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AMERICA'S Sweetheart
Rick Reilly
November 27, 1989
Life may seem an idyll for Steve Garvey and his new wife, Candace (left), but baseball's Mr. Clean is the butt of jokes about his sex life, and he says he is broke
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November 27, 1989

America's Sweetheart

Life may seem an idyll for Steve Garvey and his new wife, Candace (left), but baseball's Mr. Clean is the butt of jokes about his sex life, and he says he is broke

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Who wouldn't believe a man as romantic as Garvey? He would find out what a woman's favorite song was, frame the sheet music and give it to her. If it was her 34th birthday, he would send 34 roses. He wrote love poems. Margo Adams told Penthouse that Garvey was a nicer guy and a better lover than Wade Boggs. He took his women to the La Jolla Polo shop and outfitted them in his favorite clothes. When Mendenhall was hospitalized last July, he slept in the lounge chair next to the bed, holding her hand. He may have been a rake, but he was their rake.

•January 1988: Garvey, who became a free agent when the Padres refused to resign him after the '87 season, retires from baseball. He subsequently campaigns unsuccessfully to become president of the team.

•July 1988: Garvey finds out that San Diego medical products sales representative Cheryl Ann Moulton is pregnant with his child. They had been dating for six months. "The first date was much more fun than I thought it would be, so we went out again," says Garvey. "And then four or five other times we never left her apartment.

"I was led to believe she was taking responsibility for birth control. If you want to become pregnant, you just don't use whatever you're using. I have to feel that she probably did [want to become pregnant]."

Even though a DNA test last winter proved that Garvey was the father of Moulton's baby, he waited until last month, when a San Diego Superior Court ordered him to make child-support payments, to begin helping her out. Garvey has expressed no interest in seeing his now nine-month-old daughter, and Moulton has refused comment.

•August 1988: Garvey convinces Ross, who has found out about Mendenhall, that it's nothing serious. He juggles the two of them deftly. At 8 p.m., San Diego time, he would call Mendenhall in Atlanta and tuck her in. "Then he'd spend the night at my house," says Ross.

•Nov. 25, 1988: Garvey gets down on one knee and says to Mendenhall, "Darling, will you marry me?" Mendenhall doesn't have to answer; her kisses do. Not that he wants to marry her. of course. "She gave me an ultimatum. I thought I would grow into loving her," he says.

They decide to get married on April 1. "There's some irony in that, isn't there?" says Mendenhall. (More irony. Mendenhall gave birth to a son on Friday, Oct. 13.)

•Christmas 1988: Four women in Garvey's life—Ross, Mendenhall, Krisha and Whitney—all get the same gift: gold pins from Tiffany's in the shape of three X's—for kisses. "How was I supposed to know they'd all gang up and compare notes?" Garvey says.

•New Year's Day. 1989: On the way to his ski condo in Deer Valley, Utah, he tells Krisha and Whitney that he's engaged to Mendenhall. When Krisha calls Cyndy to tell her, Cyndy begins screaming. Mendenhall, who was with Steve when Krisha called, says Cyndy was upset because Steve was taking on new obligations while he still owed her $25,000.

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