September 19, 1960 |
|April 5, 1989, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 4, 1992, for the San Diego Padres|
|Runs batted in||29|
While playing for the Shockers of Wichita State University under his older brother, Gene, Phil hit safely in what was then the longest hitting streak in Division I history, 47 straight games in 1981. His record was broken by Oklahoma State's Robin Ventura, with 58 hits in 1987. He was also the victim of one of the most famous plays in College World Series history - The Grand Illusion play by Miami in 1982.
Stephenson was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 1983 Major League Baseball Draft by the Oakland Athletics. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs before the 1986 season, and made his major league debut with them in 1989. That September, he was traded to the San Diego Padres, and finished his major league career with them in 1992. He played two more seasons of minor league baseball in the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals organizations before retiring.
Managerial and coaching
Stephenson managed in the minor leagues for two seasons in the mid-1990s, winning a league championship with the independent Abilene Prairie Dogs in 1996. He is currently the head baseball coach for Dodge City Community College.