Hal Bevan

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Hal Bevan
Bevan in 1953.
Third baseman
Born: (1930-11-15)November 15, 1930
New Orleans, Louisiana
Died: October 5, 1968(1968-10-05) (aged 37)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 24, 1952, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
May 13, 1961, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average .292
Hits 7
Home runs 1

Harold Joseph Bevan (November 15, 1930 – October 5, 1968) was an American professional baseball player.

A longtime minor league first baseman, catcher and third baseman, he was a pinch hitter and backup third baseman in Major League Baseball who had brief trials for the Boston Red Sox (1952), Philadelphia (1952) and Kansas City Athletics (1955), and Cincinnati Reds (1961). Bevan batted and threw right-handed, stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 198 pounds (90 kg). He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. His cousin, George Strickland, was a Major League shortstop, coach and manager.

Bevan's playing career was plagued by serious injuries. A broken leg curtailed his 1952 rookie season, a hand injury hampered his final MLB trial with the 1961 Reds, and he also broke his jaw and an ankle and was seriously beaned during his minor league career.

In parts of three Major League seasons, Bevan was a .292 hitter with one home run and five RBI in 15 games played. His home run, a solo shot, came as a pinch hitter off Vinegar Bend Mizell of the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 12, 1961.[1] The following day, Bevan made his final Major League appearance, striking out as a pinch hitter against another Pirate left-hander, Joe Gibbon.[2] He was sent to the Triple-A Jersey City Jerseys on May 18. Despite his brief term with the team, he was featured in Cincinnati relief pitcher Jim Brosnan's memoir of the Reds' 1961 season, Pennant Race. During his long minor league career (1948–51; 1953–62), Bevan compiled a batting average of .295 with 1,618 hits and 90 home runs. He led the Venezuelan Winter League with a .351 average in the 1954–55 season.

Bevan died from a kidney infection[3] in his native New Orleans at the age of 37. At the time of his death, he was a scout for the Atlanta Braves.


  1. ^ Retrosheet box score: 1961-05-12
  2. ^ Retrosheet box score: 1961-05-13
  3. ^ The Dead Ball Era.com

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