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Mr. Clean and the Bull
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On this week's Sports and Torts, David and Elliott are talking baseball, first with 10-time All-star and 1974 NL MVP Steve Garvey. Then we have former Phillies and White Sox Slugger Greg Luzinski, who was one of the top sluggers in MLB back in the 70's.
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Sports and Torts: Steve Garvey

David was thrilled to land Steve Garvey for the program. He was one of David's favorite players growing up, even though he was part of the 84 Padres squad that took out the Cubs in the playoffs. We look back on his career in LA and San Diego, as well as what he's been up to since leaving the game.
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Sports and Torts: Greg Luzinski

Greg “The Bull” Luzinski was a power-hitting left fielder for the Phillies in the 70s combining with Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt to become one of the National League’s most potent one-two punches or their time. After a decade in Philly, which included four All-Star appearances and a World Series win, he spent the last four years of his career with the White Sox as a fan favorite DH.
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Steve Garvey
Steven Patrick Garvey (born December 22, 1948), nicknamed "Mr. Clean" because of the squeaky clean image he held throughout his career in baseball, is an American former Major League Baseball first baseman and current Southern California businessman. Garvey was the 1974 NL MVP, ten-time All-Star, and holds the National League record for consecutive games played (1,207).

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Greg Luzinski
At 6'1' and 255 pounds, Luzinski was a well-liked member of the Phillies and a feared slugger who could also hit for average despite striking out frequently. While he was a mediocre defensive left fielder, he hit .300 or better for 3 consecutive seasons during the prime of his career, and was a career .276 hitter with 307 home runs and 1,128 RBIs. He was selected an All-Star between 1975 and 1978, hitting a home run off Jim Palmer in 1977 and being the top vote-getter for the National League in 1978. He was also MVP runner up in 1975 (when he led the National League in RBIs with 120) and 1977, when he posted career highs in batting average (.309), home runs (39) and RBIs (130). He hit safely in every game and had at least one home run in each of the 3 National League Championship Series played by the Phillies from 1976 to 1978, though Philadelphia did not advance to the World Series those years. In 1980, he suffered a major slump with injuries in the regular season, batting just .228 with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs in 106 games, but came back with 2 game-winning hits in the 1980 National League Championship Series: a two-out two-run home run in the bottom of the 6th inning in Game 1 (the only home run hit in the entire championship series) and a pinch-hit double in the top of the 10th in Game 4, as Philadelphia beat Houston in five games to finally make the World Series, where they defeated the Kansas City Royals to take the title. Those hits against Houston were perhaps the biggest hits of his career, and Luzinski once held the consecutive game hitting streak record for a Championship Series with 13. He joined the Chicago White Sox the next season, and became one of the top sluggers and designated hitters in the American League. With the White Sox, he was chosen the Designated Hitter of the Year for 1981 and also in 1983, the season when he set a then record for most home runs in a season by a designated hitter with 32, and thrice hit the roof of the old Comiskey Park in Chicago. Luzinski hit five home runs on five consecutive games, a franchise mark, which has since been tied by Ron Kittle, Frank Thomas (Twice), Carlos Lee, and Paul Konerko. Luzinski also hit grand slams in two consecutive games in 1984. Luzinski became a free agent at the end of the 1984 season but chose to retire on February 4, 1985.

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