Ed Stevens (baseball)
Stevens' 1949 Bowman Gum baseball card
January 12, 1925|
|Died: July 22, 2012
|August 9, 1945, for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1950, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Runs batted in||193|
Edward Lee "Big Ed" Stevens (January 12, 1925 – July 22, 2012) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1945 through 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates. Listed at 6' 1", 190 lb., he batted and threw left-handed.
Although he had been the regular in that season, Stevens was replaced at first base by Jackie Robinson in 1947. He appeared in just five games and was sent to Triple-A Montreal Royals, where he hit .290 with 27 homers and 108 RBI in 133 games. During the off-season, he was purchased along with Stan Rojek by the Pirates from the Dodgers.
Stevens opened 1948 with Pittsburgh, where he replaced retired Hank Greenberg. As a regular at first base, he posted career numbers in games (128), at-bats (468), runs, hits, RBI (69) and matched his career-best of 10 home runs, which were third-best on the team.
Stevens was used sparingly for the next two seasons before returning to the minors in 1951. He finished with a .252 average in 375 major league games.
Following his playing days, Stevens went on to a long career as a coach, which included working with the San Diego Padres in part of the 1981 season in order for him to qualify for pension benefits, and scouting.
Stevens was still doing the latter until he retired in 1989.
- "Baseball Reference – Major league profile".
- 1945 Brooklyn Dodgers
- 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers
- Conference of California Historical Societies – Baseball Forced Change in Social Mores. Article by Jack Kipp, Folsom Historical Society.
- "Baseball Reference – Minor league career".
- 1948 Pittsburgh Pirates
- San Diego Padres All-Time Coaches
- "Big" Ed Stevens, Brooklyn Dodger Hall of Fame: The Other Side of the Jackie Robinson Story pg. 122
- Rochester hosts IL Hall of Fame ceremony
- Ed Stevens, a Dodger Replaced by Jackie Robinson, Dies at 87