Miksis was one of many teenagers to make the majors during WWII, arriving a few months
shy of his 18th birthday. A utility man with every other team he played for, Miksis
was a regular only on the second-division Cubs in 1951-56.
As a Dodger in Game
Four of the 1947 WS, pinch running for Pete Reiser, he
scored the winning run from
first base when Cookie Lavagetto's two-out ninth-inning double ended Bill Bevens's
bid for the first WS no-hitter.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 15, 1951: Just before game time at Wrigley Field, the Cubs and Dodgers make a 4-for-4 trade: OF Andy Pafko, P Johnny Schmitz, C Rube Walker, and IF Wayne Terwilliger go to Brooklyn for C Bruce Edwards, OF Gene Hermanski, IF Eddie Miksis, and P Joe Hatten. To the surprise of fans, the 8 appear in their new uniforms. The Cubs get the best today as Bruce Edward knocks in 4 runs, three on a homer, off Carl Erskine, and Miksis fields well. Pafko hits his 13th homer in a losing cause and will incur an injury in this series that will sideline for three weeks in July. But the New York Post expresses the sentiment of most, calling it "the most barefaced swindle in years."
»August 1, 1951:
The Cubs' Eddie Miksis lines a ball to Willie Mays in CF, which caroms off his head for a double, as the Cubs nip the Giants, 3–2. Cal McLish wins over Larry Jansen. The Giants come back in game two behind the shut out pitching of Al Corwin to top the Cubs, 2–0. Bob Kelly is the losing pitcher, while Al Corwin wins his first ML game.
»September 2, 1951:
Ken Raffensberger fires a one-hitter at the Cubs to win 7–0 and gain a split for the Reds. The only hit is a 3rd-inning scratch single by Eddie Miksis that arguably would have rolled foul. Bob Rush shuts out the Reds in the nitecap to top Howie Fox, 3–0.