Steve Garvey
American professional baseball player, first baseman
Steve Garvey
Steven Patrick Garvey, nicknamed "Mr. Clean" because of the squeaky clean image he held throughout his career in baseball, is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and current Southern California businessman. Garvey was the 1974 NL MVP, 10-time All-Star, and holds the National League record for consecutive games played (1,207).
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Vin Scully's Retirement Leaves Gaping Hole For Dodgers In SoCal
Huffington Post - 5 months
By: Leigh Steinberg ORIGINAL POST on The most universally loved, trusted, and respected person in Southern California is not a political, religious, or entertainment figure. The most dominant, unifying individual in this vast geographical and population region is Broadcaster Vin Scully, who is retiring next weekend after 67 years with the Dodgers. He is by far the chief asset of the Dodgers organization. The most personal link that fans in greater Los Angeles have with the beloved Dodgers, is their esteemed broadcaster. To maintain market dominance, the Dodgers organization will have to work zealously. Vin Scully is irreplaceable--if his replacement is a typical play by play broadcaster, Dodgers popularity and revenue will suffer. When the Dodgers left Brooklyn to move to Los Angeles in 1958, it was Vin Scully's voice which introduced the new team to Southern California. As a boy, I listened to him day after day, often falling asleep with my transistor radio on the ...
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The Hilton Chronicles: Seven Strikes And You're Out
Huffington Post - 6 months
Former Dodger great Steve Garvey had a lifetime batting average of .294 with 2599 hits. He also struck out 1003 times. While his hits consisted of a blend of singles, doubles, triples and home runs, each one of his K's consisted of three strikes. For not one solitary strike out was he given seven strikes. Yet Steve Garvey's namesake, Hilton PR flack Marie Garvey, evidently doesn't think even after seven strikes that you're out. Marie Garvey also happens to be the spokesperson for the absurdly named, "LA Angels of Anaheim," so that may well explain her disconnect from orderly baseball etiquette and rules. To wit: in a recent Hilton ad and e-blast, the Hilton lists seven points as to why you (if you're a Beverly Hills voter) should vote for the Hilton Condominium Tower Initiative (aka the Hilton Skyscraper Initiative), Measure HH. Yet each of the seven points made by the Hilton contains serious factual errors. Seven untruths. Seven whiffs. If it were Clayton Kershaw pitc ...
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Was Black Friday In Los Angeles Worth The Effort?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Los Angeles on Friday was torn into two camps. One would bask in a Thanksgiving turkey glow. The other would head out into a cool drizzle to join the Black Friday shopping frenzy, as it was the shoppers who scored early holiday bargains. "Smokin' deal, 30 percent off -- definitely glad I'm here," said a beaming Brian Rodriguez, 33, of Northridge, co-owner of Apsir General Construction, pushing an arc welder bought from a Black Friday sale at Harbor Freight Tools in Woodland Hills, which typically caters to men. "Decent deal," said Lori Kaelker, 56, of Canoga Park, who runs Serenity Place cat rescue, gloating over a 60 percent discount on fleece blankets at Joann Fabrics & Crafts next door, which largely brings in women. "The cats will be happy." Across the region and the U.S., retailers hoping to cash in on the Christmas rush discounted goods for an event that has come to be known as Black Friday -- post-Thanksgiving sales that have crept backward well into Turkey Day Thursda ...
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The Hall of Fame Expansion Era Ballot
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As part of the increasingly complicated Hall of Fame selection process, there are five players on the expansion era ballot-Davey Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Dave Parker and Dan Quisenberry. There is an additional candidate, Joe Torre who is on the ballot as both a manager and a player. Torre stands out from the rest of these players because in addition to having a borderline Hall of Fame Career as a player, Torre also has four World Series victories as the manager of the New York Yankees from 1996-2000. It is therefore very likely that Torre will be elected, deservedly, based on his performance as a player and a manager. The other five are very interesting cases. From the period from roughly 1970-1985, they were all excellent players and frequent All Stars who played in a lot of post-seasons. There is also a strong narrative for each of these players. John was a solid pitcher for a long time who had a surgery named for him. Concepcion was one of the best shortstops of his er ...
