Stephen F. Ladew
- Bats Unknown, Throws Unknown
- Debut September 27, 1889
- Final Game September 28, 1889
- Born 1863
- Died January 10, 1895 in Trenton, MO USA
Steve Ladew played two games - one as a pitcher and one as an outfielder - for the Kansas City Cowboys of the American Association in 1889. He later played for the Ottumwa Coal Palaces in 1890 and 1891 and worked for the railroad.
He maried the British-born Mary Nevin in Ottumwa, IA around 1891 and in 1892 a daughter named Ophelia was born. However, he died shortly thereafter, as Mary is listed as living with Ophelia and one John Moffitt in the 1900 census. Recent research has unearthed a death certificate for Stephen Ladue dated January 10, 1895. The cause of death is listed as typhoid fever and various articles in the Trenton (MO) Evening Republican confirm that this is the same person as Steve Ladew. The newspaper adds that Ladew was a fireman for the Rock Island railway who was remembered as a quiet and unassuming gentleman and as a pitcher for the local ball club. He was buried in Mount Olive Cemetery in Lemay, MO, near St. Louis, MO.
- "Stephen Ladew", in Bill Carle, ed.: Biographical Research Committee Report, SABR, March/April 2009, pp. 1-2.