September 3rd, 2012
After missing two games with the flu, first baseman Steve Garvey returned to the lineup on Sept. 3, 1975 and began his National League streak of 1,207 consecutive games, which ranks fourth all-time on the MLB list behind Cal Ripken Jr. (2,632), Lou Gehrig (2,130) and Everett Scott (1,307). Garvey played in 1,107 of the 1,207 games as a Dodger and 100 with the San Diego Padres. Garvey was the Dodgers’ Opening Day third baseman in 1970 and 1971, but his throwing errors made him a pinch-hitter by 1973. His Dodger career at the crossroads, Garvey’s big break occurred when outfielder Von Joshua broke his hand and manager Walter Alston asked Bill Buckner if he would switch from first base to left field. Buckner agreed and Garvey started his first game with infielders Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey on June 23. The quartet spent a record 8 1/2 seasons together through the 1981 World Series.