unique running style (which was a result of his knees seemingly being the same distance from the ground as a 5-year-old's).
Traded to the Cubs before the 1983 season for Vance Lovelace, Cey led the Cubs to the 1984 playoffs too.
On the L.A. Dodgers' all-time list, Cey is sixth in games played (1,481), sixth in hits (1,378), second in homers (228), fifth in doubles (223), fourth in runs batted in (842), seventh in runs scored (715) and first in walks (765).
-- Houston Mitchell
No. 13: Walter O'Malley
No. 14: Tommy Davis
No. 15: Kirk Gibson
Photo: Ron Cey is greeted by Davey Lopes, left, and Reggie Smith, right, after homering in the 1978 World Series.