Dec. 23, 2013
EAST LANSING - The Michigan State baseball program will honor Steve Garvey at the ninth annual First Pitch Dinner on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at the Kellogg Center on the campus of MSU. Garvey will have his Spartan jersey retired as a part of this year's event, which will also include Athletics Director Mark Hollis as the keynote speaker.
The 2014 First Pitch Dinner will feature a silent auction, door prizes, player autographs, a team poster and 2014 season ticket card.
Tickets for the First Pitch Dinner range in price from $10 per person for children and students, $40 for Spartan baseball alumni, and $50 each for adults. Sponsored tables of eight are also available. The silent auction and player autograph session will begin at 12 p.m., followed by dinner at 1 p.m.
For more information on the 2014 First Pitch Dinner, open the PDF registration here, or call the MSU baseball office at 517-353-0816.
ABOUT STEVE GARVEY
Steve Garvey, a 10-time All-Star and 1974 National League MVP, played for Michigan State in 1968. Garvey had an illustrious 19-year career in Major League Baseball with both the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
Garvey broke into Major League Baseball with the Dodgers in 1969 and went on to play 14 seasons in Los Angeles. Garvey quickly made his mark as he was elected to his first of eight All-Star games while playing in LA in 1974. That same year, Garvey was voted the National League MVP, batting .312 with 111 RBIs. Garvey also won his first of four consecutive Gold Glove Awards in 1974.
In 1978, Garvey was named MVP of the NLCS, helping the Dodgers to a World Series appearance. Three years later in 1981, Garvey and the Dodgers returned to baseball's biggest stage where they claimed the World Series title.
Garvey played his final five seasons with the San Diego Padres. He helped the club win its first National League Pennant in 1984 and won his second NLCS MVP in the process. The Padres later retired his No. 6.
Garvey finished his career with a .294 batting average and over 1300 RBIs. He holds the National League record for consecutive games played at 1,207.
While with the Spartans in 1968, Garvey hit .376 and led the team in RBIs with 38. In 2009, Garvey was named the Michigan State Baseball Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.
Today, Garvey serves as President of Garvey Management Group.