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Ron Cey owned World Penguin Day

The longtime Dodgers third baseman hit .357/.491/.595 on April 25.

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It’s April 25, which is World Penguin Day, coinciding with the annual migration north by Adelie penguins in Antarctica. I guess that makes sense, though I might have chosen February 15 for World Penguin Day.

That, after all, is Ron Cey’s birthday. Cey earned the nickname from Bobo Brayton, his coach at Washington State, for his waddling running style, and it stuck well after he was drafted by the Dodgers.

Cey excelled on April 25 throughout his career, especially with the Dodgers. He had at least one hit on every April 25 in each of his last seven seasons with the Dodgers (1976-82), including four consecutive multi-hit games from 1976-79.

It’s no surprise Cey’s best April 25 came in 1977, the month he set major league records for most home runs (9) and RBI (29) before May 1, made more impressive since the Dodgers’ season didn’t begin until April 7. On World Penguin Day that year, Cey homered twice in his first two at-bats against reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones in San Diego, who then intentionally walked Cey in the fifth inning.

Cey played in 13 games on April 25 in his career, from 1973-87, and the only two years he was on an active roster and didn’t play (1983, 1985) was because the Cubs had a scheduled off day. Cey in those games was 15 for 42 with three home runs, eight RBI, nine runs scored, a double, 10 walks, and a hit by pitch, hitting .357/.491/.595.

With the Dodgers, in 10 games on April 25 (1973-82) Cey hit .400/.523/.714. World Penguin Day, indeed.