One of the leading third baseman during this era, Ray Knight was an aggressive fielder and batsman. He took over the starting job in 1979 after Pete Rose left the Cincinnati Reds and signed with the Phillies. Despite playing hurt all season with tendonitis in his left wrist, a sprained right ankle, stretched tendons, etc. that year Ray Knight hit .318 with 37 doubles and 10 homers in 150 games and helped the Reds win the NL West.
After hitting .264 and .259 the next two seasons he was traded to Houston prior to the 1982 season. With the Astros he hit .294 and .304 the first two years there. Traded to the Mets in mid-1984. After two sub-par years, he changed his batting stance from a low crouch to a more standing position as advised by Mets coach Bill Robinson, and Knight hit .298 with 38 extra base hits, and 76 RBIs in 1986 and was chosen the NL Comeback Player of the Year. His all-around play helped the Mets win the NL pennant and in the 1986 World Series vs the Red Sox he batted a robust .391 with a homer and 5 RBI. After Bill Buckner’s error let Ray Knight score the winning run in Game 6, Ray Knight lined a solo homer in the seventh inning of Game 7 to give the Mets a lead for good, as the Mets won the World Title. Ray Knight married golf star Nancy Lopez.