GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers legend Steve Garvey, while announcing that some of his baseball memorabilia will be auctioned, also revealed Friday that he had prostate cancer.
"This past fall I was thrown a nasty curve and battled prostate cancer," Garvey said in a press release. "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. 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."
Among the items Garvey will put through auction:
• 1974 National League Most Valuable Player Award
• 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Championship ring
• 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers National League Championship ring
• 1978 Los Angeles Dodgers National League Championship ring
• 1974 National League Gold Glove Award
• 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers Miniature World Series trophy
• Historic 1984 NLCS Game 4 walk-off home run bat Inscribed by Garvey (Voted Greatest Moment in San Diego Sports History)
• 1974 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Most Valuable Player trophy
• Nine Major League Baseball All-Star rings
• 1982 Signed last Dodgers game-worn warm-up jacket
"I have been blessed to win a number of awards and be involved in numerous historical baseball moments over my 20-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres," Garvey said. "I feel it's time to share several pieces of history with those fans who inspired me to those wonderful achievements."
The auction will begin April 15 and will include items from Rollie Fingers and Bret Saberhagen. Bidding will be open to registered bidders on Wednesday, April 10 and conclude on Saturday, April 27. The auction will be conducted online at SCPAuctions.com. For more information on how to participate, visit www.scpauctions.com or call (949) 831-3700.