From the time the two-sport star excelled at Michigan State through his illustrious pro baseball career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, Steve Garvey became an icon in the world of sports. The ten-time All Star and 1974 NL MVP became known for his consistency and durability in the majors and was a part of one of the greatest infields in the history of the game along with Ron Cey, Bill Russell, and Davey Lopes.
Garvey is one of only two players to have started an All-Star Game as a write-in vote, doing so in 1974. 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).
Garvey set a National League record with 1207 consecutive games from September 3, 1975, to July 29, 1983. It is the fourth-longest such streak in Major League Baseball history. In the 1978 NLCS, Garvey hit four home runs, and added a triple for five extra base hits, both marks tying the NL record.
After signing with the San Diego Padres, Garvey would create another lasting highlight with his heroic home run against the Cubs in the 1984 NLCS. Hitting a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th, #6 propelled the Padres to their first World Series and served as the iconic moment in the franchise’s history. As a result of his incredible play and stellar career, San Diego retired his jersey number which now hangs in Petco Park. Some of the career highlights of Steve Garvey include:
- 10× All-Star selection (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985)
- World Series champion (1981)
- 4× Gold Glove Award winner (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977)
- 1974 NL MVP
- 2× All-Star Game MVP (1974, 1978)
- 2× NLCS MVP (1978, 1984)
Today, Garvey remains in the public eye with his business and baseball ventures and as a fan favorite, Steve can often be found at shows, signing autographs, or speaking to corporate groups and little league teams alike. CHATOGRAPH is proud to work with Garvey and looks forward to many engagements with the Iron Man for years to come.
STEVE GARVEY CHATOGRAPH July 12, 2014
10x MLB All-Star legend Steve Garvey engaged fans Saturday afternoon at 1pm PST and he discussed everything from his greatest memory, teammates, and fans. Garvey signed CHATOGRAPH transcript certificates for a one-of-a-kind celebrity engagement for fans!
Here is the complete CHATOGRAPH conversation:
Ricardo: Steve, In which game where you the most nervous your first one, or your last one? @stevegarvey6
Steve: Ricardo, probably the first. You are always more nervous with the unknown. I’d never played in the majors. It was new. I didn’t know the last game would be when I pinch hit. @stevegarvey6
Michael Bradley: Steve, I just wanted to thank you for the 4 World Series,1981 Championship,Gold Gloves,MVP,AllStar games and all of the great years you gave the Dodgers. @stevegarvey6
Steve: Michael Bradley, thank you for being a great fan and you’re the reason I played game.
B. Meekins: Steve, We sit back, close our eyes, and go to your greatest baseball moment. Can you tell us where we are & why that moment….
Steve: B. Meekins, 11:59pm… Oct. 28th at NY Yankee stadium… the third out is caught for final out of the ’81 World Series! @stevegarvey6
@randyrovegno: Steve, What where you thinking when you hit the home run in the ’84 NLCS that ultimately sent the Padres to the World Series? @stevegarvey6
Steve: Randy, “There will be a tomorrow!” And a chance to win the NLCS! @stevegarvey6 @randyrovegno
Chris: Steve, Of all your awards including All-Star games, MVP, etc. what would be your most prized accomplishment? @stevegarvey6
Steve: Chris, It would have to be the World Championship. It’s a team sport so winning is the most important thing. Individually, if I had to list something, it would be the consecutive game streak, 1207 games. @stevegarvey6
Sawyer: Steve, playing first base I also hit a walk-off to win my league championship like you did for the Padres! @stevegarvey6
Steve: Sawyer, Congratulations! Welcome to the “Garvey Walk-off” team! @stevegarvey6
Steve: @VinScullyTrib, As a gentleman and a man who played the game the right way. @stevegarvey6
John: Steve, What other first basemen in your era (70’s & 80’s) were even close to your abilities? @stevegarvey6
Steve: John, I would say Tony Perez, Willie Stargell, Willie McCovey and Pete Rose. All were great. @stevegarvey6
Darrin: Steve, Who were the best teammates you ever played with? @stevegarvey6
Steve: Darrin, I loved all my teammates. They helped me get where I was. I was probably closest to Jerry Reuss & Dusty Baker. @stevegarvey6