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Torre, La Russa, Cox among Hall Expansion Era eligibles
Fox News - over 3 years
New York, NY ( - Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox, three of the five winningest managers in Major League Baseball history, headline a list of 12 men included on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot that will be voted on in December by the Expansion Era Veterans Committee.Former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and one-time Yankees skipper Billy Martin are also on the list of eligibles released Monday, along with ex- players Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Dave Parker, Dan Quisenberry and Ted Simmons and former Players Association executive director Marvin Miller
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Dodgers hold out on deal for manager Mattingly
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Even as the Dodgers went on a 42-8 run, made the playoffs and knocked off Atlanta in the Division Series, he still hasn't been granted a contract extension. [...] he's up against Mike Matheny, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, one of the greatest hitters in postseason history (Carlos Beltran) and the rest of the brainy St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. [...] not a soul remembers it. Enos "Country" Slaughter sliding into second baseman Jackie Robinson, the aging Stan Musial facing the ascending Sandy Koufax, Keith Hernandez and Steve Garvey holding down the first-base spots, and Tommy Lasorda letting Tom Niedenfuer pitch to Jack Clark. A single pitch - David Freese's two-run homer off a hanging curve - made the difference.
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What Does Carlos Beltran's Great Post-Season Play Mean?
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Veteran St. Louis Cardinal slugger Carlos Beltran is, by almost any measure, one of the greatest post-season hitters in baseball history. In 168 plate appearances he has an OPS of 1.247. In more conventional terms, he has hit .355 with 16 home runs in post-season play. These numbers are particularly relevant for Beltran who is likely to be a borderline Hall of Fame candidate. He has been an excellent player, but suffers from having played for several teams in mostly medium and small markets. The exception to this is Beltran's six and a half seasons with the New York Mets. However, most Mets fans remember Beltran not for his strong play during those years, but for looking at strike three for the last out of the 2006 NLCS. Beltran also is a player who is very good at many things, but not among the very best at any. Those types of players also tend to underperform in Hall of Fame voting. Supporters of Beltran will argue that his post-season performance should inform his candidacy. That n ...
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Former Dodger Steve Garvey says he is 'virtually clear' of cancer
LATimes - over 3 years
Former Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey, who led the team to three World Series appearances, said Monday that his prostate cancer surgery has been successful.
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Plenty of baseball calls worthy of replay
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Baseball is in the final stage of regular-season games before technology takes over and the game and its strategies change forever. Expanded replay - as in, massively expanded replay - begins with Opening Day in 2014 with managers able to challenge an umpire's call once in the first six innings and twice afterward. Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford said he believes the hardest call by an umpire is the pickoff play because it's almost always close and the play can be unexpected, possibly throwing an umpire for a loop. Crawford cited a recent Red Sox-Rays game in which umpire Jerry Meals called Boston's Daniel Nava out at the plate even though he clearly slid under catcher Jose Molina's tag, according to replays. Because if he wins an appeal, he retains the challenge. Giants manager Bruce Bochy agrees the play at the plate will get challenged a lot and mentioned Buster Posey's memorable swipe tag that caught Prince Fielder in Game 2 of last year's World Series. Ed Montague, a forme ...
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Nancy Doyle Palmer: In Let Them Wear Towels, Women Journalists Wear Big Girl Pants
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Let Them Wear Towels -- the third of nine documentaries in the eclectic ESPN Nine for IX series about women in sports that airs on July 16 -- isn't really about female athletes at all, rather it's about the female journalists who won the right to compete with their male colleagues to cover the story in the locker room. This measured and smart look back at the struggle for equality and access to every room in the stadium echoes scenes from this summer's Jackie Robinson movie 42 - only this time, there is a little crying in baseball. Inspired by the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the series presents stories of women who played hard to win something -- equality, respect, acceptance or just first place -- all against the backdrop of the seismic social changes for women in the last 40 years. Each story is different, but the outrage, the struggle and always, the admiration for just how awesome women are is steady throughout. Whether it's Coach Vivian Stringer taking on Imus aft ...
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Dodgers' infield of the 1970s had a lasting impact
LATimes - over 3 years
Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes and Bill Russell played together more than eight years, a big league record. They didn't always get along but they look back fondly. The infielders trotted gingerly onto the diamond, Dodger Stadium suddenly taking on a 1970s vibe.     
