Joe Stephenson

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Joe Stephenson
Born: (1921-06-30)June 30, 1921
Detroit, Michigan
Died: September 20, 2001(2001-09-20) (aged 80)
Fullerton, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 19, 1943, for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
July 11, 1947, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average .179
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 4

Joseph Chester Stephenson (June 30, 1921 – September 20, 2001) was a catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Giants (1943), Chicago Cubs (1944) and Chicago White Sox (1947). Stephenson batted and threw right-handed. He was the father of Jerry Stephenson.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, and an alumnus of Michigan State University and Western Michigan University, Stephenson caught in part of three seasons in the 1940s. He posted a .179 batting average (12-for-67) with eight runs and four RBI in 29 games played.

Following his retirement, Stephenson gained most of his fame as a scout for the Boston Red Sox based in Orange County, California, signing future All-Stars Rick Burleson, Dwight Evans, Bill Lee and Fred Lynn, while working exclusively for the organization.

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