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Aside from having an enviable career on the field, baseball legend turned businessman, Steve Garvey is a sought out speaker known for his skill, story telling, and warm demeanor. He has dedicated his post-professional athletic career of almost 30 years to philanthropy, business, and motivational speaking.
Playing for the L.A. Dodgers and later the San Diego Padres, Garvey was one of the most popular players of his time; in fact he was the only player ever to make it to the All-stars based on write-in votes. He is the only first baseman to have had an errorless season at his position and holds the National League record for greatest number of consecutive games played. His no. 6 jersey, which he wore during his time at both teams, was retired by the Padres after he left baseball.
Due to his natural television presence and appeal to fans, Garvey gained experience in marketing and communications as spokesperson for many top brands such as Adidas, Nestle, and Pepsi. His successful record in advertising campaigns prompted him to launch Garvey Communications in 1988, which has produced several infomercials as well as the program International Sportsman. He often serves as a host or commentator for sports events and actively advocates numerous charitable causes. He acts as National Campaign Chairman for the Multiple Sclerosis Society as well as Chairman of the Board of directors for Fans for the Cure, an organization that seeks to raise awareness of prostrate cancer.
Future Hall of Famer and Marketing Media Consultant
The playing field has changed from the baseball diamond to the corporate board room, but the intensity and integrity with which future Hall of Famer Steve Garvey plays his position as President of Garvey Management Group remains the same.
The transition from professional athlete to corporate executive was made smoother because of an insightful Garvey character trait—the ability to look to, and plan for, the future. Garvey recognized early in his baseball career the unique opportunities that would require as keen a business sense just as professional sports require athletic ability.
Since serving as spokesman for Vitalis as a major league rookie in 1970, Garvey has taken advantage of, and learned from, dozens of business opportunities. Garvey has been featured in endorsement and promotional campaigns for companies which include Adidas, Anheuser-Busch, Bankers Systems, Chevrolet, Jockey, McDonald’s, Nestle, Pepsi-Cola, TransAmerica, Cardeservice International, Golf One, Natural Balance Pet Foods, California Pizza Kitchen, as well as to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Garvey has always enjoyed a talent for marketing, advertising, communication, and corporate relations. This coupled with his experience representing numerous products through the years, his interest in increasing his business savvy as he had his athletic ability, and his desire to provide corporations and businesses knowledgeable consulting, inspired his founding of Garvey Marketing Group. One of Steve’s unique skills is motivational speaking. For over twenty-five years, he has spoken to groups, corporations, conventions, and universities around the world. His topics include Being the Best You Can Be, Teamwork, Crisis Management, Leadership, Integrity in Life and Business, and The Rewards of Living a Christian Life.
Steve Garvey has also developed several made for televisions specials and series. In conjunction with FOX Sports Network, Garvey has served as co-executive producer for The International Sportsman featuring top named entertainment and sports personalities co-hosting with his wife of 22 years Candace Garvey. The show has visited Ireland, Monte Carlo, Singapore, Alaska, The Homestead Virginia, Deer Valley Utah, Kona Hawaii, and other world-class destinations. Garvey hosts the weekly series, Baseball’s Greatest Games aired on Classic Sports Network. He has also provided insightful commentary for the College and Little World Series, The Home and Family show (Family Channel), Up Close (ESPN), and CBS Radio and Television. He has hosted morning Drive Time Radio (The Garvey and Company) XTRA 690AM. He has also hosted the syndicated series, Greatest Sports Legends, The Road to Moscow, and The Road to Los Angeles. He has also appeared in Major Movies, Sitcoms, and Weekly Drama Series.
Garvey’s efforts have not been exclusively focused on Garvey Management Group. Giving back is a Garvey trademark. He succeeded Frank Sinatra as the National Campaign Chairman of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. In addition, he assists in a variety of other causes: Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes, The Blind Children Center, The Sisters of Carondelet, United Way, Ronald McDonald House, St. Vincent DePaul Center, Pediatrics AIDS, the Starlight Foundation, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Garvey also finds the time to hold positions on numerous civic committees and corporate boards. He has served on the boards of Catholic University of America, University of San Diego, and The Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation.
