Saturday, August 20, 2011

On this day.... Davey Lopes

August, 20th, 1974. During a 18-8 rout of the Cubs in Wrigley Field, the Los Angeles Dodgers collect 24 hits and set a club record with 48 total bases.

The Dodgers were paced by second baseman Davey Lopes' three home runs, double and single. At the time, Lopes was only hitting .261 and had hit 3 total home runs for the season. His 15 total bases set an MLB record for a leadoff hitter. This was the first of two career five hit games for Lopes. His only other five hit game will come also at Wrigley Field 12 years later, expect this time as the leadoff hitter for Cubs.

The 1974 Dodgers would go on to win 102 games and capture the NL West by 4 games over the two time defending division champion Cincinnati Reds. They beat the Pirates in the NLCS but lost the World Series 4 games to 1 to Charlie Finley's Oakland dynasty. It was the third straight World Championship for the Athletics.


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