Former Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres first baseman Steve Garvey has revealed he is battling prostate cancer. Garvey revealed that he had his prostate removed at UCLA Medical Center back in October after his cancer was diagnosed the previous month.
According to the LA Times on Feb. 22, the 10 time All-Star and larger than life baseball figure is ready to meet this challenge head on.
"This past fall I was thrown a nasty curve and battled prostate cancer," Garvey said in a press release (via MLB.com). "I decided on a radical prostectomy operation at UCLA, and through God's grace it went well."
"I will continue to monitor my progress, but will now dedicate a significant amount of time and resources to prostate awareness," he said in the release. "Through SCP Auctions, the Garvey family will also continue to share our great love for baseball by donating time and dollars to youth baseball programs."
The 64 year old Garvey revealed his cancer diagnosis in a press release describing several personal baseball items, including his MVP trophy, that he is putting up for auction in which 70% of the proceeds raised will go toward prostate cancer awareness.
Back in 2010, Garvey was elected to the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame.