- 3B, CF, OF, 1B, 2B, DH, SS, LF, RF
- October 24, 1957
- 6' 2"
- 185 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 6-30-1982 with BOS
On June 3, 1975 Ed Jurak was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the third round of the amatuer draft. The 18 year old's first season was spent with the class A (short season) New York-Pennsylvania League Elmira Pioneers.
Jurak spent until 1982 in the Boston minor league chain before getting his first taste of major league ball. He appeared in 12 games for the Red Sox before being sent to the International League Pawtucket Red Sox for the rest of the season.
The infielder was back in Boston for the 1983 season as well as 1984 and 1985. After getting into only 26 games in '85 he was sent back to Pawtucket, where he finished out the year. On March 19, 1986 he was released by the Boston Red Sox.
In February 1987 Jurak signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers. He then was granted free agency on October 15, 1987, signing as a free agent with the Oakland Athletics on November 10 of the same year. He appeared in only 3 games with the American League team and on October 15, 1988 he was again granted free agency signing as a free agent on November 3, 1988 with the San Francisco Giants.
Jurak appeared in only 30 games with the Giants and on September 4, 1989 the Giants sent him to the Montreal Expos as part of a conditional deal. On October 15, 1989 he was again granted free agency.
Because of his Croatian ancentry, Jurak's 1989 Giants teammates nicknamed him "Croatian Man" in the clubhouse.
The much traveled Jurak spent 1990 with the Pacific Coast League Calgary Cannons and after 16 seasons in both the minor and major leagues, decided to call it a career.
Ed's Major League stats showed him with parts of six different years, playing in 193 games, 302 at bats with 80 base hits for a .265 batting average. His OBP was .346. His overall fielding, mostly as an infielder, showed an overall .958 percentage.
Jurak's Minor League figures showed him in 10 different leagues with 13 teams. He appeared in 1,296 games, 3,943 at bats with 1,192 base hits for a .280 batting average. His OBP was .392. Playing primarily at SS and 3B, his fielding percentage came to .944. As a minor leaguer, Jurak won the 1981 Eastern League batting title with the Bristol Red Sox (AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox).
The 16 year career mans best season was probaly in 1987 with the Texas League Tulsa Drillers when he hit for a .346 average, had 10 HR and a .509 slugging average.
In 1994 he became Manager of the Mobile BaySharks
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