Edward Thomas Miksis
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Eddie Miksis, who spent much of his 14-year career as a utility infielder, died on April 8, 2005 in Huntington Valley, Pa. He was 78.
He hit .236 in his major league career with 44 home runs, 228 RBI and 52 stolen bases.
Miksis was 17 years old when he made his major-league debut on June 17, 1944 with Brooklyn. He hit .220 in 91 at-bats with 11 RBI. He served in the Navy for nearly two years and returned to play with the Dodgers at the end of the 1946 season.
In June 1951, the Dodgers traded Miksis, along with Bruce Edwards, Joe Hatten and Gene Hermanski to the Cubs for Johnny Schmitz, Rube Walker, Andy Pafko and Wayne Terwilliger.
In 1953, he had a career-high 577 at-bats with the Cubs and hit eight home runs, drove in 39 runs and stole 13 bases.
He appeared in eight World Series Games -- five with the Dodgers in 1947 and three with the Dodgers in 1949. He collected three hits in 11 at-bats.
He did play a part in World Series history in 1947 when the Yankees' Bill Bevens was one out away from pitching the first no-hitter in series history. Brooklyn's Cookie Lavagetto hit a two-run double to break up the no-hitter and Miksis scored on the play to win the game for the Dodgers.
He was traded to the Cardinals in 1957 and finished up his career with Baltimore (1957-1958) and Cincinnati (1958).
According to his obituary, Miksis became a businessman in Philadelphia following his retirement from baseball.