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Marquis Deon Grissom

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[edit] Biographical Information

In 1988, in college, Marquis Grissom was 9-3 with a 2.40 ERA as a pitcher, and hit .448 with 12 HR as an outfielder. He was signed as a 3rd round pick in the 1988 amateur draft by the Montreal Expos and scout Ed Creech. He attended Florida A&M University, the same college as former Expos outfielder Andre Dawson; he was regularly compared to Dawson in his first few seasons as a pro.

Grissom scored the winning run in Game 3 of the 1997 American League Championship Series when his former teammate, the Baltimore Orioles' Lenny Webster, misplayed a Randy Myers pitch. The play was officially scored a steal of home. On July 9, 1998, he tied a career high with 5 RBI. Grissom officially retired on March 28, 2006, while in camp with the Chicago Cubs.

After his retirment, Grissom set up the Marquis Grissom Baseball Association, a non-profit organization whose aim is to teach baseball to undeprivileged kids aged 8 to 18 so that they can qualify for university scholarships. He spent much of the money that remained from what he earned during his career in this project, and in 2009, he accepted a job as a coach for the Washington Nationals in order to help with paying the running costs of the Academy. He had already demonstrated his generosity by buying houses for each of his fourteen siblings and for his mother from his baseball earnings. One of his most important tasks with the Nationals was to work with young outfielder Lastings Milledge in order to help him fulfill his enormous potential, although that mission was ultimately crowned with failure.

His brother, Antonio Grissom, played several seasons in the minors.

"He doesn't think he can be thrown out, which is why he's the best base stealer in the game." - Tommy Harper

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time NL All-Star (1993 & 1994)
  • 1997 ALCS MVP
  • 4-time NL Gold Glove Winner (1993-1996)
  • NL At Bats Leader (1992)
  • 2-time NL Stolen Bases Leader (1991 & 1992)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 5 (1996, 1999, 2001, 2003 & 2004)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1993 & 1996)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (1996)
  • 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 3 (1991-1993)
  • Won a World Series with the Atlanta Braves in 1995

[edit] Further Reading

  • Danny Gallagher: "Grissom's career up and down" in Remembering the Montreal Expos, Scoop Press, Toronto, ON, 2005, pp. 206-208.
  • Chico Harlan: "A Career and a Calling: Marquis Grissom Made a Living Playing Baseball, Now It's His Life's Work", The Washington Post, March 18, 2009 [1]
  • Rick Sorci: "Baseball Profile: Outfielder Marquis Grissom", Baseball Digest, December 1993, p. 51. [2]

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