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Steve Garvey underwent surgery

Steve Garvey underwent surgery for prostate cancer in October, the former National League MVP said Friday.

"This past fall, I was thrown a nasty curve and battled prostate cancer," Garvey said in a statement. "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."

Garvey, 64, also announced he will auction off much of his sports memorabilia, in part to raise money for cancer research.

Among the items that will go up for auction in April are Garvey's 1974 NL MVP trophy, his 1981 World Series ring, his 1977 and 1978 NL Championship Series rings, his 1974 Gold Glove, his nine All-Star rings and the warmup jacket he wore for his final game for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1982. Seventy percent of the money raised from the auction will go to prostate cancer research.

Garvey played from 1969-87 for the Dodgers and San Diego Padres, batting .294 with 272 home runs and 1,308 RBIs.