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    Steve Garvey on Meeting The World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers

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    In 1985, first baseman Steven Patrick Garvey established a Major League Baseball record for most consecutive errorless games by an infielder. This record stood until April 2, 2008, when it was bested by Kevin Youkilis.
    Garvey played football and baseball at Michigan State University. Garvey played his entire career in the National League West for the L.A. Dodgers (1969-82) and the San Diego Padres (1983-87). In a 19-year career, Garvey was a .294 hitter with 272 home runs and 1308 RBI in 2332 games played. Garvey was part of the longest starting infield to play together with Ron Cey, Bill Russell and Davey Lopes.
    Garvey is one of only two players to have started an All-Star Game as a write-in vote, doing so in 1974.
    Garvey set a National League record with 1207 consecutive games played, from September 3, 1975, to July 29, 1983. The streak ended when he broke his thumb in a collision at home plate against the Atlanta Braves.
    In the 1978 National League Championship Series, Garvey hit four home runs, and added a double for five extra base hits, both marks tying Bob Robertson's 1971 NLCS record; Jeffrey Leonard would tie the NLCS home run record in the 1987 NLCS.
    On his first trip to Los Angeles as a Padre, he took out a full-page newspaper ad thanking fans for their past support.
    On October 6, 1984, during Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, Garvey hit a two-run walk-off home run off of Lee Smith in the 9th inning to give the Padres a 7 to 5 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The next day, the Padres won the National League pennant for the first time in franchise history.
    Garvey's jersey #6, worn when he was both a Padre and Dodger is retired by the Padres. His number 6 was displayed at the site of his 1984 NLCS home run in right field at Qualcomm Stadium.
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