The Irish Baseball train is picking up some serious steam! Last month, World Series legend Don Larsen donned an Irish National Baseball Team jersey and threw his support behind Team Ireland and the 18U Irish Junior National Baseball Team.
And now we have another baseball legend showing his support for Irish Baseball. Steve Garvey — former Dodgers and Padres first baseman — is pictured here wearing an Irish National Baseball Team jersey. Garvey is joined in the photos by his son, minor league baseball player Ryan Garvey.
Fun fact: Steve and Ryan both have the same middle name, Patrick. It doesn’t get more Irish than that!
Steve Garvey By the Numbers
During his 19-year career, Garvey was selected to the All-Star Game ten times and he won four Gold Gloves. He won a World Championship with the Dodgers in 1981 and he was voted the National League MVP in 1974. Over the course of his career, he hit .294 with 272 home runs, 2,599 hits, and and 1,308 RBI.
Garvey is also a member of the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame and the Michigan State University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Steve Garvey and the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame
Garvey’s interest in supporting Irish Baseball came via the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame in New York City. Garvey was elected to the IABHOF in 2009 and legend has it he later appeared in County Cavan, Ireland at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
We’ll leave you with this… Check out the hustle on this home run in Game 1 of the 1981 NLDS: