Garcia saw more and more action at shortstop with Baltimore from 1976 through 1979
as Mark Belanger's career began to wind down. He played 126 games for the '79 pennant
winners, then tied or set three ALCS chances and assists records at shortstop. An
hero in the Orioles' Game Three, 8-5 World Series victory over Pittsburgh,
he went 4-for-4, driving in four runs - three with a bases-loaded triple. He had
had only 24 RBI all season. Injuries sidelined him three times in 1980-82. He was
a utility man for the 1983 pennant-winning Phillies, but did not play in the WS against
his former Baltimore teammates.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»October 12, 1979: Kiko Garcia collects four hits and four RBI to lead the Orioles to an 8–4 triumph in game 3.