These efforts have earned Garvey the admiration and praise of those around him. He has been recognized for his unparalleled discipline, commitment and dedication. These distinctions began early in his career and have continued until the present and include Major League Baseball’s highest honor for humanitarian service, the Roberto Clemente Award. Garvey was also recognized by the United States Jaycees as “One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in America.” Other awards bestowed include the Little League’s most prestigious honor, the William A. (Bill) Shea Award for contribution by a little leaguer to our national pastime. He has received the Lou Gehrig’s Award for his contribution to Baseball and Society. Sports Illustrated named him the “Iron Man” for his consecutive game streak in the National League. Steve is a living legend in Dodger history and holds team, individual, and MLB records. While with the Padres, he is the only player in the history of the game to have an errorless season at first base. On April 16, 1988, the familiar #6 was retired by the San Diego Padres.
With Garvey’s extensive experience in professional sports, business, television and entertainment, there is little, aside from politics, he has not done. From 1980 to 1987, he repeatedly answered the call to assist President Reagan at Rallys, Fundraisers, and Republican Conventions. In 1988, he served as California Chairman of the “Committee for the Presidency” which generated campaign funds for the President George Bush.
Though Garvey’s career has taken him around the world, his roots and his family are very important to him. Steve Patrick Garvey was born on December 22, 1948 in Tampa, Florida. He received a BS degree from Michigan State University where he was an all-American baseball player and starting defense back on the Spartan football team. Steve resides in Southern California with his wife Candace, of twenty-two years, and their two remaining school age children. In 2011, the Garvey’s son Ryan was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies, but chose a baseball scholarship at University of California where he was accepted into the Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism.
To gain national prominence through sports is an achievement few attain. To then excel in the boardrooms of corporate America through intelligent practices is even more difficult. Garvey has reached and surpassed these pinnacles of success. His ability to educate and entertain is documented in print and on film. Steve Garvey is widely respected for his contributions of time and talent to worthy causes and efforts of importance.
Steve Garvey talks about what it was like to go up against two of the greatest pitchers of his time, Tom Seaver and J.R. Richards. “Tom Seaver had great mechanics,” Garvey remembers how Seaver could throw five innings without anyone getting a hit. “He’s in the Hall of Fame for a reason. Every time he took the mound it was a challenge.”
“You could see all the Dominicans crossing themselves before they got into the batter’s box with J.R. Richards,” Garvey comments, explaining that J.R. Richards’s massive height, unpredictability, and speed prompted most players to swing early instead of waiting for the ball’s release. “The synergy of what those two players accomplished is a testimony that size, shape, long arms, and velocity don’t always matter.”
Steve Garvey discusses “the good old days” of baseball telling a story of how two baseball players pulled a prank on the field that resulted in thousands of dollars going to a good cause. He states that it was the bottom of the fifth ending and his team was losing, when all of a sudden two of his teammates dressed in groundskeeper uniforms came out dragging the infield. “So by the time they got to second base, the fans started to realize it was them and there was this groundswell of noise and screaming and so forth,” he paints the crowd’s reaction.
Although the majority of people including the team found the stunt hilarious, the two players were scolded and fined $1500 each on the spot. Ironically later in the game, one of the two players hit a home run winning the match by one point. “Rick Deez, of course he had a great show and great reach, decides he wants to raise money to take care of the fines,” Garvey concludes. “He ended up raising $11,000 which eventually went to charity.”
Steve Garvey is available for corporate appearances, motivational speaking engagements, VIP meet and greets, autograph signings, baseball camps, celebrity golf tournaments and product endorsements.
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My Bat Boy Days: Lessons I Learned from the Boys of Summer
On the evening of March 28, 1956, Steve Garvey’s father, a Greyhound bus driver in the Tampa Bay area, asked his young son if he’d like to accompany him as he drove the Brooklyn Dodgers to a spring-training game with the New York Yankees. For Garvey, a baseball card collector and an aspiring Little Leaguer, the opportunity stretched beyond his wildest imagination and marked the beginning of a legendary career and life in baseball.
Garvey spent five years (1956-1961) as a bat boy, mostly for the Brooklyn Dodgers and briefly for the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers. The fact that he would go on to become a first baseman with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and one of the most successful players of his era, is like something out of a Hollywood script. My Bat Boy Days is his moving collection of indelible memories, fascinating profiles, and lessons learned—about the game and about life—from heroes such as Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, and Mickey Mantle.
My Bat Boy Days is for the generation of fans who remember the Boys of Summer and for the generation who grew up watching Steve Garvey play for the love of the game. Garvey’s story is perfect for sharing with children and grandchildren who are just now getting to know and love the game.
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