September 28, 1981 12:00 PM

Before the start of the baseball season (the first one), L.A. Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey said he and TV personality wife Cyndy enjoyed a marriage as strong as his throwing arm. “There are odds all over the place of us getting a divorce,” he said. “I tell people, ‘Don’t bet on it, because you’re going to lose.’ ” Alas, the detractors have beaten the odds: Garvey, 32, has been called out at home. He and Cyndy have separated after 10 years and have announced they are getting divorced.

The announcement came earlier this month after ex-model Cyndy quit her estimated $75,000-a-year co-host job on AM Los Angeles. She never publicly offered a reason, but bicoastal gossips have placed Cyndy on the arm of Carole Bayer Sager’s ex, composer Marvin Hamlisch, saying she helped him pick out his new home in swanky Kings Point on Long Island. Marvin will say only: “I’m not talking about my personal life. Being a creative artist does not require that.” Cyndy will say nothing.

The Garveys met as students at Michigan State and married in 1971, after Cyndy had graduated and Steve had been drafted by the Dodgers. The veneer of their storybook marriage was cracked last year when Inside Sports published an article titled “Trouble in Paradise,” in which Cyndy was quoted on her emotional and sexual qualms about Steve. At first the Garveys forged a united front, socking the magazine with an $11.2 million libel action. That suit was settled suddenly in July, out of court, for what is said to be a six-figure sum. Now they’ll presumably be splitting that up along with their community property, which includes homes in the San Fernando Valley and Malibu. They have two children: Krisha, 6, and Whitney, 5.

What went wrong? Those who know the couple say it was Cyndy’s love of being her own All-Star. “Sometimes, I feel stifled by the responsibilities of being married,” Cyndy once said. “One day I want to conquer the world, the next day I’m too tired to think about washing dishes.”

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