Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Double, Double Toil and Trouble

Former major league baseball player Ivan Calderon was killed recently.

My one memory of Ivan ("ee-von") is of a grand slam he hit against the A's in the late 80's. I was sitting with my parents out in the left field bleachers in Oakland and the fellow sitting next to me caught the ball. That's pretty much the closest I've been to a batted ball at a professional game and I'll admit that I didn't move an inch as it headed towards me. I'll bet Steve Bartman wishes he had reacted the same way.

UPDATE: I've just spent the last 20 minutes trying to figure out the exact date of the Calderon granny. The key factors that I remember from the game are as follows: Day game (saturday or sunday), Calderon's GS, Dave Parker was on the A's (his "non-HR" over the right field foul pole cost us the game), White Sox won the game, and it was a relatively high scoring affair.

Assuming my recollections are correct, the game was played on either 4/17/88 or 4/8/89. (That's the best I can do without checking the microfiche.)

Calderon's stats
Dave Parker's stats
1988 ChiSox Schedule
1989 ChiSox Schedule

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