Tuesday, July 21, 2009

1983 Fleer #157 Ivan DeJesus

Why Paul Owens? Why? As covered during the infancy of The Phillies Room, the Phillies traded Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg to the Chicago Cubs on January 27, 1982 for shortstop Ivan DeJesus. DeJesus was coming off a 1981 season in which he hit .194 with no home runs and 13 RBI for the Cubs. Known mostly for his glove, Ivan hit .249 in three years with the Phils (1982-1984). He was the team's starting shortstop during its 1983 NL Championship season.

Ivan was traded to the Cardinals in April 1985 with Bill Campbell for relief pitcher Dave Rucker. He played a total of 15 seasons in the Majors with the Dodgers, Cubs, Phillies, Cardinals, Yankees, Giants and Tigers.

Ivan's son, Ivan Jr., was named the Los Angeles Dodgers' 2008 minor league player of the year. Unfortunately, Ivan Jr. broke his leg in Spring Training in a home plate collision, and he's expected to miss the entire season.

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