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Vernon Decatur Stephens (October 23, 1920 - November 3, 1968) was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball who played 15 seasons in the American League for four different teams. A native of McAlister, New Mexico, Stephens batted and threw right-handed. He was also nicknamed "Junior" and "Buster".
Stephens died of a heart attack in Long Beach, California at 48 of age.
- St. Louis Browns (1941-47, 1953)
- Boston Red Sox (1948-52)
- Chicago White Sox (1953, 1955)
- Baltimore Orioles (1954-55)
- 8-time All-Star (1943-44, 1945 [non-official game], 1946, 1948-51)
- 6 times Top 10 in MVP voting (1942-45, 1948-49)
- Led league in home runs (1945)
- 3 times led league in RBI (1944, 1949-50)
- Collected 440 RBI in three consecutive seasons (1948-50)
- 3 times Top 10 in batting average (1942-43, 1946)
- Twice led league in games played (1948-49)
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