FAVORITE BRAVES PLAYERS OF THE 1970'S
#4 BOB HORNER
ATLANTA BRAVES 1978-1986
Talk about hype. When Bob Horner was picked out of Arizona State in the first round of the major league draft that year by the downtrodden Braves, Bob was promoted as being the next Babe Ruth. Bob skipped the minors completely after being picked by the Braves and was immediately sent to the majors. His first start was against Bert Blyleven and the Pirates on June 16, 1978 and Bob sent a Blyleven pitch over the Atlanta Stadium wall in the sixth inning. Bob went on to hit 23 that season in only 89 games and beat out Ozzie Smith for Rookie of the Year. The only question I had was whether Horner was ever going to hit 70 in a season and how old would he be when he beat Hank Aaron's career record. It didn't quite work out that way. But it was fun during those early years before injuries and weight problems took their toll on "Horns."