Dave Stevens (athlete)

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Dave Stevens
Dave Stevens at bat.jpg
Stevens with the Saint Paul Saints in 1996.
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 (Wickenburg, 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 outfield 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 worked as the Assignment Desk Manager at ESPN then as the Coverage and Content editor. He worked at ESPN for 20 years. 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 currently works at FiOS1 News in Rye Brook, NY

He also co-hosts a Celebrity Amputee Golf tournament yearly in the Orlando area that recently celebrated its 10th year.

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 joined the WWAFT Amputee Football Team www.wwaft.org as a Quarterback and Defensive Lineman. He continues to tour with the team as they take on NFL alumni and raise awareness for our wounded military heroes. Stevens has played in 12 games with the WWAFT team and they are 12-0 vs NFL Competition.

In 2016 Stevens started working with Author John Regan on his autobiography.

Stevens is also a highly sought after professional motivational speaker. www.davesimpossibledream.com and now works for the Dave Clark Foundation www.daveclarkfoundation.org

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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