|HAD SERIOUS SPEED TO BURN.|
|COMING OFF A SEASON THAT RAISED EXPECTATIONS.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Center fielder Marquis Grissom is one of seven players to have 2,000 hits, 200 home runs and 400 steals. The others are awash in Hall of Fame pedigree: #86 Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan, #70 Paul Molitor, #88 Roberto Alomar, #119 Craig Biggio and #103 Barry Bonds. While Grissom won't be headed to Cooperstown any time soon, he did make the NL All-Star team twice and won four consecutive Gold Gloves.
- With the Indians trailing the Orioles 4-2 in Game 2 of the ALCS on Oct. 9, 1997, Grissom came to bat in the eighth and clubbed a three-run homer off Armando Benitez. The 5-4 win evened the series that the Indians would go on to win in six games.
- In '92 with the Expos, Grissom led the majors in steals with a career-high 78 and added 14 homers, finishing ninth in NL MVP voting.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Stole 76 bases in '91 (82 percent success rate) and 78 in '92 (86 percent).
- Born and reared in Atlanta, Grissom was traded to the Braves in April '95 for #120 Roberto Kelly, Tony Tarasco and Esteban Yan.
- Caught the final out in Game 6 of the '95 World Series as Atlanta won its first.
- Grissom owned the Rockies in the NL Division Series that year. In his first postseason series, he hit .524 with three home runs and four RBI in the four-game sweep.
- Grissom was involved in another blockbuster trade, this one coming in March '97. The Braves sent him and #1 David Justice to the Indians for #43 Kenny Lofton and Alan Embree.
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