Gene Stephens Stats

Gene Stephens was born on Friday, January 20, 1933, in Gravette, Arkansas. Stephens was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 16, 1952, with the Boston Red Sox. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Gene Stephens baseball stats page.

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"He (Gene Stephens) could run like a deer. If I had had that boy's speed, I know my lifetime average would have been twenty points higher." - Ted Williams in My Turn at Bat: The Story of My Life ( Ted Williams , Touchstone Publishing, March 15, 1988)

Gene Stephens

Gene Stephens Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#248 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991top05' title='1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Gene Stephens Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#248 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Glen Eugene Stephens
Nickname:
Gene
Born On:
01-20-1933  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Gravette, Arkansas
Year of Death Data Died On:
04-27-2019 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Granbury, Texas
Cemetery:
Not Yet Determined
High School:
Gravette High School (Gravette, AR)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-04
Player Weight Chart Weight:
175
First Game:
04-16-1952 (Age 19)
Last Game:
09-23-1964
Draft:
Not Applicable

Gene Stephens

Gene Stephens Pitching Stats

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Gene Stephens

Gene Stephens Hitting Stats

1952 19 Red Sox 21 53 10 12 5 0 0 0 5 3 0 8 1 0 0 1 .226 .268 .321
1953 20 Red Sox 78 221 30 45 6 2 3 0 18 29 0 56 2 0 2 1 .204 .302 .290
1955 22 Red Sox 109 157 25 46 9 4 3 0 18 20 0 34 1 3 2 1 .293 .374 .459
1956 23 Red Sox 104 63 22 17 2 0 1 0 7 12 0 12 0 0 0 1 .270 .387 .349
1957 24 Red Sox 120 173 25 46 6 4 3 0 26 26 1 20 0 5 0 1 .266 .353 .399
1958 25 Red Sox 134 270 38 59 10 1 9 0 25 22 1 46 1 1 1 5 .219 .279 .363
1959 26 Red Sox 92 270 34 75 13 1 3 1 39 29 0 33 4 3 4 3 .278 .353 .367
1960 27 Red Sox 35 109 9 25 4 0 2 0 11 14 0 22 0 2 0 0 .229 .312 .321
1960 27 Orioles 84 193 38 46 11 0 5 0 11 25 0 25 1 1 1 0 .238 .327 .373
1961 28 Orioles 32 58 4 11 2 0 0 0 2 14 0 7 0 0 0 0 .190 .347 .224
1961 28 Athletics 62 183 22 38 6 1 4 0 26 16 0 27 2 0 2 2 .208 .279 .317
1962 29 Athletics 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000
1963 30 White Sox 6 18 5 7 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 .389 .421 .556
1964 31 White Sox 82 141 21 33 4 2 3 0 17 21 3 28 4 3 2 1 .234 .335 .355
12 Years 964 1,913 283 460 78 15 37 1 207 233 5 322 17 18 14 16 .240 .325 .355

