Steve Garvey is a former professional baseball player and businessman from the United States of America. Steve Garvey is most known for his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres as a first baseman from 1969 to 1982 and 1983 to 1987, respectively.
When Garvey was a baby, his New York City-born parents moved to Florida and gave birth to him in Tampa. The Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Detroit Tigers all used Garvey as a bat boy during spring training from 1956 to 1961.
The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Garvey in the first round of the 1968 Major League Baseball draught (June secondary phase). On September 1, 1969, he made his Major League Baseball debut at the age of 20. As a pinch hitter for Ray Lamb in the seventh inning, he saw action only once, going hitless. As a pinch hitter, he made two more trips to the plate in 1969 and got his first major league hit against Houston Astros pitcher Denny Lemaster on September 10. In 1970, he was a Dodgers third baseman who hit his first major league home run off Montreal Expos pitcher Carl Morton on July 21, 1970. Upon the retirement of Wes Parker in 1973, he took Wes’ place at the position of first base.
All-Star in 1974, the National League’s Most Valuable Player for 10 consecutive seasons, and the league’s record for most consecutive games played (1,207). He was given the moniker “Mr. Clean” because of his squeaky-clean persona when he was born on December 22, 1948, in Tampa, Florida. From 1956 to 1961, Garvey served as a bat boy for the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Detroit Tigers. After graduating from Chamberlain High School, he went on to play football and baseball at Michigan State University. At Michigan State University and the Irish American Hall of Fame, he has earned a place in the hall of fame for both of these institutions.
The Steve Garvey Junior High School in Lindsay, California, is named for him. When Garvey had multiple affairs and fathered several children in the 1980s, he lost his “Mr. Clean” persona. In 1988, he founded Garvey Communications, a production firm that specializes in commercials and other forms of television programming. He is also the host of Baseball’s Greatest Games, and he has been hired to give motivational speeches primarily to businesses. He currently splits his time between the California cities of Los Angeles and Palm Desert.
The net worth of Steve Garvey is $5 million.
The majority of his earnings came from his successful career as a professional baseball player. Another source of his riches comes from his involvement in the business sector. ‘
While playing for the Padres in 1983, Garvey founded Garvey Media Group. Sports marketing and business branding were its areas of expertise. In 1988, he became the head of Garvey Communications, a production company that specialized in commercials for television. In addition, he was a motivational speaker for businesses.
The Baseball Assistance Team, a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding former major, minor, and negro league players in financial and medical challenges, has had him on its board since 1990.
At some point during his time on Just Shoot Me!, Garvey appeared as himself on one of the show’s episodes.
His paternal lineage links Garvey to the Irish-American diaspora. County Cork, Ireland, is where his father’s ancestors hail from. Garvey married Cynthia Truhan in 1971 when he was 22 years old. Krisha and Whitney were the names of their two children. According to John, most of Garvey’s Dodger teammates and their wives didn’t like Cynthia very much. Cynthia left Garvey for Marvin Hamlisch, the composer, even though Garvey had a crush on his secretary before she went. Cynthia and Garvey separated in 1983 and divorced a year later.
When Garvey learned that Cheryl Moulton was expecting in July 1988, he was overjoyed. However, in November 1988, Garvey proposed to Rebecka Mendenhall, mentioning Moulton at the time. That January, Mendenhall found out she was pregnant. A phone call from Garvey on January 1, 1989, ended the engagement between the two. Since 1986, Garvey and Mendenhall have been dating. Slade, their lone child, was born in October of that same year.
When he met Candace Thomas at a gala for the Special Olympics, Garvey proposed to her in January of that year. Thomas and Garvey embarked on a romance that included travels to President George H. W. Bush’s inauguration and the Super Bowl. In the midst of his “midlife disaster,” Garvey filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife Cyndy to regain custody of their two children. His two kids gave evidence in court that they did not want to see their father. Garvey lost commercial chances and had to pay half of his monthly television salary in child support as a result of various lawsuits.
On February 18, 1989, Garvey married Candace. In addition to their three children from their current marriage, they have four more from prior unions, including Sean, Olivia, and Ryan Garvey, as well as Taylor Abess, Shaunna Thomas Butler, Whitney Garvey, and Krisha Nor. Currently, Garvey divides his time between Los Angeles and Palm Desert in California, where he works and lives.
Federal Trade Commission charges were filed against Garvey and his management firm, the Garvey Management Group, on September 1, 2000, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. An appeals court found in 2004 that Garvey was not responsible for the content of the infomercials because he was just a spokesman. As a result of his advertising work, he had amassed a fortune of $1.1 million.