Dodgers’ Steve Garvey battling prostate cancer

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 percent of the proceeds would go toward prostate cancer awareness.

“I was thrown a pretty good curveball by God,” Garvey told The Los Angeles 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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