Preston Ward

Preston Ward

Original Name Preston Meyer Ward
Birth
Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA
Death 3 Jun 2013 (aged 85)
Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Burial Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Memorial ID 174221749 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. For nine seasons (1948, 1950 and 1953 to 1959), he played at the first baseman, outfielder and third baseman positions with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Athletics. Born Preston Meyer Ward, he attended Springfield High School in Missouri and later enrolled at Missouri State University, where he played collegiate basketball. Selected by the Dodgers during the 1944 Amateur Draft, he attended Missouri State University while experiencing his Minor League years. He broke into the Major Leagues with Brooklyn on April 20, 1948 and appeared in 42 games that season as a backup first baseman to Gil Hodges. He was acquired by the Cubs in a multiple player trade and following the 1950 season, he served with the United States Military during the Korean War. He was dealt to the Kansas City Athletics along with slugger Roger Maris during the 1958 season in exchange for defensive great Vic Power. He produced a career-high 118 hits during the 1958 season. In 744 regular season games, he compiled 522 hits, with a lifetime .253 batting average.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 20 Dec 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 174221749
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Preston Ward (24 Jul 1927–3 Jun 2013), Find a Grave Memorial no. 174221749, citing Palm Memorial Park, Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .