Stephen Thomas Bilko (November 13, 1928 – March 7, 1978) At 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, Steve Bilko was the prototypical power-hitting first baseman. As a Pacific Coast Leaguer playing for Los Angeles, he won a Triple Crown in 1956 and became legendary for his prodigious home runs. Hollywood took note, giving actor Phil Silvers Bilko’s last name for his humorous Sergeant Bilko TV show. Unfortunately, during his ten-year MLB career, Bilko showed only flashes of power. With the 1953 Cardinals, he slugged 21 dingers but struck out a league-high 125 times. Eight years later, Bilko became a fan favorite, smashing 20 homers for the expansion Los Angeles Angels. Known during his playing days for his ability to polish off a case of beer in record time, Bilko worked in sales for a perfume manufacturer after baseball. The 2003 Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame inductee passed away in 1978 at the young age of 49.