Born: Jan 9, 1964
Stan Javier came from good baseball bloodlines: His father, Julian, was a star second baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1960 to 1971. Named after Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial, switch-hitting Stan Javier turned pro in 1981 after the Cards signed him as a non-drafted free agent. He broke into the majors three years later with the Yankees, who had acquired him in a five-player trade.
Never a power hitter, Javier was highly regarded for his speed, defense, and versatility. He played all three outfield positions and filled in at all three bases. Javier went to the World Series twice while with the Oakland Athletics, earning a ring with the team that won the earthquake-interrupted Series of 1989. The Houston Astros, decimated by injuries to their outfielders, acquired him from San Francisco on August 31, 1999. His .326 average in 20 games helped Houston edge the Reds for the NL Central crown. Javier went 15-for-39 in his final ten Houston starts. He signed with Seattle after the Series as a free agent.