Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Birthday Steve Garvey

Former Cardinals celebrating birthdays today include: Steve Carlton, Matty Alou and Lonnie Smith.

I'll probably get docked a few contest points for this, but my primary memories of Steve Garvey were as Padres player, occasional TV guest star, and tabloid subject. His heyday came wearing Dodger blue, however. Over the course of a 19-year career, he amassed 10 All-Star appearances, an MVP award and a pile of Gold Gloves. He missed out recently on being selected by the "expansion era" Hall of Fame committee, whatever that means, when they opted to go with a trio of former managers.

Since this is a Drake's Big Hitters card, I thought I'd show off the back as well. It's a red rendition of the regular issue 1985 Topps design. For his career, Garvey had a .284/.326/.446 slash line against the Cardinals, with 20 HRs and 101 RBI in 677 ABs.

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