Born: July 24, 1927|
Died: June 2, 2013 (aged 85)|
Las Vegas, Nevada
|April 20, 1948, for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 18, 1959, for the Kansas City Athletics|
|Runs batted in||262|
Preston Meyer Ward (July 24, 1927 – June 2, 2013) was an American professional baseball first baseman. He played nine seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1948 and 1959 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, and Kansas City Athletics.
Ward got opportunities in the major leagues twice—in 1948 and 1950—before finally "sticking" in 1953. He became a utility player/platoon player, seeing most of his action as a first baseman (438 games at first base vs. 95 in the outfield vs. 74 at third base).
His batting numbers are low for a first baseman. His career batting average is .253, while the league average for the years he played is .269. His highest home run total was 12, and his highest RBI total was 48. He only twice made double-digits for home runs.
He was born in Columbia, Missouri, United States.