John Stephenson

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John Herman Stephenson

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Biographical Information[edit]

"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.

Stephenson caught Nolan Ryan's first major league strikeout, and he was also the final out of Jim Bunning's perfect game.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
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

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