David Colon rounded second in that June 1988 game, right through his Sumter coach's stop sign.
The coach was right, The Sumter Item wrote. Colon would have been out, had opposing Spartanburg not threw the ball away. Instead, Colon raced home with the game-winning run.
"Sometimes you have to be lucky in this game and we've had our share of breaks go against us this year," Sumter third base coach Ned Yost told The Item. "The important thing is that we fought back against a very good ball club tonight."
That run was one of just 25 Colon scored on the year. It was also one of just 49 hits, amounting to a batting average that didn't hit .200, at .195.
Colon was also in his second of just two seasons in the Braves organization. Three more with the Padres and Angels organizations and Colon's career ended, never hitting AA, much less the majors.
Colon's career began in 1987, signed by the Braves out of his native Puerto Rico. Colon played that season in the Gulf Coast League, hitting .256 in 55 games.
Colon moved to single-A Sumter in 1988. In 74 games, Colon hit that .195. In May, though, Colon had three hits in a game. In late August, Colon got one single on a bad hop, knocking in the game-winning run. A few days earlier, Colon doubled and scored in a 7-6 win.
Colon wasn't recorded as playing in 1989. But, by January 1990, Colon signed with the Padres. He played that year at single-A Waterloo, hitting .216 in 85 games.
Colon played out his final two seasons with the Angels at high-A Palm Springs. He hit .256 his first year there and .229 his second. That second year with the Angels turned out to be his last as a pro.
- Sumter Item, June 2, 1988: Braves overcome Phillies in 9th
Made the Majors: 805 - 48.2%
Never Made Majors: 864-51.8%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 350
10+ Seasons in the Minors:204