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Is Metallica Getting Into The Sports Game?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
SAN FRANCISCO -- Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo sure could get used to this: a tour of sorts, with stops at the Bay Area's professional and college sporting venues. Or even some travel to ballparks and arenas beyond Northern California. AT&T Park was a nice start Friday night as the reigning World Series champion Giants hosted the rival Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time this year. "What's special about this is you can actually merge the two worlds together," Trujillo said. "I feel that music is such an inspirational form of energy, as baseball is. And especially with Metallica, believe it or not, our shows are very physical. Sports is a very physical thing, too." Whether Trujillo's idea really takes off, time will tell – though he is already hoping for an Oakland Raiders game across the bay down the road. "We'll see, maybe the Raiders are around the corner, you never know," Trujillo said. "I think we could be starting something here. Maybe this t ...
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for July 11, 2012 from Len Berman at 1. Quick Hits The National League, led by the San Francisco Giants trio of Matt Cain, Pablo Sandoval and game MVP Melky Cabrera wins the 83rd All-Star Game 8-0. The L.A Clippers signed Blake Griffin to a five-year contract extension that could be worth $95 million. Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said Reggie Jackson wasn't banned by the Yankees, and he could be back with the team as early as Friday. 2. All Stars There's lots of stuff you can debate about the All-Star Game. Should the National League have home field in this year's World Series based on last night's win of an exhibition game? How about Giants fans stuffing the ballot box to have Pablo Sandoval start at third instead of David Wright of the Mets? I guess they knew what they were doing. Sandoval with the first bases loaded triple in All-Star history. But you can't argue about the game. If a foot ...
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Dodgers Report Strong Ticket Sales for Bobblehead Giveaways
Venice Patch - almost 5 years
A crowd of more than 50,000, the largest since opening day, is expected Saturday night at Dodger Stadium when the Los Angeles Dodgers begin their 10-game Dodger Stadium Greats Bobblehead Series. Ticket packages covering all 10 games of the series, which is part of the team's celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium, "are literally flying off the shelves," the Dodgers' senior director of ticket sales, David Siegel, told City News Service. The first 50,000 fans entering Dodger Stadium for Saturday's game against the Washington Nationals will receive a bobblehead depicting Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale and Maury Wills, the 1962 National League Most Valuable Player. The series also includes the first bobbleheads depicting the team's legendary announcer Vin Scully and Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax and the first "quad bobble" of the team's record-setting infield of the 1970s -- Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey, Siegel said. "This is probabl ...
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After 24 years of reporting, SF Giants beat writer still loves the game
Peninsula Press - almost 5 years
Henry Schulman, the Giants beat reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, has been covering baseball since 1988. (Image courtesy of reporting1blog) Henry Schulman, rookie, waited in the corner of the locker room. It was 1988, his first week as the Oakland Tribune’s new beat writer. Before him stood the San Francisco Giants, in name and reputation. He ran his questions through in his mind, assessing each word, fearful he might prompt negative reaction. But no matter what he did, he seemed to annoy someone. “I was asking questions the wrong way because I didn’t know how to do it,” he recalled. “I didn’t have any experience, and I was just ticking off ball players right and left.” As he waited, Giants’ leftfielder Jeffrey Leonard stalked toward him. The six-foot-two, 200-pound Leonard pointed at Schulman. The rookie beat writer’s heart pounded in his chest. Leonard yelled over to catcher Bob Brenly, “Is this the guy?” Brenly turned and stared at Schulman, saying, “Yeah, ...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: TODD ZEILE - Bleeding Yankee Blue (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
I was a Dodger fan, so I watched them as a kid, and admired Steve Garvey, and emulated his hitting approach. However, I was also a catcher, and Johnny Bench was the best, so I was a little conflicted. BYB: How about during your career, what player did
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And The Beat Goes On: Sept. 18th - Baseball Time in Arlington
Google News - over 5 years
Michael Young is two hits away from achieving his sixth 200-hit season, which would give him as many 200-hit seasons as Steve Garvey, Stan Musial, Bill Terry, Al Simmons, George Sisler, and Sam Rice. Five of those six names are enshrined in Cooperstown
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Steve Garvey
  • 2014
    Age 65
    His baseball jersey number 10 was retired from Michigan State University in 2014, he was named Michigan State Baseball Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2009, and he was inducted into the Michigan State University Hall of Fame in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Garvey was featured in the LA Times as one of the three Spartan athletes that have helped Los Angeles professional sports teams win a combined seven world championships.
