Steve Garvey is a former professional baseball player. Growing up, Garvey was a bat boy for the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers during spring training. Garvey played football and baseball at Michigan State.
Garvey played his entire MLB career in the NL West for two teams; the Los Angeles Dodgers (1969–82) and San Diego Padres (1983–87). He batted and threw right-handed. In a 19-year career, Garvey was a .294 hitter with 272 home runs and 1308 RBI in 2332 games played. He played as a first baseman, most notably for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Garvey was the 1974 NL MVP, a two-time NLCS MVP, a 10-time All-Star, and a two-time MVP of the All-Star Game. His first season in San Diego allowed him to break the NL's record for consecutive games played, a feat that landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated as baseball's "Iron Man". As of Feburary 2021, Garvey still holds the record.
The 2000s saw a focus change, and Garvey Media Group (Garvey’s business) became a force in corporate branding, through the use of sports, combined with new media technology.Garvey's uniforn number was retired by MSU, as well as he was inducted into the MSU Hall of Fame in 2010.