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John Wesley Callison
Born: March 12, 1939 in Qualls, Okla.
Died: Oct. 12, 2006 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Debut: 1958| Pos: OF
H: 5’10” | W: 175 | B: L | T: R

16 1886 6652 926 1757 226 840 74 .264

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Johnny Callison, an outfielder who played for 16 seasons in the major leagues, died on Oct. 12, 2006 in Philadelphia, Pa. He had been suffering a long illness. He was 67.

In his career, Callison hit .264 with 226 home runs and 840 RBIs. He was an All-Star in 1962, 1964 and 1965.

He was just 19 years old when he made his debut with the White Sox in 1958. He played in 18 games that season, hitting a home run and 12 RBI in 64 at-bats. He appeared in 49 games for Chicago in 1959.

In December 1959, he was traded ot the Phillies for Gene Freese. Callison spent the next 10 seasons with the Phillies and would be a three-time All Star with the team.

Callison led the National League in triples in 1962 and 1965 and in doubles in 1966. He hit 31 home runs with 104 RBI in 1964 and 32 home runs with 101 RBIs in 1965. He would not approach those types of numbers at any other point in his career.

He was named MVP of the 1964 All-Star Game when he hit a three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the NL a 7-4 win.

In November 1969, he was traded, along with Larry Colton, to the Chicago Cubs for Dick Selma and Oscar Gamble. In January 1972, the Cubs traded him to New York for Jack Aker.

His career ended after playing for the Yankees in 1963.