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1982 Topps Traded #114T Steve Stroughter

Stephen Lewis Stroughter

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Steve Stroughter was originally drafted by the California Angels in the 15th round of the 1970 amateur draft, but he chose not to sign. He was drafted in the 1971 secondary phase amateur draft by the Chicago Cubs, be he again did not sign. He was the sixth overall pick in the 1971 secondary phase (active) amateur draft (drafted by the San Francisco Giants), and he chose to sign. On October 24, 1975, he was purchased by the Angels from the Giants. On April 5, 1979, he was released by the Angels and on June 5, 1979, he was signed by the Seattle Mariners. On December 19, 1980, he was traded to the Minnesota Twins for Mike Bacsik Sr.. On May 28, 1981, he was purchased by the Mariners.

He had a strong minor league career from 1971-83, hitting over .300 numerous times and booming nearly 150 home runs. In 1977 with El Paso he hit .336 with 25 home runs. In 1982, the year he came to the majors, he hit 13 homers in 54 games with Salt Lake City.

Stroughter spent over a decade in the minors before making his big league debut on April 7, at the age of 30. Pinch-hitting for Jim Essian, Stroughter grounded out in his first big league at-bat, which was against Doug Corbett of the Minnesota Twins.

A solid minor league player who hit for average and some power, Stroughter hit only .170 in 26 big league games (47 at-bats). Perhaps the best game of his career occurred on May 4. He went 2-4 with a home run off of Dennis Martinez.

He played his final big league game on July 24, 1982. Following his big league career, he returned to the minors and played baseball for Hanshin in Japan.

Stroughter appeared on television on "Judge Jeanine Pirro" as a witness on December 17th, 2008.

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