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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Coco Crisp

(Born November 1, 1979) -- Think anyone would remember Covelli Crisp? Perhaps not. But everyone remembers Coco Crisp, who was given the nickname by a sister who thought he looked like one of the characters on the Cocoa Krispies box.

Crisp didn’t use the nickname much until he put it on a public relations form in Double-A. It stuck. Crisp was drafted by the Cardinals but was dealt to the Indians in a swap that sent Chuck Finley to St. Louis.
That eventually turned Crisp into a member of the Buffalo Bisons. He spent two games here in 2002, and then was the center fielder at the start of 2003. Crisp hit .360 and stole 20 bases in 56 games. That caught Cleveland’s attention and up he went.

Crisp became a regular by the middle of the 2003 season, and grabbed the spot through 2005. Then he was traded to the Red Sox in a multi-player transaction that included top prospect Andy Marte. Crisp was part of the 2007 team that won the World Series.

However, Jacoby Ellsbury had come along at the same time, and Crisp was expendable. He was dealt to Kansas City and then moved on to Oakland, where he has been a good center fielder. Crisp helped the A's reach the playoffs this past season.

--- Budd Bailey

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