Gene Stephens

Gene Stephens Fielding Stats

1952 Red Sox LF 2 2 57 6 3.0 6 5 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.84
1952 Red Sox RF 11 10 255 20 1.8 19 19 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .950 2.01
1953 Red Sox LF 71 56 1,548 117 1.6 113 110 3 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .966 1.97
1953 Red Sox RF 3 1 39 4 1.3 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.77
1955 Red Sox CF 4 4 105 16 4.0 13 13 0 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .813 3.34
1955 Red Sox LF 71 25 915 79 1.1 77 70 7 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .975 2.27
1956 Red Sox CF 2 0 36 7 3.5 6 6 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .857 4.50
1956 Red Sox LF 70 1 465 53 0.8 53 51 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.08
1956 Red Sox RF 2 1 30 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.90
1957 Red Sox CF 6 5 141 9 1.5 9 9 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.72
1957 Red Sox LF 76 20 795 52 0.7 51 48 3 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .981 1.73
1957 Red Sox RF 11 10 291 15 1.4 15 14 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.39
1958 Red Sox CF 26 25 606 63 2.4 61 61 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.72
1958 Red Sox LF 93 32 1,176 92 1.0 90 86 4 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.07
1958 Red Sox RF 3 2 75 4 1.3 4 3 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.44
1959 Red Sox CF 17 17 441 44 2.6 43 41 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.63
1959 Red Sox LF 61 40 1,224 90 1.5 88 81 7 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .978 1.94
1959 Red Sox RF 8 8 213 21 2.6 21 19 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.66
1960 Orioles CF 19 14 336 36 1.9 36 35 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.89
1960 Red Sox CF 5 4 108 10 2.0 10 10 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.50
1960 Orioles LF 35 2 219 16 0.5 16 16 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.97
1960 Red Sox LF 21 19 501 42 2.0 41 39 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.21
1960 Orioles RF 42 31 807 78 1.9 77 74 3 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .987 2.58
1960 Red Sox RF 8 6 162 10 1.3 8 8 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .800 1.33
1961 Athletics CF 29 26 651 77 2.7 75 72 3 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .974 3.11
1961 Orioles CF 5 5 102 8 1.6 8 7 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.12
1961 Orioles LF 27 9 309 22 0.8 22 22 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.92
1961 Athletics LF 6 5 126 9 1.5 8 8 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .889 1.71
1961 Athletics RF 25 16 450 39 1.6 38 35 3 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.28
1961 Orioles RF 6 4 105 8 1.3 8 7 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.06
1963 White Sox LF 2 2 54 3 1.5 3 1 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
1963 White Sox RF 3 3 72 8 2.7 7 7 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .875 2.63
1964 White Sox CF 25 17 432 49 2.0 47 46 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .959 2.94
1964 White Sox LF 32 14 456 40 1.3 39 38 1 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .975 2.31
1964 White Sox RF 7 3 96 6 0.9 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.69
LF Totals 567 227 7,845 621 1.1 607 575 32 14 4 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.09
CF Totals 138 117 2,958 319 2.3 308 300 8 11 3 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.81
RF Totals 129 95 2,595 214 1.7 208 197 11 6 4 n/a n/a n/a .972 2.16
11 Years 834 439 13,398 1,154 1.4 1,123 1,072 51 31 11 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.26

Gene Stephens

Gene Stephens Miscellaneous Stats

1952 Red Sox 4 2 .667 4 4 n/a 0.0 6.6 10.6 - - -
1953 Red Sox 3 3 .500 3 8 n/a 73.7 3.9 12.3 - - -
1955 Red Sox 0 0 .000 33 17 n/a 52.3 4.6 8.7 - - -
1956 Red Sox 0 1 .000 29 36 n/a 63.0 5.3 9.0 - - -
1957 Red Sox 0 2 .000 32 22 n/a 57.7 8.7 6.7 - - -
1958 Red Sox 1 2 .333 25 13 n/a 30.0 5.9 10.8 - - -
1959 Red Sox 5 2 .714 10 7 n/a 90.0 8.2 6.9 - - -
1960 Red Sox 5 1 .833 4 1 n/a 54.5 5.0 9.9 - - -
1960 Orioles 4 2 .667 8 15 n/a 38.6 7.7 17.5 - - -
1961 Orioles 1 1 .500 3 0 n/a 0.0 8.3 29.0 - - -
1961 Athletics 3 2 .600 10 2 n/a 45.8 6.8 7.0 - - -
1962 Athletics 0 0 .000 5 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 0.0 - - -
1963 White Sox 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 18.0 6.0 9.0 - - -
1964 White Sox 1 2 .333 24 4 n/a 47.0 5.0 8.3 - - -
12 Years 27 20 .574 191 129 n/a 51.7 5.9 9.2 - - -

Gene Stephens

Gene Stephens Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1952 Boston Red Sox 38 Undetermined - -
1953 Boston Red Sox 36 Undetermined - -
1955 Boston Red Sox 38 Undetermined - -
1956 Boston Red Sox 38 Undetermined - -
1957 Boston Red Sox 38 Undetermined - -
1958 Boston Red Sox 38 Undetermined - -
1959 Boston Red Sox 10 Undetermined - -
1960 Boston Red Sox 10 Undetermined - -
1960 Baltimore Orioles 8 , 18 Undetermined - -
1961 Baltimore Orioles 8 Undetermined - -
1961 Kansas City Athletics 3 Undetermined - -
1962 Kansas City Athletics 3 Undetermined - -
1963 Chicago White Sox 26 Undetermined - -
1964 Chicago White Sox 26 $13,500.00 - -
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Did you know that Gene Stephens was the first American League player to have three hits in the same inning [ June 18, 1953 | Hits in an Inning Records ]? Did you know he was the only player to accomplish that feat in the 20th century (three National League players had 3-hit innings, each during the 1800s), until Johnny Damon , tied Gene on June 27, 2003 )?
Gene Stephens Baseball Card
Gene Stephens Baseball Card | 1959 Topps Baseball Card (#261) | Baseball Almanac Collection

On June 18, 1953 , the Boston Red Sox scored a record setting [ Runs Scored in an Inning Records ] seventeen runs in the seventh inning. The previous record, for the seventh inning, was also held by the Red Sox (14 on July 14, 1948 ).

