Steve Demeter
Third baseman
Born: (1935-01-27)January 27, 1935
Homer City, Pennsylvania
Died: February 3, 2013(2013-02-03) (aged 78)
Parma, Ohio
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 29, 1959, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
May 6, 1960, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Batting average.087
Home runs0
Runs batted in1

Stephen Demeter (January 27, 1935 – February 3, 2013) was an American professional baseball player and scout. He played in Major League Baseball as a third baseman for two seasons.


Demeter played for the Detroit Tigers in 1959. Prior to the 1960 season he was traded to the Cleveland Indians for Norm Cash. The trade turned out to be one of the most lop-sided trades in Major League Baseball history, as Demeter played only four games for the Indians before being returned to the minor leagues, from which he never returned.[1] Cash went on to win the 1961 AL batting championship and was one of the top sluggers of the 1960s, hitting 377 career home runs.[2]

Demeter was a fixture of the Rochester Red Wings teams of the mid- to late 1960s, hitting 272 minor league home runs in his long career, and has been inducted into both the Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame, in 1990, and the International League Hall of Fame, in 2009.

He served one year (in 1985) as a coach with the MLB Pittsburgh Pirates, working at first base through June 13, and then as bench coach, and also managed for nine seasons in the Pirates' farm system, at the helm of the Sherbrooke Pirates (1972), Salem Pirates (1973; 1976–77), Charleston Charlies (1974–75), Shreveport Captains (1978), and Buffalo Bisons (1979–80). He also was a roving instructor and scout for the Bucs.

Personal life

Demeter's grandson, Derek Dietrich, is a professional baseball player.[3]


  1. ^ Pattison, Mark (2002). Detroit Tigers Lists and More: Runs, Hits, and Eras. United States: Wayne State University Press. p. 377. ISBN 9780814330401.
  2. ^ Segall, Grant (February 6, 2013). "Fans mostly remember minor league star Steve Demeter for the Norm Cash trade". Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  3. ^ Star News Online
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Franchise established
Sherbrooke Pirates manager
Succeeded by
Preceded by Charleston Charlies manager
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Preceded by Shreveport Captains manager
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Franchise established
Buffalo Bisons manager
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Preceded by Pittsburgh Pirates first base coach
April 9–June 13
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Preceded by Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach
June 14–October 6
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