John Herman Stephenson
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.
- School William Carey College
- High School South Portsmouth High School
- Debut April 14, 1964
- Final Game September 29, 1973
- Born April 13, 1941 in South Portsmouth, KY USA
"It was me, Yogi Berra, Warren Spahn, (scout) Red Murff and him . . . They told him to throw a fastball, but he didn't tell me. He hit me on the left side of my collarbone and I had to miss a week." - John Stephenson, about catching Nolan Ryan when Ryan was first signed
Catcher John Stephenson played 10 years in the big leagues. He also had 8 seasons in the minors, primarily in Triple-A ball. He managed 6 seasons in the minors.
From 1974-1984 he coached at his alma mater, William Carey College, and from 1985-1990 he coached at Southeastern Louisiana University. After that he coached and managed in the minors and worked as a bullpen catcher at the major league level. He was a coach for the Kingsport Mets in 1994, St. Lucie Mets in 2001, and Capital City Bombers in 2002. He later returned to Southeastern Louisiana as assistant coach.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|1995||GCL Mets||Gulf Coast League||38-19||2nd||New York Mets|
|1996||Kingsport Mets||Appalachian League||48-19||1st||New York Mets||Lost League Finals|
|1997||Capital City Bombers||South Atlantic League||66-50||3rd||New York Mets||Lost in 1st round||replaced Doug Mansolino (11-13) on June 18|
|1998||GCL Mets||Gulf Coast League||24-35||13th||New York Mets|
|1999||GCL Mets||Gulf Coast League||39-21||1st||New York Mets||League Champs|
|2000||Capital City Bombers||South Atlantic League||56-81||12th (t)||New York Mets|