Former Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey is battling prostate cancer.

Steve Garvey

Steve Garvey, who starred for the Dodgers playing first base from 1969 to 1982, is battling prostate cancer.

The 64-year-old couched the announcement in a press release for an upcoming memorabilia auction. Garvey, Rollie Fingers, Bret Saberhagen and basketball star John Havlicek will be auctioning items from their personal collections online April 10.

“This past fall I was thrown a nasty curve and battled prostate cancer,” Garvey said in the 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.”

A radical prostectomy (or prostatectomy) is an operation performed to remove the prostate gland and some of the tissue around it.

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