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1973 Rookie Third Basemen – 1973 Topps #615

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Ronald Charles (Ron) Cey (born February 15, 1948 in Tacoma, Washington) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1971–82), Chicago Cubs (1983–86) and Oakland Athletics (1987). Cey batted and threw right-handed. A popular player, he was nicknamed “The Penguin” for his slow waddling running gait by his then-minor league manager Tommy Lasorda. Cey had a terrific 1981 World Series in which he helped spark the Dodgers to four straight victories after they had lost the first two games, including returning for the clinching Game 6 after having been being hit in the head by a Goose Gossage fastball during Game 5. Cey was named co-MVP along with Steve Yeager and Pedro Guerrero. He is still a part of the Dodgers’ organization and continues to make appearances on the team’s behalf.

John David “Skip” Hilton (born September 15, 1950 in Uvalde, Texas) is a former professional baseball player. He was picked in the 1971 Secondary Draft out of Rice University and played four seasons for the San Diego Padres. He also played three seasons in Japan for the Yakult Swallows and Hanshin Tigers. Hilton was primarily a third baseman, but played several games at second base. Dave Hilton is credited by famed Japanese author Haruki Murakami as having inspired him, at the age of 29, to become an author. Murakami had his epiphany as he saw Hilton hit a double, while watching a Yakult Swallows game in Japan.

Michael Jack Schmidt(born September 27, 1949) is a Hall of Fame third baseman popularly considered among the greatest third basemen in the history of Major League Baseball. He played his entire career for the Philadelphia Phillies. Injuries to Schmidt’s rotator cuff caused him to miss much of the 1988 season. After a poor start to the 1989 season, Schmidt suddenly chose to announce his retirement in San Diego, on May 29. Known as “Captain Cool” by many in Philadelphia sports circles, Schmidt surprised many with an emotional, and occasionally tearful, retirement speech. His last game was May 28, 1989, against the San Francisco Giants. Despite his poor start and subsequent retirement, fans again voted Schmidt to the NL All-Star team. He decided not to play, but he did participate in the game’s opening ceremony.

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