Note from Alex: hard to tell if they’ll get in a game today. So, if there is a game, this will be the game thread. Otherwise, open thread.
Those of us who were Braves fans in the early 1970’s remember the “beep beep” on the PA at Atlanta Stadium every time Ralph Garr came to bat. Now, the College Baseball Hall of Fame has named Garr to its 2013 induction class. The induction ceremonies will be held June 28-29 in Lubbock, Texas.
Garr played a token amount at Grambling as a freshman in 1964 season, making only 21 plate appearances. His next three seasons he would lead the team in hitting leaving with a career batting average of .418 while his senior season’s batting average of .582 remains the NCAA Division II record today. Grambling went 103–11 over the four seasons Garr played, culminating in a 33-1 mark and 3rd place in the NAIA baseball championship.
The Braves would draft Garr in the 3rd round of the 1967 draft, behind another 2 players who never made a Major League appearance, OF Andy Finlay and RHP Dennis Dalton. Interestingly, the Braves selected Dusty Baker in the 26th round of the 1967 draft. Garr, Baker and Bob Didier, who became one of Knucksie’s catchers, were the only 3 players from that draft to make it to the big leagues.
Garr made limited appearances with Atlanta in 1968, ’69 and ’70, batting .359 at Richmond the latter two seasons. After making it to Atlanta permanently, Garr’s best season was 1974, a year when he lead the National League in batting with 214 hits, an average of .353 and 17 triples (he only hit 11 homers). After dropping to a .299 batting average in 1975, the Braves would trade Garr to the White Sox as they entrenched themselves in the basement of the NL West.
Garr’s Atlanta career concluded with a .317 batting average, and an .350 on-base percentage. Beep-Beep.