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1967 Topps #85 Johnny Callison

John Wesley Callison

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[edit] Biographical Information

Johnny Callison played for four teams between 1958 and 1973. He was signed by the Chicago White Sox out of high school in 1957, being assigned to Class-A Bakersfield where he hit .340 with 17 home runs and stole 31 bases to earn the league's Rookie of the Year title. The next season, he was advanced to Triple-A Indianapolis where he led the league in home runs. At the end of the season, he was recalled by Chicago.

The next season, Callison split time between Chicago and Indianapolis. He was not on the World Series roster when the White Sox lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Over the winter, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Callison became a fan favorite in Philadelphia. Over the next decade, he would be named an All-Star three times. In 1964, at Shea Stadium in New York, he hit a game-winning home run in the All Star Game off Dick Radatz. Also in 1964, Callison and Richie Allen led the Phillies to the brink of the World Series before a calamitous downfall in the last two weeks of the season.

After the 1969 season, Callison was traded to the Chicago Cubs. After two seasons, he finished his career with the New York Yankees. After retirement, Callison remained in Philadelphia where he made frequent appearances and had several business ventures. He died in suburban Philadelphia in October, 2006.

Callison was a career .264 hitter with 226 home runs, 840 RBI, 926 runs, 1757 hits, 351 doubles, 89 triples, and 74 stolen bases in 1866 games. He is also remembered for being an excellent outfielder with an above-average throwing arm.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 3-time NL All-Star (1962, 1964 & 1965)
  • 1964 All-Star Game MVP
  • NL Doubles Leader (1966)
  • 2-time NL Triples Leader (1962 & 1965)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 4 (1962-1965)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1964 & 1965)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (1964 & 1965)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1962 & 1964)

[edit] Further Reading

  • John Rossi: "Johnny Callison", in Mel Marmer and Bill Nowlin, eds.: The Year of Blue Snow: The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2013, pp. 64-67. ISBN 978-1-933599-51-9

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