Steven F Kemp
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 195 lb.
- School University of Southern California
- High School Arcadia High School
- Debut April 7, 1977
- Final Game May 24, 1988
- Born August 7, 1954 in San Angelo, TX USA
He attended Arcadia High School in southern California and played baseball there. Although not drafted out of high school, Kemp attended the University of Southern California and became the #1 overall pick in the January 1976 amateur draft, by the Detroit Tigers. He won the Gold Medal with the USA in the 1974 Amateur World Series and the Silver Medal in the 1975 Pan American Games. Kemp was at USC at the same time as Roy Smalley and Rich Dauer, among other future major leaguers.
Steve spent only one year in the minors before coming up to the big leagues. In 1976 he hit .289 in half a season with the Montgomery Rebels and then .386 with a .696 Slugging percentage when moved up to the AAA Evansville Triplets. In 1977 he was a major league regular with the Tigers, driving in 88 runs.
In 1983 and 1984 he played for the New York Yankees; the team won 91 games the first season and 87 the second season. In 1985 and part of 1986 he was with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His major league career was shortened when he was hit in the eye by a pitch.
He went back to the minors from 1986 to 1988, hitting 20 home runs for the Oklahoma City 89ers in 1987 where he was managed by his former teammate, Toby Harrah. He came back to the majors with the Texas Rangers for 16 games in 1988.
He made one observer's All Steve Team.
- AL All-Star (1979)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1979 & 1980)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (1979 & 1980)