The Outfield Equivalent of Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey

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Recently, I was thinking about the 1970s Dodgers infield of Davey Lopes, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey and Bill Russell.  They famously played together longer than any other infield foursome (833 games). It got me wondering what trio of outfielders started the most games together, both in specific outfield slots and as a general trio regardless of absolute position.

With assistance from the Retrosheet gamelogs, I was able to determine the following top ten trios through 2015 …

Most games started by the same threesome in the same outfield alignment:

LF CF RF GAMES
Ken Williams Baby Doll Jacobson Jack Tobin 556
George Bell Lloyd Moseby Jesse Barfield 552
Bob Skinner Bill Virdon Roberto Clemente 542
Al Simmons Mule Haas Bing Miller 465
Bobby Veach Ty Cobb Harry Heilmann 418
Charlie Keller Joe DiMaggio Tommy Henrich 394
Ted Williams Jim Piersall Jackie Jensen 390
Carlos Lee Michael Bourn Hunter Pence 387
Rickey Henderson Dwayne Murphy Tony Armas 386
Woody Jensen Lloyd Waner Paul Waner 386

Most games started by the same threesome, regardless of specific position in the outfield:

OF1 OF2 OF3 GAMES
Baby Doll Jacobson Jack Tobin Ken Williams 626
George Bell Jesse Barfield Lloyd Moseby 552
Bill Virdon Bob Skinner Roberto Clemente 542
Babe Ruth Bob Meusel Earle Combs 486
Al Simmons Bing Miller Mule Haas 465
Jackie Jensen Jim Piersall Ted Williams 449
Bobby Veach Harry Heilmann Ty Cobb 448
Charlie Keller Joe DiMaggio Tommy Henrich 394
Carlos Lee Hunter Pence Michael Bourn 387
Dwayne Murphy Rickey Henderson Tony Armas 386

The Williams-Tobin-Jacobson trio patrolled the outfield for the St. Louis Browns primarily from 1920 through 1924.

3 thoughts on “The Outfield Equivalent of Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey

  1. Would be interested in knowing the figures for the highest ranked ACTIVE trios on each of these lists (i.e. where all three are still teammates, potentially able to add to their totals)

    • Coming into 2016, the LF/CF/RF alignment with the most games played is Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton with 158, and the outfield trio (regardless of position) is Bryce Harper, Denard Span and Jayson Werth with 173 (with Yelich, Ozuna and Stanton next at 158).

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