Von Everett Joshua (born May 1, 1948 in Oakland, California) was an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1969–71, 1973–74 and 1979), San Francisco Giants (1975–76), Milwaukee Brewers (1976–77) and San Diego Padres (1980).
Joshua was drafted out of Chabot College by the San Francisco Giants in the first round of the 1967 January Major League Baseball draft along the likes of Carlton Fisk. However, Joshua signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He helped the Dodgers win the 1974 National League pennant. However, in that year's World Series, which the Oakland Athletics won in five games over the Dodgers, Joshua went 0-for-4, all in pinch-hitting appearances, including grounding out to relief pitcher Rollie Fingers for the final out of the Series.
In 10 seasons he played in 822 games and had 2,234 at bats, 277 runs, 610 hits, 87 doubles, 31 triples, 30 home runs, 184 RBI, 55 stolen bases, 108 walks, .273 batting average, .306 on-base percentage, .380 slugging percentage, 849 total bases, 15 sacrifice hits, 15 sacrifice flies and 20 intentional walks.
Joshua was formerly the Iowa Cubs hitting coach but replaced Gerald Perry as hitting coach of the Chicago Cubs on June 14, 2009. He was fired on October 3, 2009. He was rehired as the Iowa Cubs hitting coach for the 2010 season on December 17, 2009.
By Dean Hanley
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