Time to go and add Los Angeles Dodgers speedster Davey Lopes to my long-running “Dedicated Rookies” thread, with a 1973 example to compliment his multi-player rookie card in the 1973 Topps set:
Lopes appeared in 11 games for the Dodgers in 1972, coming up along-side
other future All-Stars Ron Cey, Steve Garvey and Bill Russell to give
the organization a rock-solid foundation for years to come.
Lopes would go on to become a four-time All-Star who would lead the
league in stolen bases twice while topping 1000 runs scored, 550 stolen
bases and even hit 155 home runs, helping the Dodgers reach four World
Series, winning it all in 1981.
By the time he retired after the 1987 season, he finished with a .263
batting average, collecting 1671 hits over 6354 at-bats and 1812 games.