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[edit] Biographical Information

"If you're not having fun in baseball, you miss the point of everything." - Chris Chambliss

First baseman Chris Chambliss played seventeen seasons in the big leagues, all with three teams - the New York Yankees (seven years), the Atlanta Braves (seven years) and the Cleveland Indians (3+ years). He was the 1971 American League Rookie of the Year and finished fifth in the 1976 American League MVP voting.

He was the first overall pick in the January 1970 amateur draft.

He hit the series-winning walk-off home run for the Yankees in the 1976 ALCS against Mark Littell of the Kansas City Royals.

After being out of the Major Leagues in 1987, he was the New York Yankees hitting coach in 1988 as well as playing one game with the club that year. Since then, he was a minor league manager for several years before a stint as the St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach from 1993 to 1995. He was a member of the Yankees staff again from 1996 to 2000 and was the New York Mets hitting coach for part of the 2002 season. From 2004 to 2006, Chambliss was the Cincinnati Reds hitting coach. He was a coach for the Richmond Braves in 2008. He became the manager for the Charlotte Knights in 2009, then returned to the majors as hitting coach of the Seattle Mariners in 2011.

Chambliss' cousin, Jo Jo White, was a guard in the NBA.

[edit] Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1989 London Tigers Eastern League 63-76 6th Detroit Tigers
1990 London Tigers Eastern League 76-63 2nd Detroit Tigers League Champs
1991 Greenville Braves Southern League 88-56 1st Atlanta Braves Lost in 1st round
1992 Richmond Braves International League 73-71 3rd Atlanta Braves Lost in 1st round
2001 Calgary Cannons Pacific Coast League 72-71 7th Florida Marlins
2009 Charlotte Knights International League 67-76 11th Chicago White Sox
2010 Charlotte Knights International League 67-77 10th (t) Chicago White Sox

[edit] Notable Achievements

AL Rookie of the Year
1970 1971 1972
Thurman Munson Chris Chambliss Carlton Fisk

[edit] Further Reading

  • Chris Chambliss (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget",Baseball Digest, December 1980, pp. 37-39. [1]

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