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PHILADELPHIA - Johnny Callison, a three-time All-Star outfielder with the Philadelphia Phillies, has died at age 67, according to a team spokesman.

Callison died Thursday at Abington Hospital following an illness, Phillies spokesman Larry Shenk said. He had lived in Glenside.

Born in Oklahoma on March 12, 1939, Callison began his major league career with the Chicago White Sox in 1958. He established himself as one of the top players in the National League after being traded to Philadelphia two years later.

He became a fan favorite during his 10 seasons with the Phillies and finished second in MVP voting behind St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Ken Boyer in 1964.

Callison also played two seasons with the Chicago Cubs and two more with the New York Yankees before retiring following the 1973 season.

Callison hit .264 with 226 homers and 840 RBIs in 1,886 games over 16 seasons. He was named MVP of the 1964 All-Star game after hitting a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning off Red Sox reliever Dick Raddatz to give the National League a 7-4 win at Shea Stadium.

Later that year, Callison was part of the Phillies team that infamously wasted a 6 1/2-game lead with only 12 games remaining in the regular season by losing 10 straight.

A left-handed hitter, Callison batted .274 with 31 homers and 104 RBIs in 1964. He hit .262 with 31 homers and 102 RBIs the following year.

Callison was named to the NL All-Star team in 1962, 1964 and 1965.

Copyright © 2006 The Associated Press

Published on Philly.com on Oct. 13, 2006
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