Ron Cey

Few players born in Tacoma have enjoyed a more productive Major League Baseball career than Ron Cey. Born Feb. 15, 1948, in Tacoma, Cey attended Mt. Tahoma High School, where he was a three-year varsity football, basketball and baseball letter winner to become the school’s first athlete to earn nine letters. He attended Washington State University, where Coach Bobo Brayton gave Cey his nickname "Penguin." After two years at WSU, he was a third-round selection by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1968 MLB draft.

Cey enjoyed a 17-year MLB career, most of that spent with the Dodgers, though he also played with the Chicago Cubs and the Oakland Athletics. Cey, a third baseman, and Dodgers teammates Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes and Bill Russell formed the most consistent infield in MLB history, playing together for more than eight seasons. He ranks among the top all-time third basemen with 316 home runs and 1,139 runs batted in. His fantastic 1977 season included 30 homers and 116 runs batted in, and he hit at least 20 homers during 10 different seasons. He was outstanding with the glove, setting the National League record for fewest errors by a third baseman with nine in 1979.

Cey earned MLB All-Star honors six times, played in four World Series and six league championship series. He was a World Series Co-Most Valuable Player with Los Angeles Dodgers teammate Steve Garvey in the Dodgers' 1981 World Series victory. He was picked to the all-time Dodgers team at third base.

Cey remained in southern California after retirement and in 1997 rejoined the Dodgers in the marketing/community affairs department. He also worked as a greeter for suite guests at Dodger Stadium and remained involved in charitable events in the community. He listed the 1979 All-Star Game in Seattle as one of his career highlights, as it gave him the opportunity to play in the Kingdome in front of his parents.