Edward Thomas Miksis (September 11, 1926 – April 8, 2005) was an American Major League Baseball player. Born in Burlington, New Jersey, he played at Burlington City High School. He stood 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) and weighed 185 lbs. Miksis was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944 and on June 17, 1944, at the age of 17, he debuted in the Majors and went on to have a 14-year career as a right-handed hitting and throwing utility infielder with the Dodgers (1944–51), Chicago Cubs (1951–56), St. Louis Cardinals (1957), Baltimore Orioles (1957–58) and Cincinnati Reds (1958). Miksis hit .236 for his career and played all four infield position plus the outfield. Only in five of his fourteen seasons did he play in more than 100 games. Miksis served in the Navy for almost two years during the end of World War II.
He played in both the 1947 and 1949 World Series with the Dodgers, both against the New York Yankees. Miksis batted .273 in eight World Series games.
In Game 4 of the 1947 World Series against the New York Yankees, when Bill Bevens was attempting to complete the first no-hitter in the history of the World Series, Miksis pinch ran for an injured Pete Reiser with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. He scored from first base with the winning run on the Dodgers' only hit of the game, Cookie Lavagetto's pinch hit double.
In June of 1951, with the Dodgers leading the National League by 14½ games, Miksis was traded to the Chicago Cubs. His main claim to fame as a Cub was lending his glove to Ernie Banks in Banks' first-ever major league game. Miksis played his final major league game on September 28, 1958, at the age of 32, with the Cincinnati Reds.
Miksis died on April 8, 2005, at the age of 78, in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.
By Dean Hanley
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