Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Lee Lacy

Here's Lee's 1981 Topps card. Career Stats (as of 1981): 1974 AB, 547 H, 41 HR, 211 RBI, .277 AVG. Born 4/10/48 in Longview, TX.

Lee (whose real name is Leondaus) was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers as their second pick in February 1969. He made it into the majors for his first time in '72. Lee was briefly the starting second baseman for the Dodgers until Davey Lopes took over. He was then relagated to work as a utility guy. Lee had a habit of finding himself on World Series teams. He made it there 3 times for the Dodgers in '74, '77 & 78 but he always walked away empty handed. However, Lee found his way back to the World Series in 1979 with the Pittsburgh Pirates where he signed as a free agent. This time Lee walked away with a World Series ring and was a contributor to one of the most memorable championship teams/FAMILY in World Series history. Maybe one of the reasons Lee appeared on so many World Series teams was his knack for coming through in the clutch. As a pinch-hitter Lee hit five home runs in 1978, including a major league record three in a row. The third coming on May 17, 1978 with the Dodgers against his future team the Pirates beating them 10-1.

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