October 6, 1969 |
|September 18, 1995 for the New York Mets|
Last MLB appearance
|June 7, 2003 for the Boston Red Sox|
|Earned run average||4.64|
Robert Alan Person is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played 9 seasons in Major League Baseball: two for the New York Mets, two and a half for the Toronto Blue Jays, three and a half for the Philadelphia Phillies, and only 7 games pitched for the Boston Red Sox in the last year of his career.
Person was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 25th round of the 1989 Major League Baseball Draft and eventually traded to the Chicago White Sox in 1991. In the 1992 MLB expansion draft, the Florida Marlins drafted him 47th overall, he then became a free agent, and signed again with the Marlins.
In 1994, Person was traded from the Marlins to the New York Mets, who, in 1996, traded him to the Blue Jays for John Olerud. Person became a Phillie in 1999 when the Blue Jays swapped him for Paul Spoljaric. Granted free agency after the 2002 season, he joined the Red Sox for a short and unsuccessful stint.
Person tried joining the White Sox out of spring training in 2004 and 2005, but was unsuccessful. Injuries were the Achilles heel (quite literally), preventing Person from achieving sustained success.
Person's most memorable feat came with the Philadelphia Phillies on June 2, 2002. He not only threw five strong innings in which he allowed three hits and one unearned run while striking out five, but he also hit two home runs against the Montreal Expos. The first home run was a three-run home run to left field off Masato Yoshii with two outs in the first inning; the second was a grand slam to left field off Bruce Chen with one out in the fifth inning. In between those home runs, he came up again with the bases loaded and drove a ball far enough for a second slam, but it was foul and he ended up striking out.
Before Person's grand slam, Jeff Juden was the last Phillies pitcher to hit a grand slam: August 25, 1995, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Randy Lerch had been the last Phillies pitcher before Person to hit two home runs in a game, a feat that he accomplished on September 30, 1978.
While in Philadelphia, Person had his own fan club named "Person's People".
- Smith, Christopher. "Obscure Spotlight: Robert Person". http://obscureathletes.com. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- Baer, Bill (2012). 100 Things Phillies Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. United States: Triumph Books. p. 256. ISBN 9781617496189.
- "Arkansas Razorbacks Baseball" (PDF). hogwired.com.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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