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Steve Garvey battling prostate cancer

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09:45 AM ET 02.23 | Former Dodgers first base great Steve Garvey, a 10-time All-Star and 1974 National League MVP, is battling prostate cancer. Garvey said that his prostate was removed at UCLA Medical Center in October after his cancer was diagnosed the previous month and that he now hopes to devote a considerable amount of his time to prostate cancer awareness. Garvey, 64, made the announcement in a press release describing several personal baseball items -- including his MVP trophy -- that he is putting up for auction. He said 70% of the proceeds would go toward prostate cancer awareness. "I was thrown a pretty good curveball by God," Garvey told The Times' Dylan Hernandez. "I felt I was being challenged to work for prostate awareness for men and the women who love them."

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February 23, 2013  11:13 AM ET

When I was a kid, I thought for sure he would make the Hall of Fame. He didn't have the power like Reggie or Schmidt, but he was always one of the National League's best players and seemed like he made the All-Star team every year. Sad to hear about this story..

February 23, 2013  11:36 AM ET

this illness ,,,heavy as a ten tons,,,cancer you never can take it ligtly,, prostate cancer/female breast cancer its a terminal illness if is not detected on time,,,,

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February 23, 2013  01:01 PM ET

God rarely hangs the curveball.

Best of luck Steve.

February 23, 2013  02:38 PM ET

Get Well Steve!!

February 23, 2013  07:06 PM ET
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this illness ,,,heavy as a ten tons,,,cancer you never can take it ligtly,, prostate cancer/female breast cancer its a terminal illness if is not detected on time,,,,

very true

Hope Steve gets throughit all ok.

February 23, 2013  08:58 PM ET
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When I was a kid, I thought for sure he would make the Hall of Fame. He didn't have the power like Reggie or Schmidt, but he was always one of the National League's best players and seemed like he made the All-Star team every year. Sad to hear about this story..

Me too
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February 23, 2013  10:21 PM ET

I had the opportunity to meet him in person. He seemed like a great guy. I wish him well.

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