Johnny Stevens was a prominent American Major League Baseball umpire as well as a referee for college basketball. Johnny Stevens was active from 1950 to 1975.
Table of Biography
Johnny Stevens was born on May 14, 1912. He is a native of Duquesne, Pennsylvania, and his zodiac sign is Taurus. Likewise, his full name is John William Stevens.
There is no information regarding his parents, siblings, and other family details. He also didn’t share insights into his educational journey.
He was 69 years old at the time of his demise on September 9, 1981 in Philadelphia.
Career and Professional Life
Professionally, Johnny Stevens was an umpire in Major League Baseball. He worked in the American League from the year 1948 to 1971. Stevens umpired in 4 World Series as well as 5 All-Star Games. Prior to this, he also umpired in the Eastern League from 1944 to 1946.
The umpire refereed college basketball as well. He also umpired major league game on 20 April 1948 and the final major league game on 13 August 1975. In total, he umpired 3,346 regular-season games.
He officiated as an umpire in the World Series in the years 1951, 1954, 1960, and 1967. During these series, he served as crew chief in 1967. He was also in the All-Star Game in 1950, 1953, 1957, 1960, and 1965. The umpire worked behind the plate in 1965. He also worked the second half of the 1957 game.
Furthermore, he worked behind the plate for Game 1 of the 1970 American League Championship Series. This was during a labor strike. He had begun working primarily as an assistant league supervisor as well as a substitute umpire in the year 1968.
Further, the umpire was also behind the plate on August 20, 1957. This was when Bob Keegan of the Chicago White Sox pitched a 6–0 no-hitter against the Washington Senators.
Once again, he was again behind the plate on April 30, 1967. This was when Steve Barber and Stu Miller of the Baltimore Orioles combined on a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers. The latter won with two runs in the ninth inning, tying the game on a Barber wild pitch after he had issued two walks.
Moreover, he worked as a basketball referee too. He officiated in the NIT and NCAA tournaments. He was the godfather of National Basketball Association referee Steve Javie. His TBC ID was ‘189286’ and his Retrosheet ID was ‘stevj901’.
There is no information regarding Johnny Stevens’s private life. He might have been married at the time of demise surrounded by children and grandchildren. But there is no information at all about his family life.
Body Measurements and Social Media
Johnny Stevens’s height was 6 feet or 1.83 meters and his weight was 200 lbs or 90 kgs. Likewise, he had brown eyes and hair of the same color. Talking about his social media presence, he is not available on any social media platforms. When the umpire was alive, there were no social media platforms available at the time. The world of the internet came much later after his demise.