Saturday, July 29, 2017

1983: Steve Garvey streak ended at 1,207




On this day in 1983, the LA Dodgers were scheduled to play a double header with the Braves.   During the first game, Steve Garvey suffered a dislocated thumb.   He did not play in the second game and his streak of consecutive games ended.

This is what happened:

Garvey was injured attempting to score on a wild pitch by the Braves' Pascual Perez. He was out easily as he tried to beat the throw from the catcher Bruce Benedict to Perez, who was covering the plate.
''Once I slid and was tagged, I felt the thumb go numb,'' Garvey said. ''I knew there was something wrong.'' Garvey was replaced by Kurt Bevacqua. The Braves won the game, 2-1, on Jerry Royster's two-out run-scoring double in the eighth. Garvey, who is 34 years old, signed a five-year, $6.6 million contract as a free agent last December after starring for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 12 years. He broke the previous National League record of 1,117 games held by Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs on April 16 in his first game back at Dodger Stadium as a member of the Padres.
Garvey had not missed a game since Sept. 2, 1975, when the Dodgers played San Francisco. 
Garvey was traded to San Diego at the end of the 1983 season and played in the 1984 World Series.    

He had a great career:   .294 batting average, 2,599 hits, 272 HR & 1,308 RBI.    Garvey was the 1974 NL MVP and came in second in the 1978 vote.

Great player!    Who knows how long his streak would have gone without that unfortunate injury?




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