Monday, September 2, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #55 IVAN CALDERON


HAD DECENT SPEED FOR A BIG GUY.





BUT DIDN'T HAVE MUCH OF AN IMPACT FOR THE RED SOX.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Ivan Calderon was an All-Star and had five-year stretch where he averaged 18 homers, 71 RBI and 17 steals. Ten years after he retired, he was murdered at age 42 in December 2003 in his hometown of Loiza, Puerto Rico, a case that remains unsolved.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • On July 9, 1991, playing in his first All-Star Game as the starting left fielder from the Expos, Calderon singled to right off Jack Morris and advanced to second on a groundout. He stole third but was stranded. He went 1-for-2 as the AL won 4-2.

DEFINING SEASON

  • Although he didn't make the All-Star team, Calderon's best season occurred in '87 with the White Sox. He hit .293 with a career-high 28 homers and 83 RBI.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. His killer really wanted him dead: He was shot six times in the back and once in the head.
  2. Calderon was part of the trade that sent #183 Tim Raines from the Expos to the White Sox in December '90. 
  3. After never stealing more than 10 bases in a season, Calderon stole 32 in '90 for the White Sox and 31 in '91 for the Expos. 
  4. Originally coming up with the Mariners in '84, Calderon played only 73 games with the Red Sox in '93, hitting a homer and driving in 19 before being released on Aug. 17.
  5. The White Sox picked him up on Aug. 31 for the stretch drive but he contributed little to the AL West champs and was not on the postseason roster. Never played in the majors again.

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