The 1981 World Series tri-MVPs — Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager will be saluted at the annual Dodgers’ Old-Timers Day on July 2.
In that Fall Classic, Cey went 7 for 20 with a homer and three walks, Guerrero 7 for 21 with a double, triple, two homers and two walks, and Yeager 4 for 14 with two homers.
Cey’s biggest night was Game 3, when he hit a three-run homer in the first inning and started a double play with a diving catch of a bunt in foul territory in the eighth, backing a 40-batter complete game by Fernando Valenzuela in a 5-4 victory.
Guerrero and Yeager hit back-to-back, eighth-inning home runs off Ron Guidry to make a 2-1 winner of Jerry Reuss and the Dodgers in Game 5. In the Series finale, Guerrero singled, homered and tripled in the Dodgers’ 9-2 romp, making him the first player in 61 years to have all three of those hits in a World Series game.
Anyone else coming? Oh, you bet: Sandy Koufax, Tommy Lasorda, Don Newcombe, Tommy Davis, Maury Wills, Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser, Steve Garvey, Steve Sax, Bill Russell, Rick Monday, Nomar Garciaparra, Manny Mota, Al Ferrara, Shawn Green, Rick Honeycutt, Dave Roberts, Jerry Hairston Jr., Kevin Gross, Derrel Thomas, Mark Ellis, Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker, Jerry Royster, Kenny Lofton, Mickey Hatcher and Juan Castro are all scheduled to appear, with the tentative teams as follows:
Old-Timers batting practice will begin at 4 p.m., followed by introductions at 5 p.m. and then the two-inning game. At 7:10 p.m. will be the New-Timers game between the Dodgers and Rockies, with the first 40,000 in attendance receiving a tri-MVP bobblehead (presented by Security Benefit).
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit dodgers.com/oldtimersgame.
Karros might be doing a game for Fox that day.
I’m glad some of them are wise enough not to play, although I bet Lasorda STILL thinks he could get people out with his curve.
I’ll never forget being at sports bar, where my supervisor at my job allowed be to go, late in the game, on the last night of the ’81 World Series, since he knew I was a Dodger fan. There were more Dodger haters there than Yankee fans, mostly former Dodger fans, who mostly hated O’Malley.
I held my joy in, because I was afraid I’d be killed, but when I left I let out a few yells outside. Some people thought I was drunk—– or nuts. (lol)