Thursday, January 15, 2015

#357 Phil Stephenson

About the Front: I wonder if Phil Stephenson ever dressed as John Kruk for Halloween.

About the Back: This is Stephenson's entire major league stat record, as he never played in the bigs after 1992. With those dreadful numbers in his last season, it's no wonder.

Triple Play:

1. He played at Wichita State University for his older brother Gene, who was the Shockers' head coach for 36 years.

2. Phil set an NCAA record (later broken by Robin Ventura) with a 47-game hitting streak.

3. Stephenson managed the independent Texas-Louisiana League's Abilene Prairie Dogs to a championship in 1996, and also spent a year the Cape Fear Crocs, a low-level affiliate of the Expos. In 2006, he took a head coaching job at Dodge City Community College in Kansas.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: If I had researched Phil's collegiate career as a kid, I would've been shocked to learn that this dumpy-looking guy once stole 87 bases in a season.

Bill James Said: He did not say, as Stephenson split 1993 between AAA Omaha and the Mexican League.

On This Date in 1993: January 15. Musician Sammy Cahn, who cowrote "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", "Love and Marriage", and "High Hopes", among others, dies in Los Angeles at age 79.

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