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Steve Hamilton

For other people with this name, see Steve Hamilton (disambiguation).
Steve Hamilton
Born: (1935-11-30)November 30, 1935
Columbia, Kentucky
Died: December 2, 1997(1997-12-02) (aged 62)
Morehead, Kentucky
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 23, 1961 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
August 16, 1972 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
Win-loss record 40-31
Strikeouts 531
Earned run average 3.05

Steven Absher Hamilton (November 30, 1935 – December 2, 1997) was a Major League Baseball (MLB) and NBA player.[1]

He was mostly a relief pitcher during his 12 MLB seasons, including a stint as the New York Yankees closer during the 1968 season. In 421 career games (17 starts) from 1961 to 1972 he had a 40–31 record with 42 saves and a 3.05 earned run average. He pitched 1 inning during the Yankees 1963 World Series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers and 2 innings during the Yankees 1964 World Series loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, including 1 save. He also pitched in the 1971 NLCS for the San Francisco Giants.

His one complete game shutout was on August 5, 1966, against the Cleveland Indians, while pitching for the New York Yankees. He gave up 5 hits, walked 1 and struck out 3. It was one of only 3 starts he had in the 1966 season.

Late in his career Hamilton threw the famed "folly-floater," a high, slow YouTube.

From 1958 to 1960 he was a power forward/center for the Minneapolis Lakers.[1] He played for the 1958/59 team that lost to the Boston Celtics during the 1959 NBA Finals. Over 2 seasons he averaged 4.5 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, and 0.5 assists per game.

After his major league career ended, he was a Detroit Tigers coach in 1975 and was the athletic director at his alma mater, Morehead State University. Hamilton died of cancer at age 62.

Hamilton is only one of two people to have played in both a World Series and an N.B.A. finals.

See also


External links

  • Find a Grave
  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
Preceded by
Cot Deal
Detroit Tigers pitching coach
Succeeded by
Fred Gladding
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