Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

1976 Topps #660 - Dave Lopes



  • Davey Lopes had a 16-year career as a second baseman, mostly with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He's called "Davey" even though a lot of his cards say, "Dave." Lopes was drafted by the Dodgers in 1968 (Turn Back the Clock - The Dodgers Put Together the Greatest Draft in Baseball - September 2008 Baseball Digest) and didn't get into the majors until he was 27 years old in 1972 (.214 in 11 games). According to this card Davey was born in 1946 but his Baseball Reference entry says 1945.
  • Lopes became the starting second baseman for the Dodgers in 1973. Davey, along with teammate Ron Cey, finished tied for 6th in NL Rookie of the Year voting. Lopes batted .275 in 142 games in 1973. What Makes Davey Lopes Run? - March 1974 Baseball Digest
  • Davey batted .266 in 145 games in 1974 and stole 59 bases. Normally that many stolen bases would lead a league (or at least come close to it), but that was the year Lou Brock stole 118 bases. He stole five bases in one game on August 25. Lopes went 5 for 14 (.267) in the NLCS and was 2 for 18 (.111) in the World Series.
  • Lopes led the NL with 77 stolen bases in 1975 while batting .262 in 155 games. He set a record by stealing 38 bases in a row without being caught (the record has since been  broken by Vince Coleman).
  • Despite playing in only 117 games and batting .241, Lopes led the NL with 63 stolen bases in 1976. Davey had a pulled muscle in his rib cage that prevented him from playing until May 4.
  • Davey batted .283 with 11 home runs and stole 47  bases in 1977. Lopes batted .235 (4 for 17) in the NLCS and batted .167 (4 for 24) in the World Series.
  • Lopes made the first of four straight NL All Star teams in 1978 (he singled in a run in his only at bat). Dave also won his only Gold Glove in 1978 and batted .278 with 17 home runs. Lopes stole 45 bases and was caught only four times in 1978. Lopes batted .389 (7 for 18) in the NLCS and batted .308 (8 for 26) in the World Series. In game 1 of the 1978 World Series Lopes homered twice and had 5 RBI. Davey Lopes: Captain of the Dodgers - June 1978 Baseball Digest
  • Davey had a power surge in 1979 as he hit a career-high 28 home runs. Lopes batted .265 and also walked 97 times and stole 44 bases in 1979. Lopes was the starting second baseman in the All Star Game and went 1 for 3.
  • Lopes started to slow down a bit in 1980. He batted .251 with 10 HR in 1980. Dave was the starting second baseman in the All Star Game and grounded out in his only at bat.
  • Davey really struggled with the bat in 1981. He went on the disabled list in mid-May and when the strike started on June 11 Lopes was batting only .169. Lopes finished the season with a .206 average in 58 games. Lopes started at 2B for the NL in the 1981 All Star Game and walked in his only plate appearance. Davey went 5 for 20 (.200) in the NLDS, was 5 for 18 (.278) with five stolen bases in the NLCS, and went 5 for 22 (.227) with four stolen bases in the World Series.
  • After the 1981 season Lopes was traded to the Oakland A's for minor leaguer Lance Hudson to make room for rookie Steve Sax. The trade broke up the famous Dodger infield (Garvey/Lopes/Russell/Cey) that played together for  nine seasons. Who Elected The Dodgers' Davey Lopes A Villain? - January 1982 Baseball Digest.
  • Lopes batted .242 with 28 stolen bases for the A's in 1982. In 1983 Davey batted .277 with 17 HR and 22 stolen bases.  Davey Lopes: The Game I'll Never Forget - April 1982 Baseball Digest.
  • Davey started the 1984 season with the A's as a utilityman. He batted .257 in 57 games for the A's and was traded to the Chicago Cubs on August 31. Lopes batted .235 in 16 games for the Cubs in the last part of the 1984 season. He was 0 for 1 in the 1984 NLCS.
  • In 1985, at the age of 40, Lopes had a remarkable accomplishment. He stole 47 bases and was caught only four times. Davey batted .284 with 11 HR in 1985.
  • Lopes was with the Cubs for the first part of the 1986 season . He batted .299 in 59 games and was traded to the Houston Astros on July 21 for Frank DiPino. Davey batted .237 in 37 games for the Astros to finish the 1986 season. Lopes was 0 for 2 with a walk in the 1986 NLCS.
  • Before the 1987 season Lopes signed a contract (1 year plus an  option year) for $550,000. Not bad for a 42-year-old! Davey was hampered by a strained right elbow in 1987. He was mostly a pinch hitter in 1987 and batted .233 in 43 AB. The Astros didn't renew the option on Davey's contract and Lopes retired after the 1987 season.
  • After his playing career Lopes coached in the  majors, mostly for Texas, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia. Davey also had a 2+ year stint as  manager of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2000-2002. Lopes was given a lot of credit for the Philadelphia Phillies' success on the basepaths in the late 2000s as their first base coach.
  • Lopes was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008 and has made a successful recovery.
  • Davey Lopes Recalls His Big League Career - June 2009 Baseball Digest
  • Davey Lopes has recently been hired to coach first base for the Dodgers in 2011.
  • Liked to face: Tom Underwood (.529 in 17 AB); Dave Roberts (.471 in 34 AB); Clay Kirby (.462 in 26 AB)
  • Hated to face: Bob Welch/Jim Willoughby (.000 in 10 AB); Randy  Moffitt (.042 in 24 AB); Rollie Fingers (.063 in 16 AB)

5 comments:

  1. crap. does this mean you're done? or is the traded set next?

    great blog... I can't believe I'm STILL not done collecting this set. one day though....

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  2. Ditto to what Captain Canuck said. Hopefully, the traded set is to follow.
    If not, great job.

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  3. One of the best cards to end the set ever.

    As I remember correctly, there are quite a few more '76s that you plan to feature ...

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  4. This is one of my favorite cards of all time. The mustache is a work of art.

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