This Day in Dodger History -- Feb. 8, 1982

The Dodgers traded second baseman Davey Lopes to Oakland on February 8, 1982, ending the infield's record-breaking of Lopes at second, Bill Russell at short, Steve Garvey at first and Ron Cey at third. They played as a unit from 1973 through the World Series of 1981, setting a major league record and then the quartet was scattered.

After Lopes was traded for second baseman Lance Hudson, who would never play a major league inning, Steve Garvey became a free agent when a contract could not be agreed upon. Ron Cey played the 1982 season, then was traded to the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Lance Lovelace and minor league outfielder Dan Cataline.

When the dust has cleared, none of the players received by trade would play for the Dodgers, with Lovelace being drafted by the California Angeles and also playing with Seattle. However, he would later scout for the Dodgers starting in 2001 and in 2006 he was promoted to special assistant to the General Manager.

While the four played in the same gave for the first time in 1972, Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey actually started together as an infield for the first time in the second game of a doubleheader June 23, 1973.

They erased the Major League record set by the Chicago White Sox almost 100 years earlier (1883-89) as well as the club record set by the Brooklyn Dodgers infield of Gil Hodges, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese and Billy Cox, who played together from 1948-53 before being broken up by the arrival of Jim Gilliam.

During the Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey infield's nine years together, they were instrumental in winning four National League pennants (1974, 1977, 1978 and 1981), winning the World Championship in 1981. They finished second in their division in 1973, 1975 and 1976, and tied for the division title in 1980. Only in 1979 did they finish below second place.

The four led the Los Angeles list of career games played by position: Garvey 1672. Lopes 1150, Russell 1747 and Cey 1468. Between them they were selected to the All-Star squad 21 times -- Garvey 8, Cey 6, Lopes 4, Russell 3 -- and the club record book is dotted with their names.

All four of the players came up through the Dodgers minor league system, although they never played together during their time in the minors.

Russell and Garvey arrived in 1969, with Russell playing in the outfield and Garvey pinch-hitting. In 1970, Russell played briefly in the outfield and Garvey filled in at third and second base. Russell converted to shortstop in 1971, playing some second and outfield too, and Garvey played part-time at third with Cey making his appearance in the show with one game at third.

Russell became the regular shortstop in 1972 and Garvey started at third base but after 85 games he had made a league-leading 26 errors, most of them throwing errors because a football injury to his shoulder. Cey played 11 games at third and Lopes appear to play in 11 games at second.

The Dodgers' 1972 infield included Wes Parker, Bill Buckner, Terry McDermott and Garvey at first; Lee Lacy, Bobby Valentine, Jim Lefebvre, Bill Grabarkewitz and Lopes at second; Russell, Valentine, Maury Wills and Grabarkewitz at third and Garvey, Valentine, Wills, Lefebvre, Grabarkewitz and Cey at third.

But that all turned around in 1973. Parker retired and Buckner came in from the outfield to first base. Lacy started the season at second but Lopes deposed him and when Garvey moved Buckner into the outfield again, June 13, 1973, the record infield started together for the first time.

They continued through the 1981 season.

Garvey would play every game from 1976 through 1982 and finish his Dodger career with a National League record 1,107 consecutive games, a record he extended while with San Diego. With Los Angeles, he played inn 1,395 of his final 1, 402 games.

Russell missed 2 1/2 months in 1975 due to a broken hand and a sprained ankle.

Lopes went on the disabled list at the start of the 1976 season and played only 100 games at second with another 19 in the outfield.

The four batted 1-2-3-4 in their final games, the sixth game of the 1981 season. They combined for six hits, four runs and knocked in a pair as the Dodgers clinched the World Title with a 9-2 win over the New York Yankees.

In the 1981 season, their final year as a unit, Russell had suffered with bone spurs in his wrist and a broken foot. Cey had his forearm fractured by a pitch in the World Series and Lopes was limited to 55 game by various injuries, including a severely sprained ankle.

Lopes was the first to go on this day in 1982. Garvey left after the 1982 season and signed with San Diego, leading them to a World Series. Cey was traded in 1983. Russell played through the 1983 season, returned to become a Dodger coach and then manager before being removed in 1998, along with a large number of other players, coaches and front office personnel by a pogrom under the direction of News Corp (FOX), who had purchased the club from Peter O'Malley.

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