This Day In Dodgers History: Steve Garvey Becomes First 2-Time All-Star Game MVP

On July 11, 1978, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey became the first two-time MVP in MLB All-Star Game history.

Garvey batted fifth for the National League and went 2-for-3 with a triple, walk and two RBI. His two-run single in the bottom of the third tied the game, and the NL never looked back from there as they went on to win, 7-3.

Garvey previously earned MVP honors in the 1974 MLB All-Star Game after going 2-for-4 with an RBI double that tied the score in the fourth inning.

Garvey was a 10-time All-Star in 19 MLB seasons, 14 of which he played with the Dodgers. He ranks among the all-time L.A. franchise leaders in hits (1,968; second), doubles (333; first), home runs (211; third), RBI (992; first) and games played (1,727; third).

In addition to his 10 All-Star Game selections, Garvey is a four-time Gold Glove winner, two-time NL Championship MVP, 1974 NL MVP, 1981 Roberto Clemente Award winner and 1981 World Series Champion. He also holds the NL record with 1,207 consecutive games played.

Although Garvey was not elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame through the traditional route, he still has a chance for nomination via the Modern Era Committee.

Garvey among “Legends of Dodger Baseball”

Beginning with the 2019 season, the Dodgers recognized franchise icons by inducting them into the “Legends of Dodger Baseball.” The inaugural class included Garvey, Don Newcombe and Fernando Valenzuela.

Players added to the “Legends of Dodger Baseball” are celebrated with a pregame ceremony, receive a plaque and have one put on display at Dodger Stadium.

Garvey said being inducted with Newcomb and Valenzuela was a “tremendous honor.”

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