•She wrote that while at Michigan State she would take tests and write papers for Steve, who was supposed to do the work by correspondence while he was away, playing minor league ball. Steve denies it.
•She wrote that Steve became the National League All-Star first baseman in 1974 as the result of a write-in campaign in which he, she and a few family friends spent weeks filling ballots for him. Steve denies it. "I think he was voted in by the people," says Cyndy's brother, Chris, who was there. "But we are some of the people who helped him out."
On the Oprah-Phil-Larry tour for her book, Cyndy described her former husband as, randomly, a sociopath, a pathological liar, fraudulent, immoral, dishonest, cold, aloof and asexual. (Asexual?) Yet she still has his love letters.
Cyndy has become so enraged at Steve that at various times she has kicked a dent in his car, ripped his shirt, slapped his face and slapped his accountant's face. Cyndy denies only the last. She said on Donahue that she hadn't received a dime of child support or alimony. Steve forthwith produced canceled checks. She wrote in her book that Steve had been ordered by the court to undergo psychiatric counseling. Actually, the court ordered Steve and the two daughters to go through the standard evaluation process in a visitation-rights case. "My ex-wife has one purpose in life," says Garvey. "To bring her ex-husband down."
Be that as it may, events of the fall and winter of 1988-89 showed that Garvey was doing a pretty good job of it himself.
Bumper sticker: HONK IF YOU'RE CARRYING STEVE GARVEY'S BABY. Bob Hope: "I haven't seen so many gorgeous girls since I spent Father's Day with Steve Garvey." Letter in the L.A. Times: "It's been a long time since Steve Garvey went two for two." T-shirt: STEVE GARVEY IS NOT MY PADRE.
Once in a while even Garvey will laugh at it all. One day, after hugging a woman, he said to her, "Uh-oh, that was a long one. You're going to have twins."
Not that it has been a lot of laughs for the women involved, or, for that matter, for him. It probably has ruined his prospects for the political career he was hoping to have. As a result of the revelations about his sex life, he lost a cable TV base-ball-for-kids show to Reggie Jackson, and he resigned his position on the board of trustees at the University of San Diego, a Catholic school, after the local bishop called him a sociopath. There were so many jokes about him on this year's Academy Awards show that his daughters turned off the TV. And when ads bearing his picture began appearing on the sides of San Diego buses, plugging his morning radio talk show, somebody wrote "Creep" across his face on one of them.
Steve Garvey? Creep?
•August 1987: Garvey, who has been involved for a year with 5'4", doe-eyed, Atlanta-based CNN assignment editor Rebecka Mendenhall, gets serious. But he doesn't get around to mentioning Mendenhall to longtime girlfriend Ross. Or Ross to Mendenhall. Ross says, "I'd pick him up at the airport and say, 'I thought you were coming in from Dallas." And he'd say, 'Oh, no, we had to go to Atlanta to meet with Coke.' "