Chico Salmon
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Chico Salmon
Chico Salmon
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Utility player
Born: (1940-12-03)December 3, 1940
Colón, Panama
Died: September 17, 2000(2000-09-17) (aged 59)
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 28, 1964, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
August 14, 1972, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Batting average.249
Home runs31
Runs batted in149
Teams

Ruthford Eduardo "Chico" Salmon (December 3, 1940 - September 17, 2000) was a Panamanian professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a utility player from 1964 through 1972, most notably as a member of the Baltimore Orioles team that won three consecutive American League pennants from 1969 to 1971 and, won the World Series in 1970. He also played for the Cleveland Indians.

Salmon graduated from Abel Bravo High School in Colon, Panama where he lettered in baseball, basketball, and track. He later attended Abel Bravo College, where he also played baseball. It was as a college student that Salmon played for the Panamanian baseball team during the 1959 Pan-American Games in Venezuela. Shortly after playing in that tournament, Chico was signed by the Pacific Coast League's Denver club of the Milwaukee Braves organization.

Salmon was selected by the Seattle Pilots in the expansion draft following the 1968 season,[1] but was traded to Baltimore for Gene Brabender before the 1969 season began.[2]

Salmon was not particularly well-known for his fielding. While he was still with the team, the Orioles had a mock award named the Chico Salmon No Touch Award "to recognize fielding prowess that had all the deftness of a rhinoceros knitting," according to Jim Palmer.[3]

He died from a heart attack on September 17, 2000 at the age of 59.[4]

References

  1. ^ Salmon hopes to start
  2. ^ Pilots land Brabender
  3. ^ Palmer, Jim; Dale, Jim (1996). Palmer and Weaver: Together We Were Eleven Foot Nine. Kansas City: Andrews and McMeel. p. 28. ISBN 0-8362-0781-5.
  4. ^ Chico Salmon dies

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