  • 2012
    Age 63
    In the fall of 2012, Garvey underwent an operation to treat prostate cancer, and continues to raise awareness for diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
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    Garvey subsequently put together a group, that also included fellow former Dodger Orel Hershiser, that became involved in the bidding process for the Dodgers when the team was later put up for sale in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details His group did not make it past the first round of the bidding. Garvey, who made over $10 million in his career only to go broke afterwards, currently serves as a member of the board of the Baseball Assistance Team, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping former Major League, Minor League, and Negro League players through financial and medical hardships. He currently resides in Los Angeles and Palm Desert, California. Garvey, known as "Mr. Clean", seemingly had a "clean" personal life during his early playing days. Manager Tommy Lasorda once commented, "If he ever came to date my daughter, I'd lock the door and not let him out." In the mid to late-1980s, however, Garvey engaged in a series of over-lapping relationships.
  • 1989
    Age 40
    He and Candace Thomas married in February 1989, and had three children, Ryan, Olivia, and Sean.
    More Details Hide Details The Garveys remain married and still reside in Southern California.
    In January 1989, Garvey also became engaged to Candace Thomas, whom he met at a benefit for the Special Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details He broke the engagement with Mendenhall in a phone call the night of January 23, within hours of learning she was pregnant. Their only child, Slade, was born October 13, 1989. Over the next few weeks, Garvey and Thomas began a whirlwind courtship that included trips to the inauguration of President George H.W. Bush and the Super Bowl. When these details became public, Garvey's post-baseball political ambitions were widely seen to have disappeared under the weight of two illegitimate children. Garvey, in the midst of what he later termed a "midlife disaster", sued Cyndy, his ex-wife, for access to his two children. His daughters testified in court they did not love their father and did not wish to see him. Cyndy Garvey was handcuffed and jailed, based on 167 counts of contempt. Under the shadow of multiple lawsuits and damage to his reputation, Garvey lost business opportunities, declared himself broke, and found himself paying half his monthly television earnings in child support, and millions in legal fees.
  • 1988
    Age 39
    Although Moulton was pregnant with his child, Garvey proposed to Rebecka Mendenhall, who was unaware of Moulton, in November 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Garvey and Mendenhall had been in a relationship since August 1986. He claimed to have asked her to become engaged because of what he termed her "ultimatum" to move on.
    Garvey discovered in July 1988 that Cheryl Moulton was pregnant with his child, Ashleigh, a pregnancy Garvey subsequently claimed was intentional on Moulton's part, but without his "consent."
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  • 1984
    Age 35
    His number was displayed at the site of his 1984 NLCS home run in right field at Qualcomm Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details In 1981, Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig included him in their book The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time. Garvey, a Republican who harbored political ambitions after baseball, earned the nickname "Senator" from teammates. Those aspirations diminished after the public learned embarrassing details of his personal life. Also, starting in the mid-1980s he began the Steve Garvey celebrity Blue Marlin tournament, as well as the Steve Garvey celebrity skiing challenge. These were featured on ESPN co-hosted with wife Candace Garvey starting in 1989. Since 1988, he has been running Garvey Communications mainly involved in television production including infomercials. He is also the host of Baseball's Greatest Games. In addition he is hired out to do motivational speaking, mainly for corporations. Garvey spent 15 years in the Community Affairs department for the Dodgers, where he was a greeter for VIP season ticket holders and a consultant for community relations. He was fired by the team on July 8, 2011 after some public comments he made critical of Dodger owner Frank McCourt and his involvement in a group trying to take over ownership of the team.
    It was Garvey's second season in San Diego, however, that would provide his highlight in a Padres uniform. Led by Garvey, winning his second National League Championship Series MVP award, the Padres won their first National League pennant over the Chicago Cubs in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Game 4, "the best game of the series, and one of the best games in memory", provided a particularly notable effort by Garvey. His hot bat provided excellent insurance for the top of the order, including future Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who drew an intentional walk that Garvey converted into one of his four crucial RBI. After supplying critical hits in the third, fifth, and seventh innings, Garvey capped off his efforts with a two-run walk-off home run off future all-time saves leader Lee Smith in the ninth inning. As he rounded third base, Garvey, who after the game would be compared by teammates to fictional baseball hero Roy Hobbs, was met by fellow Padres who later carried him off the field in celebration. Following the 7–5 Padres victory, grateful fans thronged against stadium barricades chanting Garvey's name. Garvey, about to play in his fifth World Series, called the experience "the greatest playoffs I've ever seen."
