Problems are the price you pay for progress. -Branch Rickey- Every strike
brings me closer to to the next home run. -Babe Ruth- You can't think and
hit at the same time. -Yogi Berra- Baseball is ninety percent mental and
the other half is physical. -Yogi Berra- Ability is the art of getting
credit for all the home runs somebody else hits. -Casey Stengel- It's a
great day to play two. -Ernie Banks- A baseball manager is a necessary
evil. -Sparkey Anderson- There are only two seasons - winter and Baseball.
-Bill Veeck- Content Slideshow
caught in the Major Leagues with the Giants, Cubs and White Sox during
the years from 1943-1947. After managing in the minor leagues he started
scouting in 1963 with the Boston Red Sox.
He was a native of Detroit, Michigan, and an alumnus of Michigan State
University and Western Michigan University.
when Boston won 94 games and played in the World Series against the Big
Red Machine, the Cincinnati Reds, Joe had four players he had
signed that were major contributors to the team, and they were Fred Lynn,
Dwight Evans, and
Rick Burleson. Joe also had signed a pitcher out of the University
of Southern California in the 22nd round in 1968 that went 17-9 that
year and helped anchor the pitching staff,
Bill Lee. Bill from 1973 -1975 won 17 games each year.
Fred Lynn in 1975 went on to win
Most Valuable Player in the American League and also
a Golden Glove award. He also won three other Golden Glove
Dwight Evans went on to win six Golden Glove Awards, and hit 385
Rick Burleson in 1975 was the glue that held the infield
together and finished 13th in the Most Valuable Player Award in the American
Bill Lee in 1975 finished 23rd in the Most Valuable Player
Award in the American League. All signed by the same Scout Joe
Joe had many proud moments in his scouting career, but none more proud that he
had a son and a grandson sign a Professional Baseball Contract.
Jerry Stephenson, his son, pitched
seven years in the Major Leagues and went on to scout for the Dodgers and the
Red Sox, the team he signed with.
Brian Stephenson, was a pitcher and
a second-round pick for the Chicago Cubs in 1994. He played five years,
getting as high as Double A. He currently works for the Los Angeles
As Pat Gillick a Hall of
Famer in his own right, appropriately said "When they open the Hall of Fame
to scouts," "Big Joe will be one of the first men in the