OLDEST LIVING MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER CHUCK STEVENS- DEAD AT 99

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The oldest living major league baseball player Chuck Stevens died on Memorial Day at the age of 99. Stevens played first base for the St. Louis Browns in parts of 1941, 1946 and 1948. After spending the 1942 season in the minor leagues he spent three years in the Air Force during World War II serving in the Pacific Theater. He came back and played parts of 1946 and 1948 before going back to the minors where he finished his career in 1954.

The switch-hitting Stevens was a good defensive player but lacked power at the plate which kept him from more playing time at the big league level. His overall stats- 4 home runs, 55 RBI with a .251 career batting average. He was the first hitter to get a hit off of the great Satchel Paige when Paige got to the major leagues in 1948.

Stevens also appeared in two baseball movies- The Stratton Story and The Winning Team.

The oldest living MLB player is now Fred Caligiuri who is 99- born October 22, 1918.

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6 responses to “OLDEST LIVING MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER CHUCK STEVENS- DEAD AT 99

  1. Imagine the stories this guy could tell. I’m so thankful for Ken Burn’s Baseball that we got to hear people like Buck O’Neil tell about their adventures.

    • Its feels odd how time passes. When I started following baseball there we still players around from the 00’s teens… with Bobby Doerr’s passing no one is left from the 30’s… it won’t be long until the same will be said about 1940’s players..

    • That is a classic! I have the CD’s too with the interviews Larry Ritter made. Essential for anyone interested in baseball history! I agree with you.

  2. It’s great hearing their voices- they were all old men at the time. Some great stories. I love the book but actually hearing them talk….amazing.. what a great idea that was to travel the country and track these old players down before it was too late.

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