Mention “The Penguin” to any Dodgers fan and you’re sure to evoke not just memories of the beloved third baseman Ron Cey, but also of the glory years of modern Dodgers baseball, a rollicking run through the '70s and '80s highlighted by the loquacious Tommy Lasorda, Fernandomania, a historic infield anchored by Cey, and an unforgettable 1981 World Series title.
In Penguin Power: Dodger Blue, Hollywood Lights, and a One-in-a-Million Big League Journey, “The Penguin” Ron Cey and veteran Dodgers scribe Ken Gurnick take fans on an amazing ride from Cey’s formative years in the Pacific Northwest through his stardom on and off the field in Los Angeles and beyond.
As part of the longest running infield in MLB history, six-time All Star and 1981 co-World Series MVP Cey joined Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, and Bill Russell to help the Dodgers triumph after years of postseason heartbreak, and bring the first World Series back to Los Angeles since Sandy Koufax and the Boys of Summer of 1965.
Featuring charming stories from Cey’s time in a memorable clubhouse alongside Dodger legends Lasorda, Garvey, and Fernando Valenzuela, with Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrín in the booth, as well as tales of the life of a star during a magical time in Los Angeles, Penguin Power is a must-read for fans of an unforgettable era of Dodgers baseball.
About the Author
Ron Cey played in Major League Baseball as a third baseman from 1971 through 1987. He won four National League pennants and one World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was the 1981 World Series MVP.
Ken Gurnick spent nearly four decades on the Los Angeles Dodgers beat, from 1982 until his retirement in 2020. He covered the team for MLB.com for 20 seasons and previously wrote for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.
"From baseball to media, former Dodger Ron Cey has done it all." —NPR Los Angeles.
"Cey is an ideal candidate to chronicle the Los Angeles portion of the Dodgers’ history. He continued to work for the organization for more than 25 years after he retired, primarily on the business side. Kudos to Gurnick for putting the “pen” in 'Penguin.'" —Southern California News Group.
"Very good . . . . Any Los Angeles fan will enjoy reading this book." —The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books.
". . . accessible, honest, fair and thoughtful. He took ownership of things he could help fix and was a true team leader. All of that comes across in this book that allows him to be in the present and talk about all aspects of his playing and personal career, a narrative that was helped shape from longtime Dodgers’ beat-writer (now retired) Ken Gurnick." —Farther Off the Wall.
"Cey is an ideal candidate to chronicle the Los Angeles portion of the Dodgers’ history. He continued to work for the organization for more than 25 years after he retired, primarily on the business side. ...Kudos to Gurnick for putting the “pen” in 'Penguin.'" —Southern California News Group