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Former Dodger Stephenson passes away

Former Dodger Stephenson passes away

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LOS ANGELES -- Jerry Stephenson, a former Dodgers player who went on to scout for the Dodgers and Red Sox for 39 years, died of cancer on Sunday. He was 66.

For the past year, Stephenson had been a consultant for Boston, where he worked the previous 14 seasons, primarily as a Major League scout. He held a similar job with the Dodgers for 25 years before that.

Stephenson was part of three generations of scouts. His father, Joe, was a former Major League catcher and scout, and his son, Brian, is a scout for the Dodgers. Jerry Stephenson pitched for the Dodgers, Red Sox and Seattle Pilots.

A graduate of Anaheim High School, he was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame last year.

Stephenson is survived by his wife of 43 years, Yvonne; his son, Brian; his daughter, Shannon Smaldino; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. PT at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Anaheim. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, 9665 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 801, Beverly Hills, Calif. 90212.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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