On Tuesday night, Los Angeles Dodgers legendary first baseman Steve Garvey was bestowed the Rawlings Gold Glove Legacy Award, honoring the 10-time All-Star and 1974 National League MVP for a storied career in Major League Baseball and spectacular defense.
The Gold Glove Legacy Award was “dedicated to someone whose legacy has made a lasting impact on the game of baseball,” per Rawlings.
Garvey, who made his MLB with the Dodgers at 20 years old in 1969 and played with them until 1982, was a valued member of the 1981 World Series team, remembered for both his consistent bat and stellar defense. Across his 14 seasons with Los Angeles, totaling 1,727 games, Garvey hit .301 and 211 home runs.
While his offensive contributions played a large part in the success of his career, Garvey’s defensive skills made him a highly-rated all-around player. Between 1974 and 1977, Garvey won a Gold Glove Award in four consecutive seasons.
After he became a member of the San Diego Padres in 1982, he would set an MLB record by not committing an error in the field for 150 games in a row during the 1984 season.
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Steve Garvey’s record for games played
Putting on display his tenacity and commitment to baseball, Garvey still holds the NL record for consecutive games played at 1,207.
The Florida native is a lifetime .294 hitter with 272 career home runs and 1,308 RBI and is also largely celebrated within the Padres organization for his efforts which included helping carry them to a 1984 pennant over the Chicago Cubs.
Garvey’s No. 6 was retired by San Diego in 1988, one year after he finished his professional playing career.
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