Preston Ward

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Preston Ward
First baseman
Born: (1927-07-24)July 24, 1927
Columbia, Missouri
Died: June 2, 2013(2013-06-02) (aged 85)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 20, 1948, for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
August 18, 1959, for the Kansas City Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average .253
Home runs 50
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.[1][2]

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.


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  2. ^ "Preston Ward Statistics and History". " Retrieved May 23, 2017.

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