LOS ANGELES — Steve Garvey, the retired All-Star first baseman who played for the San Diego Padres and whose clean image was sullied by revelations of sexual infidelity, was sued Wednesday by a woman who said he fathered her 2-year-old child.
Rebecka Mendenhall's Superior Court suit said she was engaged to Garvey when she became pregnant with her child, Slade, who was born Oct. 13, 1989. Garvey broke off the relationship before the child was born and married another woman.
The former baseball star admitted in 1989 that he had fathered the children of two women out of wedlock, including the Mendenhall baby. At the time, Garvey said he would assume responsibility for any offspring proven to be his.
Garvey's attorney, Dennis Wasser, said he hadn't seen the lawsuit and couldn't immediately discuss its merits.
The Mendenhall paternity action was originally filed in Georgia, but the Georgia Supreme Court dismissed the case, ruling jurisdiction belonged in California.