Benny Joe Edelen (born September 16, 1955) was touted as one of the all-time great high school athletes in the state of Oklahoma. A recipient of the Jim Thorpe award, Joe excelled in basketball and baseball receiving All-State and All-America honors in both sports. Edelen is a former Major League Baseballrelief pitcher who pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals drafted him in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 1973 amateur draft and he debuted for them on April 18, 1981 against his future team, the Reds. During the 1981 season he was traded by the Cardinals with Neil Fiala to the Reds for Doug Bair. His major league career was brief as he pitched his final game the next year. He now[when?] teaches art and coaches golf at Washington Oklahoma.