|SPUDS WAS A GAMER.|
|"SEEING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, SON.''|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Fan-favorite Chris Sabo might have been the game's most recognizable player in the late-1980s and early-'90s with the Reds. Sporting a buzz cut and those boxy Rec Specs, Sabo was christened "Spuds'' by Manager Pete Rose, who loved his gung-ho style. Sabo won the NL Rookie of the Year in '88 before injuries curtailed his career after nine years.
- Sabo played a key role in Game 3 of the '90 World Series on Oct. 19. After surprisingly winning the first two games, the Reds trailed the Athletics 2-1 entering the top of the third. The Reds took the lead after a single and a groundout scored two runs following an error. Then Spuds crushed a two-run homer to left off Mike Moore and the rout was on. The Reds cruised 8-3 and wrapped up the amazing sweep the next night.
- In '91, Sabo enjoyed a career year, hitting .301, 26 home runs and driving in 88 runs, all career highs. He made his third and final NL All-Star team.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Played hockey as a youth in Michigan in the Ontario Junior Hockey League before committing to play baseball. No surprise he was a puckhead.
- An injury to third baseman Buddy Bell at the beginning of the '88 season gave Sabo, 26, his long-awaited chance. He hit .271 and stole 46 bases.
- Selected to the Reds Hall of Fame in '10.
- His final season in '96 with the Reds included a game in July in which his bat broke, exposing cork. He was suspended for seven games.
- Studying law at Northern Kentucky University.
|SPUDS COULD SCRATCH AN INTERESTING AUTOGRAPH.|