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May 1977; Los Angeles, CA, USA: FILE PHOTO; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Ron Cey at bat at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darryl Norenberg-US PRESSWIRE
May 1977; Los Angeles, CA, USA: FILE PHOTO; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Ron Cey at bat at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darryl Norenberg-US PRESSWIRE

Appropriately, the third entry in this now popular short series is about third base. Now, anyone who follows baseball, let alone the Dodgers, knows that third base is the home for the popular line from Abbott and Costello's best known comedy routine, Who's on First?

Ron Cey aptly anchored the hot corner on Opening Day from 1974 - 1982 for an LA Dodger Opening Day record 9 times.

Since then only Adrian Beltre (5) and Pedro Guerrero (3) have started more than twice on Opening Day. Juan Uribe will join Bill Madlock, Jeff Hamilton, Lenny Harris, Tim Wallach, Todd Zeile and Casey Blake as the players who have started twice.

Including Beltre's last start in 2004, Uribe is the seventh different third baseman to start at 3B on Opening Day, following Jose Valentin, Bill Mueller, Wilson Betemit, Blake DeWitt and Casey Blake. And since 2005 only Uribe, Blake DeWitt, Casey Blake and Mike Edwards have more than 250 PA while playing 3B in a single season.

Third base trivia: Beltre's 2004 season (163 OPS+) remains the top mark for an infielder in LA Dodger history. Both Cey and Zeile were members of quartets who hit 30 or more home runs in a single season (Cey in 1977 with Steve Garvey, Reggie Smith and Dusty Baker; Zeile with Mike Piazza, Eric Karros and Raul Mondesi). Todd Zeile's wife, Julianne McNamara was a Gold Medal winner in the 1984 Olympics on the Uneven Bars and won Silver Medals in Floor Exercise and as a member of the USA Women's Gymnastic's team.