Read about Steve Garvey

Baseball great Steve Garvey is coming to LifePath!

March 29, 2018    One of the greatest careers in Major League Baseball history almost never was. 

When Steve Garvey was just 7, his dad, a Greyhound bus driver in Tampa, Fla., asked his young son if he would like to skip school and accompany him as he drove to a spring training baseball game.

The guests on the bus? The Brooklyn Dodgers.

The opponent? The New York Yankees.

The answer? Yes!

For Steve, a Little League player and avid baseball card collector, that moment marked the start of a long and fulfilling affair with our national pastime. 

“I fell in love with the game that day,” he said.

Steve went on to spend five years as a bat boy in the Tampa area during spring training, mostly for the Brooklyn Dodgers and briefly for the Yankees and Detroit Tigers.

That he would later become a first baseman with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and one of the most successful players of his time, is something out of a Hollywood script – which Steve writes in his book, “My Bat Boy Days.”

Steve attended Michigan State University, where he played football and baseball, and in 1968 was a first-round draft pick of the Dodgers. On Sept. 1, 1969, Steve made his Major League debut as a third baseman. He later moved to first base for the Dodgers, becoming one of the best in the game. In 1983, he joined the San Diego Padres, retiring from baseball in 1987 after an 18-year career.

Steve accumulated 2,599 total hits – still one of the 100 best totals in the grand history of America’s game – and was a World Series champion, 10-time All-Star, 1974 National League MVP and two-time National League Championship Series MVP (including once against the Phillies). His uniform number (6) was retired by the Padres.

Perhaps Steve’s highest honors, though, are not for his baseball field prowess. One is the 1981 Roberto Clemente Award that he received for being the player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” The other is the 1984 Lou Gehrig Award that Steve received, given to the player who best exhibits the character and integrity of Lou Gehrig.

LifePath is thrilled to host Steve Garvey – and his inspirational story of service and success – as the 2018 PICPA/LifePath Keynote speaker!

Tickets and sponsorships to the Thanksgiving Benefit and Awards luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 21, are now available. For information, contact Annette Kaiser at akaiser@lifepath.org or CLICK HERE.

Speaker sponsored by BSI Corporate Benefits