Garvey has shot at Hall of Fame
Dodgers, Padres All-Star on ballot for 13th year
LOS ANGELES -- Steve Garvey had three more All-Star appearances than Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda. His career batting average was 15 points higher than Hall of Famer Tony Perez. He won more Gold Gloves than any first baseman in the Hall of Fame.But Garvey, who became the most popular Dodger since Sandy Koufax and emerged as the cornerstone of the franchise's powerhouse teams of the 1970s, is not in the Hall of Fame. A former Michigan State football star whose father drove the Dodgers' team bus during Spring Training, Garvey was forced to move across the diamond from third base because of a wild throwing arm and became a first-base fixture on the longest-running infield in history. He was elected to the 1974 All-Star team as a write-in candidate, was MVP of that game and went on to be MVP in the National League that year, his first of four World Series appearances. He later helped take the San Diego Padres to their first World Series. "Steve Garvey is a Hall of Famer in all ways, as far as I'm concerned," said Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda, who managed Garvey in the Major and minor leagues. "He exemplified the words role model, he was a great hitter, a great ballplayer." Garvey's name is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the 13th year. He played 19 Major League seasons, the first 13 in Los Angeles, the last six in San Diego. He is probably best known for his streak of 1,207 consecutive games played, a National League record, but his most memorable Padre homer helped put his team into the 1984 World Series. His greatest year was 1974, when he won the National League Most Valuable Player award and made his first of five World Series appearances. But he also finished in the top 10 MVP voting four other times, including a runner-up finish to Dave Parker in 1978.
Teams: Dodgers, Padres
Key stats: .NL record for most consecutive games played (1,207), seven .300 seasons
Awards: 1974 MVP, 10-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove, twice NLCS MVP
Best HOF vote Pct.: 42.61% in 1995
Peers in Hall: Tony Perez, Rod Carew, Willie Stargell
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.