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Overview (4)

Born in Tampa, Florida, USA
Birth NameSteven Patrick Garvey
Nickname Garv
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One of the most dependable Major League baseball players in the 70s & 80s, Garvey was also a pretty good football player in his college days at Michigan State. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and began playing for them in 1969, but had to wait more than four years before becoming a regular player. Garvey astounded the baseball world in 1974 when he was selected to start at first base for the National League as a write-in candidate. Garvey then became a yearly All-Star and helped the Dodgers to four NL pennants and one World Championship in 1981. Garvey was traded to the San Diego Padres in 1983, and helped lead them to the NL Championship the next season. He had 200 hits in a season six times, had 1308 career RBIs and was a career .294 hitter. A sure baseball Hall of Famer, Garvey has indicated he would like to pursue a career in politics.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ken Severson

Spouse (2)

Candace Garvey (18 February 1989 - present) (3 children)
Cyndy Garvey (27 October 1971 - 1983) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (34)

Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization following June free agent draft, 1968. Most Valuable Player in National League, 1974.
Most Valuable Player in National League Championship Series, 1978 & 1984.
Most Valuable Player in All-Star Game, 1974 & 1978.
Played football at Michigan State University.
Member of the 1981 World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
Led the National League in hits in 1978 & 1980.
Had more than 100 RBIs in a season five times.
Appeared in a magazine ad for Jockey underwear in 1976 wearing briefs and a sleeveless undershirt.
Drafted by Los Angeles Dodgers in 1st round (13th pick) of 1968 amateur draft (Secondary Phase).
1978 National League Championship Series MVP for having .389 Batting Average, 1 Double, 1 Triple, 4 Home Runs and 7 RBI. 1984 National League Championship Series MVP for having .400 Batting Average, 1 Double, 1 Home Run, 7 RBI and 1 Walk
Finished 6th in voting for National League MVP in 1976, 1977 and 1980. Finished 2nd in voting for same award in 1978.
Won 4 National League Gold Glove Awards as First Baseman (1974-1977).
1974 National League MVP for having .312 Batting Average, .469 Slugging Percentage, 642 At Bats, 200 Hits, 301 Total Bases, 32 Doubles, 111 RBI and 56 Extra-Base Hits. Did not league in any statistical category.
1974 and 1978 MLB All-Star Game MVP.
Member of 1974, 1977 and 1978 National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers teams. Member of 1981 World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers team. Member of 1984 National League Champion San Diego Padres team.
Led National League in Hits in 1978 (202) and 1980 (200).
Hit 100+ RBIs in a season 5 times (111 in 1974, 115 in 1977, 113 in 1978, 110 in 1979 and 106 in 1980).
First Baseman for Los Angeles Dodgers (1969-1982) and San Diego Padres (1983-1987).
Named to 10 National League All Star Teams (1974-1981 and 1984-1985).
In 1989, he admitted to fathering a child each by Cheri Moulton and by Rebecka Mendenhall while engaged to both women and also involved with now-wife Candace, inspiring a bumper sticker: "Steve Garvey is not my Padre."
Lindsay (CA) Junior High School was renamed Steve Garvey Junior High School in 1977.
An only child.
Started as a 3rd baseman for the Dodgers, brfore he was converted to a 1st baseman
While a player, Garvey had talked about a future career in California politics. His ambitions were derailed by the revelation in the early '90s that he had fathered two children out of wedlock.
A very popular player in his time, Garvey had celebrity endorsement deals from Anheuser-Busch, Chevrolet, Gillette, McDonald's, Pepsi, Transamerica and Wal-Mart. He was also served as a spokesman for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Special Olympics.
Sued major league baseball in the mid-1990s, alleging that his career was terminated due to the result of collusion between the owners. Garvey's court filing claimed that the San Diego Padres promised Garvey a contract extension, but never followed through, and thus he was eligible for compensation. Despite producing a written note from one of the top Padres executives as evidence, Garvey's claim -- which would have netted him up to $3 million -- was dismissed. The baseball players union surprisingly declined to support Garvey.
In 1996, Garvey filed a declaration to the courts as part of litigation. In the declaration, he claimed that he suffered a "financial disaster" when the IRS disallowed tax deductions he claimed in connection with an investment in the early 1980s, saddling him with a tax bill of $937,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest.
He is a board member of the Catholic University of America and the University of San Diego, a Catholic institution of higher learning.
As well as being an employee of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team with which he made his reputation, Gives motivational speeches to corporate clients for up to $10,000 an appearance. His company, Garvey Management Group Inc. -- which is headed by his wife, Candace -- grossed over $900,000 in 1999.
Started in the 1974 All Star Game. Was not on the ballot, but got in through a write in campaign done by Los Angeles Dodger fans.
In 1986 he published "Garvey," a book about his life and career which he co-authored with Skip Rozin.
Runs a marketing and consulting company, San Diego, California, USA. [2000]
Lives in Aspen, Colorado, while working for the Los Angeles Dodgers as a spokesman. He also has his own firm, under the aegis of which he gives motivational speeches to corporate clients, Garvey Management Group Inc. [April 2006]
Appeared in an infomercial, hosted by sports reporter Kirsten Gum, for "Bosley" hair replacement. Also appearing is Rex Hudler. [2005]

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