Elio Chacón

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Elio Chacón Rodríguez (October 26, 1936 - April 24, 1992) was a Major League Baseball second baseman and shortstop who played in the National League between 1960-64. He was the seventh baseball player from Venezuela to play in the majors.

Chacón batted .265 as a reserve second baseman with the NL Champion Cincinnati Reds of 1961. In game two of that World Series, Chacón hit a key bloop single against New York Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry, and scored the winning run in the Reds' only victory in the series.

In October 10, 1961, an expansion draft to stock the Houston Astros and New York Mets new National League clubs was conducted in Cincinnati. Chacón was the Mets' first candidate for the starting shortstop job. He led the club in stolen bases in the inaugural season of 1962, but then never appeared in the major leagues again.

Chacón was a .232 career hitter with four home runs, 28 RBI, 49 runs, and 20 stolen bases in 228 games played. In the Mets all-timers database popularity, he is ranked at # 250 in a list of 726 players.

Elio Chacón died in Caracas, Venezuela, at the age of 55.

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