Steve Garvey

Birthdate 12/22/1948
Death Date
Debut Year 1969
Year of Induction
Teams Dodgers, Padres
Position First Base

Would you put Steve Garvey in the Hall of Fame? He’s a ten-time All Star with six Silver Slugger Awards, four Gold Gloves, and an MVP. 

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Garvey agrees to lend his name to the Babe Ruth Foundation Advisory Board in 1977

Garvey agrees to lend his name to the Babe Ruth Foundation Advisory Board in 1977

In 1977 Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson mailed current and former stars of the game requesting their consent to lend their name to the Babe Ruth Advisory Board. Garvey agreed to this, writing,
A young Steve Garvey appears on his first Topps card as a third baseman

A young Steve Garvey appears on his first Topps card as a third baseman

A 19-year old Garvey is shown here in his first Topps card. Garvey has signed the 1971 offering. Not the fielders glove in the picture instead of a more familiar first baseman’s mitt. Garvey who debuted in 1969 did not make his initial appearance
Steve Garvey pens one of his favorite quotes

Steve Garvey pens one of his favorite quotes

“Life is God’s gift to us. What we do with it is our gift go God,” is the quote Garvey choose to write on the back of a LeRoy Neiman postcard of the first baseman. Garvey, who average over 200 hits for the seven year period of 1974-1980 was widely regarded as a sure-fire choice

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Many call it the greatest draft in the history of pro sports

August 20th, 2015

In 1968, the Dodgers drafted nine players who would go on to play a total of 148 seasons in the Major Leagues, appear in 23 All Star games, total over 11,000 hits, and club more than 1,100 home runs. The two pitchers from the draft tallied 305 big league wins. Add in six Gold Glove Awards, a batting championship, an All Star MVP award, a regular-season MVP award, a World Series MVP award, and the N.L. record holder for consecutive games played, and it’s easy to see why many believe it’s the greatest draft by any team in the history of professional sports. “The draft of 1968 was historical,” said Ron Cey, one of the players drafted that year. “97% of the cream of the crop each year is supposed to fail. That draft might be the best draft in history with a bunch of guys who played 15 years or so, Bobby Valentine, Billy Buckner, Davey Lopes, Tom Paciorek, Doyle Alexander, Steve Garvey, Joe Ferguson, myself. That’s a lot of guys right there.” Cey failed to include 111-game winner, Geoff Zahn, a Dodger teammate for three seasons. The selection of those players laid the foundation for continued excellence in Los […]

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