  • 1983
    Age 34
    The couple divorced in 1983.
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  • 1982
    Age 33
    In December 1982 Garvey signed with the Padres for $6.6 million over five years in what some felt was a "masterstroke" to General Manager Jack McKeon's effort to rebuild the team.
    More Details Hide Details Though San Diego had vastly outbid the Dodgers, McKeon particularly noted Garvey's value in providing a role model for younger players. Additionally, Garvey's "box office appeal"—his impending departure from the Dodgers provoked some Girl Scouts to picket the stadium—helped San Diego increase its season ticket sales by 6,000 seats in Garvey's first year. Sports Illustrated ranked the signing as the fifteenth best free agent signing ever as of 2008. His first season in San Diego allowed him to break the National League's record for consecutive games played, a feat that landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated as baseball's "Iron Man." (In an unusual homecoming, Garvey tied the record in his first appearance back at Dodger Stadium in Padre gold.)
  • 1981
    Age 32
    He also won the 1981 Roberto Clemente Award, finished in the top 10 in the NL MVP Award voting five times and won four straight Gold Glove Awards from 1974–1977.
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  • 1978
    Age 29
    In the 1978 National League Championship Series, which the Dodgers won over the Philadelphia Phillies, Garvey hit four home runs, and added a triple for five extra base hits, both marks tying Bob Robertson's 1971 NLCS record and earning him the League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award; Jeffrey Leonard would tie the NLCS home run record in the 1987 NLCS.
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  • 1974
    Age 25
    He was selected to eight All-Star Games, and won the All-Star Game MVP Award for the 1974 and 1978 games.
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    Garvey is one of only two players to have started an All-Star Game as a write-in vote, doing so in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details That year he won the NL MVP award, and had the first of six 200-hit seasons. Only 15 players in all of Major League Baseball history have had six or more 200 hit seasons (as of the end of 2010).
  • 1973
    Age 24
    He moved to first base in 1973 after the retirement of Wes Parker.
    More Details Hide Details Garvey was part of the most enduring infield in baseball history along with third baseman Ron Cey, shortstop Bill Russell and second baseman Davey Lopes. The four infielders stayed together as the Dodgers' starters for eight and a half years.
  • 1971
    Age 22
    At the age of 22, Garvey married Cynthia Truhan" in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details They had two children, Krisha and Whitney. Cynthia left Garvey for composer Marvin Hamlisch. (Cyndy would later claim Garvey "gave me away" to Hamlisch after a private two-hour conversation.). Garvey was already romantically involved with his secretary.
  • 1970
    Age 21
    He played third base for the Dodgers in 1970 and hit his first home run on July 21, 1970, off Carl Morton of the Montreal Expos.
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  • 1969
    Age 20
    He had three plate appearances in 1969, all as a pinch hitter, and recorded his first hit on September 10, off Denny Lemaster of the Houston Astros.
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    He made his Major League debut on September 1, 1969 at the age of 20.
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  • 1968
    Age 19
    Garvey was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1st round of the 1968 MLB draft (June secondary phase).
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  • 1967
    Age 18
    Garvey credits Spartan head football coach Duffy Daugherty encouraging him to be a multi-sport athlete in his choosing MSU. He recorded 30 tackles and earned a letter as a defensive back in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details His first at-bat in a Spartan uniform resulted in a grand-slam home run, with the ball landing in the Red Cedar River.
  • 1956
    Age 7
    Born in Tampa, Florida to parents who had recently relocated from Long Island, New York, from 1956 to 1961, Garvey was a bat boy for the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers during spring training.
    More Details Hide Details Garvey played football and baseball at Michigan State University after graduating from Chamberlain High School. Garvey played his entire career in the National League West for two teams; the Los Angeles Dodgers (1969–82) and San Diego Padres (1983–87). He batted and threw right-handed. In a nineteen-year career, Garvey was a .294 hitter with 272 home runs and 1308 RBI in 2332 games played.
  • 1948
    Born on December 22, 1948.
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