Gene Stephens, Sammy White , Tom Umphlett , Johnny Lipon ,and George Kell each had a Major League record tying three plate appearances in the inning [ Plate Appearances in an Inning Records ], but only Stephens had three hits in his three plate appearances - two singles and a double.

Boston Red Sox 17-Run Inning
The Kingsport News (Kingsport, Tennessee) | June 19, 1953 | Page 7
Baseball Digest . Six years after that article, Joe Snyder (Syndicated. Sports Beat. April 28, 1964) truly went "beyond the stats" in this wonderful biographic article:

Can Gene Stephens Come Back?

GENE STEPHENS in 31 years old and, he would like to think, capable of playing several more seasons in the major leagues. The fellow who served five years as Ted Williams ' backup man at Boston has embarked on a comeback with the Chicago White Sox, but the willowy outfielder isn't convinced that was the smartest thing to do.

I had occasion to spend a couple of leisurely hours with Stephens in Miami, Fla., during spring training and heard the story of his life from the man himself. The White Sox were in Miami for a night game with the Orioles and that afternoon Gene was taking advantage of a warm, penetrating sun to bask in the freshness of the outdoors. We chanced to meet on the rooftop sundeck of the McAllister Hotel, and Stephens was in a rather talkative mood. He seemed to enjoy tracing his life as a ballplayer, a life plagued by frustration, he admitted.

"I've been in the big leagues nearly ten years," Stephens began, "but my career has been filled with disappointment. Any guy is happy merely to be a major leaguer, of course, but everyone wants to play regularly. At Boston, I played behind Ted Williams . On a lot of clubs, I believe I could have been a regular."

But playing in the shadow of the fabled " Thumper " was not the only factor which prevented Stephens from attaining stardom. The injury jinx has been especially cruel to Gene, he was noting.

"When I went to Baltimore in 1960," Stephens remembered, "I played the whole time there with a cracked wrist. I was operated on after the season ended but then, in 1961 at Kansas City, I hurt my knee in midsummer. The rest of the season, I had to have it drained once a week. I never was really right."

Doctor Said He'd Never Play Again

INCIDENTALLY, the surgeon who operated on Stephens imparted a pessimistic bit of news after the cutting job was over. "The doctor told me he didn't think I ever would play baseball again," Gene explained, "but the knee gave me no trouble last season and I haven't experienced any difficulty this year."

Stephens played in only five games in Kansas City in 1962 and came to bat just four times without collecting a base hit. Many figured his career was over, a bit prematurely.

However, Gene had a friend in Al Lopez , the White Sox manager who promised him another shot at a major league job if he spent a year on the farm at Indianapolis. Stephens accepted the challenge, compiled a .304 stick mark in 137 games at Triple-A, socked 17 homers and drove in 72 runs. This performance warranted his recall by the parent club.

Gene Pondered Business Opportunity

OVER THE WINTER, Gene pondered his decision - whether to give it another try in baseball, now that he had the opportunity - or quit the game and enter the business world.

"I've been living in Oklahoma City, and I like it there quite a lot," Stephens noted. "I had a fine business opportunity offered me with a growing company which promised rapid advancement. I thought a great deal about taking it, but I realized I would always regret if if I didn't attempt a baseball comeback. I would not have been at peace with myself, and so here I am."

Stephens is fully cognizant of the fact that breaking into the Chicago picket patrol is not an easy assignment, and his fondest hope now probably is to hang on as a second-line outfielder. This is a role with which Gene Stephens long has been familiar.

When the quintet of Red Sox players had their record tying three plate appearances in an inning (mentioned above), they tied the American League record set by their own teammate, Ted Williams , set on July 4, 1948 . Since then, two additional junior circuit players have joined the record setters; Darryl Hamilton on April 19, 1996 , and Johnny Damon on June 27, 2003 .

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