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Davey Lopes

Davey Lopes

Position(s):
2B, 3B, CF, OF, RF, SS, DH, LF
Born:
May 3, 1945
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 9"
Weight:
170 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-22-1972 with LAN
Allstar Selections:
1978 GG

Davey Lopes

Davey Lopes

After a late start, Davey Lopes starred as the second baseman in the famous 1970s Los Angeles Dodgers' infield, adding a nice blend of speed and power. Used in the leadoff role most of his career, he was one of the best base stealers of all-time, retiring with more than 550 swipes at a success rate of 83%. When Steve Sax came along, the Dodgers discarded Lopes but he stayed in the majors for six more years, stealing 47 bases at the age of 39.

Career Batting Stats
G AB H R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OBP OPS OPS+
1812 6354 1671 1023 155 614 557 .263 .388 .349 .737 104.7

Teams Davey Lopes Managed

Milwaukee Brewers (2000-2002)

 

Where does Davey Lopes rank among baseball greats?

Davey Lopes ranks among the Top 50 all-time at 2B. Rankings
 

Davey Lopes All Time Teammates:

 

Best Season: 1979
With third baseman Ron Cey having one of his best seasons, and Lopes having a power-packed year, it's a wonder the Dodgers failed to win their third straight division crown. Lopes hit 28 homers, which was 11 more than he would ever hit in any other year. He also stole 44 bases in 48 tries.

 

Factoids
Davey Lopes rarely wore batting gloves during his career, but he almost always put on gloves when he reached base.

In the span of a week in 1974, Davey Lopes showed how multi-faceted he was offensively. On August 20, he hit three homers against the Cubs in Wrigley. On August 24, he stole five bases against the Cardinals in St. Louis, tying a major league record.

At the age of 39 and 40, Davey Lopes stole 47 and 25 bases respectively - both are major league records for a player that age.

Most Game-Ending Grand Slams
Alex Rodriguez... 3
Vern Stephens... 3
Cy Williams... 3
Bob Aspromonte... 2
Albert Belle... 2
Bobby Bonds... 2
Steve Finley... 2
Ruppert Jones... 2
Ralph Kiner... 2
Davey Lopes... 2
Mark McGwire... 2
Jim Presley... 2
Nomar Garciaparra... 2
David Eckstein... 2

Where He Played
On June 23, 1973, in the second game of a doubleheader, the Dodgers played Steve Garvey at first base, Lopes at second, Bill Russell at shortstop and Ron Cey at third base for the first time. Eight years later the quartet fueled the "Big Blue Wrecking Crew" to the World Series championship. In between, Los Angeles won more than 60% of it's games and made the post-season four times.

Born
David Earl Lopes was born on May 3, 1945, in East Providence, RI.

 

Batted:  Right
Threw:  Right

 

College:  Washburn

Major League Debut
September 22,1972

Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1972
Dwight Evans
Buddy Bell
Mike Schmidt
Bob Boone
Gary Matthews
Davey Lopes
Goose Gossage
Rick Reuschel
Garry Maddox


Related Players
Steve Garvey, Bill Russell and Ron Cey, Steve Sax, Joe Morgan

 

Hall of Fame Voting
Year Election Votes Pct
1993 BBWAA 2 .5%

Post-Season Appearances
1974 National League Championship Series
1974 World Series
1977 National League Championship Series
1977 World Series
1978 National League Championship Series
1978 World Series
1981 National League Division Playoffs
1981 World Series
1981 National League Championship Series
1984 National League Championship Series
1986 National League Championship Series

 

Post-Season Notes
In Game One of the 1978 World Series against the Yankees, in Dodger Stadium, Lopes had his biggest game. He blasted two homers and drove in five runs in LA's 11-5 victory.

Awards and Honors
1978 NL Gold Glove

 

Feats
In 1975, Lopes stole 38 bases in a row without being caught, setting a major league record.

Batting Feats

  • August 20, 1974: 15 Total Bases...

Notes
With the A's in 1982, Lopes teamed with Rickey Henderson to steal 158 bases, a new record for teammates. Henderson got 130 bags, Lopes nabbed 28.

 

Hitting Streaks
18 games (1979)
15 games (1980)

All-Star Selections
1978 NL
1979 NL
1980 NL
1981 NL

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1981 World Series, Bill Russell, Chicago Cubs, Davey Lopes, Gold Glove, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey

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