From the 1970s through the mid-1980s, Steve Garvey was on the list of baseball’s best players. First with the Dodgers, where the former batboy became a star on Tommy Lasorda’s teams, then in San Diego where he pushed the Padres into a World Series. Garvey is 64 now, a prostate cancer survivor, and ready to part with more than 70 items from his life in baseball. Currently, his 1974 National League MVP trophy has a bid of $26,620 but there are other pieces with no takers so far at $100.
It’s a wide mix of memorabilia that includes his 1984 NLCS game-winning home run bat, his 1977 and ’78 NL Championship rings, his 1981 World Series trophy, All-Star Game rings, Gold Glove awards and even a 1962 New York Yankees autographed baseball he obtained as a kid.
His items are part of a large catalog auction being carried out by SCP Auctions which also has collections from Rollie Fingers, John Havlicek, George Sisler, Bret Saberhagen and Chris Mullin as well as numerous other pieces of sports history.
Garvey sat down on the set of GoodDay L.A. on Thursday to discuss his career, the auction and his health.