Benjamin Styron Wade
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Ben Wade, a pitcher for Brooklyn in the 1950s and a former director of scouting for the Dodgers, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at the age of 80. He had been battling cancer.
Wade made his debut for the Chicago Cubs in 1948. He appeared in the majors again in 1952 with the Dodgers and had the best year of his career. In 180 innings, he compiled an 11-9 record and 3 saves with a 3.60 ERA.
In 1953, he pitched 90.1 inning, finished with a 7-5 record, 3 saves and a 3.79 ERA. He appeared in 2 games in the World Series against the Yankees, but gave up 4 earned runs in 2.1 innings pitched.
In 1955, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Paul LaPalme.
As a batter, he had just 11 hits in 118 at-bats. However, four of those hits were home runs. On July 6, 1952, he had 2 home runs in a game against the Braves.
Wade became a scout for the Dodgers in 1962 and became director of scouting in 1973. He retired in 1990.
During his time as scouting director, the Dodgers drafted such players as Mike Piazza, Rick Sutcliffe, Orel Hershiser and Mike Scioscia.
His brother, Jake Wade, compiled a 27-40 record in 8 seasons.