Autograph Of The Week: Steve Garvey

Steve Garvey has been described by hundreds of fans and fellow players as one of the nicest men to play our national pastime. On June 5, 1986, Garvey was on-deck and argued the last out of a triple play turned by the Atlanta Braves. Garvey was subsequently ejected for the first time in his Major League career.

However, Baseball Almanac did not choose Steve Garvey as our Autograph of the Week because of his "nice-guy" attitude or his first career ejection. We chose Garvey because he played in his 1,000th consecutive game on June 7, 1982. An Ironman feat that had only been accomplished four times prior in major league history!

"Those of us playing in streaks are a small fraternity - we know what it takes. It takes a physical, mental, and spiritual commitment - spiritual in the sense that you have to be one with the sport." - Steve Garvey
Autograph of the Week

1st Week of June Recipient

Steve Garvey Autograph

Card
1981 Fleer

Card Number
110

Pen
Black Ballpoint

Notes
Card show signature.

1,000 Consecutive Games Played Club

In Numberical Order

GP Names [Links To Stats] Rank

2,632

Cal Ripken

1

2,130

Lou Gehrig

2

1,307

Everett Scott

3

1,207

Steve Garvey

4

1,117

Billy Williams

5

1,103

Joe Sewell

6

GP Names [Links To Stats] Rank


How often did Steve Garvey think about keeping the streak alive? He once commented, "I started to dream about getting caught in rush-hour traffic and the streak ending because I didn't get to the stadium until the final out."

44,714 fans watched Steve Garvey play in his 1,000 consecutive game at Dodger Stadium. A game where he went 0-for-4 and the Dodgers lost 4-3 due to a seventh inning Dale Murphy home run!

On April 16, 1983, Steve Garvey played in his 1,118th consecutive game setting the National League record . Eighty-nine games later he would break his thumb sliding into home plate and end the streak at 1,207!

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