Ricky Jordan
First baseman
Born: (1965-05-26) May 26, 1965 (age 58)
Richmond, California, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 17, 1988, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
September 20, 1996, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
Batting average.281
Home runs55
Runs batted in304
Teams

Paul Scott "Ricky" Jordan (born May 26, 1965)[1] is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball (MLB) who played from 1988 to 1996 for the Philadelphia Phillies and Seattle Mariners.[2] He was noted for being a very good pinch hitter.

Early life

Jordan was born in Richmond, California. He was adopted when he was a few days old. Jordan's adoptive father died when he was five, and one of his youth sports coaches became very influential in his upbringing. He attended Grant Union High School in Sacramento, California. He was selected in the first round (22nd overall) on the June 1983 amateur baseball draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Baseball career

Jordan's first MLB game was on July 17, 1988. During his first at-bat that game, he hit a home run.[3]

In 677 games over eight seasons, Jordan posted a .281 batting average (592-for-2104) with 261 runs, 116 doubles, 55 home runs, 304 RBI, 77 bases on balls and a .424 slugging percentage. He finished his career with a .993 fielding percentage playing 510 games at first base and 11 games at left field. In 5 postseason games, he hit .182 (2-for-11) with no runs or RBIs.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Ricky Jordan, Baseball Reference, access date August 28, 2008
  2. ^ "Around the horn: A closer look at the Phillies and the rest of the major leagues". The Morning Call. 22 May 2005. p. C2.
  3. ^ "Home Run in First At-Bat by Baseball Almanac". www.baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved 2016-07-09.