Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Goodbye, Grampa

Joe Garvey and his son Steve.


Did you know Steve Garvey wasn't the first Garvey to work for the Dodgers? His father, Joe, was the Dodgers' spring training bus driver in Florida for 25 years, from 1956 to 1981. Through that job, Steve Garvey met many legendary Dodgers well before joining the organization himself. And it turns out Joe Garvey was a true fan of the game as well as a lucky baseball father:

"He loved the game," [Steve] Garvey said of his father. "He listened to whatever powerful radio station he could get and tune into Dodger games. Then when more of our games would be televised, he would watch and tell me what I was doing wrong. He was my personal coach. He retired in 1984 and moved to San Diego, then to Murietta and he would love to watch my kids play. He would go to Lake Elsinore Storm games and eventually became an usher and greeter there for six years.

Longtime bus driver Garvey dies (Dodgers.com)

Farewell, Joe Garvey (Dodger Thoughts)

photo by Mark Langill/Dodgers

2 comments:

Neeebs said...

Did you ever notice that you don't get many comments unless you do a post with a "hot chicks" theme?


Just checking.

Orel said...

Or when we complain about European bathtubs. Baseball blogging at its finest, really.