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.
"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 Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#248 | Checklist )
Gene Stephens Pitching Stats
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Gene Stephens Hitting Stats
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 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 Red Sox||LF||21||19||501||42||2.0||41||39||2||1||0||n/a||n/a||n/a||.976||2.21|
|1960 Red Sox||RF||8||6||162||10||1.3||8||8||0||2||0||n/a||n/a||n/a||.800||1.33|
|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|
Gene Stephens Miscellaneous Stats
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|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||-||-||-|
|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||-||-||-|
Gene Stephens Miscellaneous Items of Interest
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|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||-||-|
|Gene Stephens Stats by Baseball Almanac|
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
, tied Gene on
June 27, 2003
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.
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 .