Essegian spent six seasons in the major leagues, playing with six different teams from 1958-1963. He hit .255 in his career, with 47 home runs. Never really a full-time player, Essegian did get into 106 games for the Cleveland Indians in 1962. He hit .274 that year for the Tribe, with 21 home runs, 50 RBI and 59 runs scored. It was by far the best year of his career. Essegian is half the answer to an interesting trivia question as he is one of two men to have played in both the Rose Bowl and the World Series. He played football at Stanford University and competed in the 1952 Rose Bowl. He was also a member of the 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers team that defeated the Chicago White Sox in the World Series. The other player to do it was Jackie Jensen who played football for the University of California and made it to the World Series with the 1950 New York Yankees. Neither man was on the winning side in the Rose Bowl, although both of them saw their side prevail in the World Series. Essegian hit two pinch-hit home runs in three at bats for the Dodgers in the 1959 series.
Chuck Essegian – career stats