|Birth: ||Mar. 7, 1933|
|Death: ||Jan. 23, 2013|
Major League Baseball Player. For seven seasons (1956 to 1962), he played at the first-base position with the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. Born Edward Francis Bouchee, he was raised in Spokane, Washington where he attended Lewis and Clark High School. It was during this time period, when his athletic talents were first noticed, as he achieved All-City honors in football, basketball and baseball. He continued his athletics on the collegiate level at Washington State University. He was scouted while a member of a semipro baseball team which resulted in a contract with the Phillies. Following two years of service with the United States Army (1953 to 1954), he marked his Major League debut with Philadelphia on September 19th, 1956; he played in 9 games that year. The following season (1957), Bouchee earned the starting first-baseman spot and produced career-highs in hits with 168, home runs with 17, runs-driven-in with 76 and a .293 batting average. He finished runner-up in Rookie of the Year voting behind his teammate pitcher Jack Sanford. Prior to the 1958 season, Bouchee pleaded guilty to exposing himself to two schoolgirls and was ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment which forced him to miss part of that year. In 1959, he nearly duplicated his offensive output which he experienced during his rookie year. After two seasons with the Cubs (1960 to 1961), he was selected by the Mets during the Expansion Draft and spent his the last year of his career playing on perhaps the worst team in Major League Baseball history. The 1962 Mets whom yielded a 40 win 120 loss record during their inaugural year. In 670 regular season games, he compiled 583 hits with a .265 lifetime batting average. After retiring from baseball, he settled in the Chicago-area and worked as a warehouse supervisor with a auto supply company. He died of complications from diabetes. (bio by: C.S.)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Jan 25, 2013
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