A highly rated defensive outfielder, Bud Stewart broke into the majors at age 25 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and batted a solid .267 in 73 games. The left handed swinging batsman lined 46 hits in 172 at bats, including seven doubles and helped the Pirates with his timely clutch hitting. He led the NL in pinch-hits - 10 hits in just 25 at bats for a lofty .400 batting mark. In 1942, the 5-ft, 11-inch, 160-pound speedster played in 82 games for Pittsburgh before entering the military. Stewart returned to the majors in '48, played just 6 games with the NY Yanks before being traded to Washington. And, put up career-highs in hits with 113 and in RBIs with 69. A patience hitter, he collected 49 walks and struck out just 27 times (Ks) in 124 games. By 1949 the hustling Washington Senators left fielder was one of the D.C. fans favorite.
Here's what 'Who's Who Magazine' printed in 1950 and in 1951: !950: Ed Stewart - An idol of Washington fans who like his high hustle. Last season was his second with the club, and he was No. 2 (on the team) in batting. He is sure of his job.' 1949 Stats: .284 batting average, 110 hits in 388 at bats, 23 doubles, 4Ts, 8HRs, 58 Runs, 43 RBIs, 6 stolen bases, 49 Walks, 33Ks 1951: Traded to Chicago: Ed Stewart - The ex-Washington outfielder is a great defensive man. He hit .267 with the Senators last year and aims to be a full-time White Sox left fielder. Stewart played four years with Chicago under Sox manager Paul Richards. In '51, Stewart batted .276 in 95 games... in '52 batted .267 in 92 games... in '53 batted .271 in 53 games... and in his final major league season, '54 batted .077 in 18 games. Ed Stewart career stats: .268 BA, 96Ds, 32Ts, 32 HRs, 288 Runs, 260 RBIs, 547 hits in 2041 at bats, 252 Walks, 157Ks in 773 games, 29 Stolen Bases... Born in Sacramento on 6/15/1916... Baseball History