FAVORITE BRAVES PLAYERS OF THE 1980'S
#2 CHRIS CHAMBLISS
ATLANTA BRAVES 1980-1986
|Chambliss 1981 O-Pee-Chee|
After spending the 70's in the American League, 1st baseman Chris Chambliss came over to the Braves in 1980 and was a good player for several years. He never killed you with his numbers, but a sure handed fielder, clutch hitter and team leader. He had his best Brave year in 1982, when he hit 20 homers and knocked in 86 for the division winners.
Chris's only grand slam of the 1982 season was a shot off Joe Beckwith and the Dodgers in the first inning of that game giving the Braves a 4-0 lead. Those were the Braves only runs of that game, which turned into an ugly 9-4 loss, part of the bad streak the Braves had where they lost 19 of 21 and saw there record go from 61-37 to 63-56. The team went from being 9 games up to 4 games behind during that slide. Somehow the team righted itself and came back to when the division and Chambliss was a big part of that.
His final major league homer was on August 13, 1986, a game-winning three run bottom of the ninth shot off Goose Gossage of the Padres.
|1987 Chambliss after his last season|
with the Braves