Steve Garvey played his entire 19 year career in sunny California with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. On Thursday, October 2, 2014 he was back in California’s public eye, making an appearance as the guest speaker at the Alzheimer’s Disease Association in Kern County’s Heart Never Forgets fundraiser in Bakersfield, California.
During his speech he talked about some of his favorite moments as a big leaguer and also discussed some of his struggles since his retirement from baseball in 1987. One such struggle was his 2012 prostate cancer diagnosis. However, despite the diagnosis and surgery to eradicate the disease, he learned how strong he had become as a person throughout the process and has now placed himself at the forefront of raising awareness and funding for diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.
Garvey’s career is one of the most highly regarded in the history of the Dodgers, having earned 8 consecutive All-Star appearances from 1974-1981 and also earning NL MVP honors in 1974 after belting 21 home runs and posting a .312 batting average to go along with 111 RBI and 95 runs scored. The highlight of his career came in 1981 when he led the Dodgers to a World Series title.
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Watch Steve Garvey Speaking about his All Star Career: