Ralph Garr

A Grambling football star, Garr reached the Braves briefly in 1968 (his second pro season) and stole home for the first of 172 steals. Unable to crack the Braves’ talent-laden outfield, the lefthanded hitter spent 1969 and 1970 with Richmond (International League), winning back-to-back batting titles. Finally given a job in Atlanta in 1971, he batted .343, with 219 hits, 101 runs, and 30 stolen bases. In 1974 Garr’s .353 took the NL batting crown, and he led the league with 214 hits and 17 triples. The free-swinging leadoff man repeated as triples leader in 1975, and hit .300 twice again with the White Sox (1976 and 1977). Among baseball insiders, Garr was known as much for his squeaky voice, Hank Aaron imitations, and nonstop comic monologues as for his bat. He later became a hitting and baserunning instructor.