Stephenson played for four seasons for the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres from 1989-1992. In 194 games, he hit .201 with six home runs. His career began in Chicago, but lasted just 17 games, as the Cubs dealt him to San Diego in September 1989. Stephenson played in 103 games for the Padres in 1990 and hit .209 with four home runs.
Stephenson paid back his former club with a home run at Jack Murphy Stadium on April 26, 1990. As he notes, Mike Harkey had pitched seven no-hit innings when Stephenson came up to lead off the eighth inning. He launched a bomb to right field that broke up the no-hitter and sent Harkey to the showers. Mitch Williams pitched the next two innings to preserve a 3-1 win for Chicago.
Stephenson played college baseball at Wichita State University. In 1981, he hit safely in 47 games, which was the NCAA record until Robin Ventura broke it with a 58-game streak in 1987.
Phil Stephenson – career stats