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Next Stop for Garvey: Third Base

March 26, 2010 | 10:06 am

March 26, 1970, Dodgers

March 26, 1970: Finding a third baseman was the story of the spring for the Dodgers, who believed they discovered a long-term answer in Steve Garvey.

"We can hardly keep Garvey's bat out of the lineup," a Dodger executive told The Times on March 25. It's hard to dispute that, although one wonders why the reporter couldn't get the source to say something so obvious on the record.

March 26, 1970, Dodgers

March 26, 1970, Dodgers

March 26, 1970, Dodgers

Garvey's starting status merited a profile by The Times' Ross Newhan, which included the stories Dodger fans have heard for years—the Michigan State football player whose father used to drive the Dodgers during spring training.

Writes Newhan: "Garvey sits at dinner, a poised, articulate young man whose only acquiescence to the Age of Aquarius is a wide-lapeled, deep blue double-breasted sports coat."  What a hippie.

Also evident was the Garvey confidence. "I have seen nothing this spring that would indicate I can't adjust to major league pitching," he said.

Of course, he couldn't adjust to those throws from third base.

--Keith Thursby