Edward Thomas “Eddie” Miksis (September 11, 1926 - April 8, 2005) played the majority of his career in a backup capacity and despite anticipation of him becoming the everyday second baseman for the 1948 Brooklyn Dodgers, he was supplanted by color-barrier breaker and reigning National League Rookie of the Year Jackie Robinson at second. The New Jersey native and Trenton High School standout signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944 as a spry 17-year old. He played in 26 games that season on the militarily depleted roster before he too was summoned to serve in World War II. Eddie returned in1946 and spent seven seasons in a Dodgers uniform (1944, 1946-1951) with his best year coming in 1947 when he hit .267 and helped lead Dem Bums to the National League pennant. Miksis was a key member of the Dodgers team that rallied in the ninth inning of Game 4, down 2-1 with New York Yankees pitcher Bill Bevens one out away from the first ever no-hitter in World Series history. With Al Gionfriddo in second and Miksis on first, Eddie took off when Cookie Lavagetto laced a line drive off the outfield wall in right, breaking up the no0hitter, but more importantly scoring Gionfriddo and Miksis to win the game. The play was reminiscent of St. Louis Cardinals Enos Slaughter’s “Mad Dash” the year prior.
Realizing that he would never win a starting role, Eddie asked for a trade and was sent to the Chicago Cubs in what he called one of “the dumbest trades that was ever made.” With Brooklyn holding a solid 14-1/2 game lead in the NL, the Dodgers sent four players to the Windy City for four new players, essentially “Trading half their ballclub.” They then lost the pennant on the last game of the season with New York Giants Bobby Thomson’s Shot Heard ‘Round the World. Eddie best year in Chicago came in 1953 when he batted .251 with 145 hits, 61 runs, 13 stolen bases and 39 RBI – all career highs. Miksis served as a utility player for Chicago for six years (1951-1956) and played his final two season with the St. Louis Cardinals (1956), the Baltimore Orioles (1957-1958) and the Cincinnati Redlegs (1958). Eddie Miksis retired in 1958 having collected 722 hits, 383 runs, 228 RBI and 52 stolen bases as he hit. 236 for his career. He also added a .273 batting average in two World Series and a .965 fielding percentage playing every position on the field except pitcher and catcher.