Dave Stevens (athlete)

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Dave Stevens
Dave Stevens at bat.jpg
1996 with the Saint Paul Saints.
Born (1966-01-12)January 12, 1966
Occupation Athlete and sports broadcast professional.

Dave Stevens (born January 12, 1966) is an athlete and a 7 time Emmy Award winning sports broadcasting professional. Stevens, a congenital amputee, is the only athlete ever to play college football or minor league baseball without legs.[1]

Stevens played minor league baseball for the St. Paul Saints in 1996. He was a college athlete at Augsburg College where he played varsity football, baseball and Wrestled.[1]

While at Augsburg College, Stevens also traveled to Ireland, Australia and New Zealand to play football for team USA. He has been featured on "That's Incredible" (1981) CBS Morning News, The Today Show, Good Morning America, This Week in Baseball, Baseball Tonight, Extra, USA Today, That's Incredible Reunion (2002) Sports Illustrated, Baseball America, The National Enquirer, Star Magazine, People, ESPN's SportsCenter and hundreds of other news and sports periodicals. He also appears in 2 books about his career "Slouching Toward Fargo" by Neal Karlan and "Baseball Graffiti" by Ed Howsam.

At Wickenburg High School (Arizona), 1980-1984, Stevens was a three-sport athlete playing football, baseball and wrestling. He set three Arizona state records: most takedowns in wrestling, most career baseball walks, and the season record for walks.[2]

He stands 3-foot 2-inches tall and runs using his hands. During his time with the Saints he was proficient at catching fly balls that landed within 25 feet of him. Marty Scott was the Saints manager when Stevens played, "He touched a place in my heart," Scott said. "He's limited physically, but it's not a handicap. I have admiration for what he's accomplished."[3] Stevens is also one of the few players to ever Pinch Hit for Darryl Strawberry in his professional career. Stevens also started 1 game at 2nd base with the Saints.

Dave has tried out for the Dallas Cowboy's, the Cincinnati Reds and the Minnesota Twins. He was also invited to the Olympic Baseball West Regional tryouts in 1983, playing in the oufield with former Major League players Barry Bonds and Oddibie McDowell. He has also worked out with the Tampa Rays and Minnesota Twins in Florida, taking batting and fielding practice, as well as throwing out the first pitch in 3 games.

Dave Stevens works as the Assignment Desk Manager at ESPN. He has been at ESPN since 1995. He has covered 11 Super Bowls, 3 World Series, 3 NCAA Final Fours, and various other historic sports Events. He's a father of three boys and is a motivational speaker.[1] Prior to ESPN he worked at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis.

He also co-hosts a Celebrity Amputee Golf tournament yearly in the Orlando area.

In 2012 Wickenburg High School renamed their Most Valuable Player award to the "Dave Stevens Hustle Award" in honor of his amazing career at the High School in the 1980s.

In November 2013, Stevens played Quarterback for the NFL Alumni against the Wounded Warriors Football team. He will play again for them January 29 at the Super Bowl game they are playing in the NY/NJ area.

Stevens is also a professional motivational speaker.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Spencer, Sheldon (April 17, 2011). "Sidelines: Stevens’ spring training". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  2. ^ Tougas, Chelsea (March 12, 2012). "Dave Stevens Encourages Students to Follow Their Dreams". Worcester State University. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  3. ^ Ziegal, Vic (May 21, 1996). "Impossible Dream Dave Stevens Of St. Paul, Born Without Legs, Is Minor Miracle In The Making". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 

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