Dodgers vs Reds | Garvey vs Perez | Ep 34

Dodgers vs Reds | His manager, Sparky Anderson, said he was the “heart and soul” of the team. No small matter since that team was Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine of the 1970’s.

Dodgers vs Reds | The Players

Tony Perez

Tony Perez was that player and his plaque can be found in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Perez took home two World Series rings with the Reds in the four World Series appearances by that team. He put together an amazing seven seasons in which he drove in at least 100 runs.

During those years, the rivalry for the NL West’s top spot saw the Reds and Dodgers battle year after year.

Steve Garvey

On the Dodger side, Steve Garvey was at first base as part of the longest running infield in history. With Ron Cey, Bill Russell and Davey Lopes, Garvey anchored first for a team that went head-to-head with the Reds for postseason honors.

Garvey is a 10-time All-Star with 4 Gold Gloves and a NL MVP award in 1974. In 55 postseason games he posted a .338 average, including hitting .319 in 28 World Series games.

Two outstanding MLB veterans, two high-powered teams and two sides to the story of the Dodgers/Reds race for the ring in an ongoing battle of the 70’s.

Here is the story of that rivalry in the words of two of baseball’s best – Tony Perez and Steve Garvey.

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