Chuck Essegian

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Chuck Essegian
Left fielder
Born: (1931-08-09) August 9, 1931 (age 87)
Boston, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 15, 1958, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1963, for the Kansas City Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average .255
Home runs 47
Runs batted in 150
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Charles Abraham "Chuck" Essegian (born August 9, 1931) is an American former professional baseball left fielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Athletics, and Cleveland Indians. He also played one season in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Kintetsu Buffaloes.[1]

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Essegian attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. He entered the majors in 1958 with the Philadelphia Phillies, playing for them one year before joining the St. Louis Cardinals (1959), Los Angeles Dodgers (1959–1960), Baltimore Orioles (1961), Kansas City Athletics (1961, 1963) and Cleveland Indians (1961–1962). His most productive season came in 1962, when he posted career numbers in batting average (.274), runs (59), hits (92), doubles (12), home runs (21), runs batted in (50) and games played (106).[1]

In a six-season career, Essegian was a .255 hitter (260-for-1018) with 47 home runs and 150 RBI in 1018 games.[1]

During the 1959 World Series, Essegian set a Series record with two pinch-hit home runs against the Chicago White Sox. The mark would be matched by Bernie Carbo of the Boston Red Sox, who pinch-hit homers against the Cincinnati Reds in the 1975 Series.[2]

Following his career in the majors, Essegian played for the Kintetsu Buffaloes of the Pacific League in 1964. He also played twelve Minor league seasons between 1953 and 1959, registering a .311 average with 97 homers in 1422 games appearances.[3][4]

Essegian is one of only two men to have played in both the Rose Bowl and the World Series. He played for Stanford University in the 1952 Rose Bowl event and appeared with the Dodgers in the 1959 Series. Jackie Jensen was the first to appear in both, while playing for University of California (1949) and the Yankees (1950), respectively.[5]

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