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Full Name: Carroll Christopher Chambliss Primary Position: 1B
Height/Weight: 6' 1"/195 First Game: May 28, 1971
Birthdate: December 26, 1948 Final Game: May 8, 1988
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio MLB Experience: 16 years
Bat/Throw: Left/Right


Biography

Carroll Christopher Chambliss (born December 26, 1948 in Dayton, Ohio) was a Major League Baseball player from 1971-1988 for the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, and Atlanta Braves. In 1970, Chris was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 1st round (1st pick overall) of the free-agent draft (January 17, 1970) and in 1971, was named AL Rookie of the Year. Chambliss played first base and was known as a great clutch hitter throughout his career.

He was dealt to the Yankees from the Indians in April 1974 along with pitchers Cecil Upshaw and Dick Tidrow for Fritz Peterson, Fred Beene, Tom Buskey, and Steve Kline in a much criticized multi-player deal.

In 1976, he received his only selection to the All Star team.

In the 1976 American League Championship Series, his first-pitch, walk off home run off Mark Littell of the Kansas City Royals gave the Yankees their first trip to the World Series since 1964.

"Mark Littell delivers . . . High drive hit to right-center field . . . It could be . . . it is . . . gone!" -- Keith Jackson, ABC-TV.
"Chris Chambliss has won the American League pennant for the New York Yankees. . . . A thrilling, dramatic game. . . . What a way for the American League season to end!" -- Howard Cosell, ABC-TV.
"My first thought was that I hit a home run. Then I realized it was the ninth inning, the game was over and we'd won the championship. Then I thought, 'Oh no, the people are on the field.' I was in the middle of a mass of people and when I fell to the ground, it was scary." -- Chambliss.
"I never felt like it was fun to celebrate that home run with the fans. They didn't belong on the field. I wanted to meet my teammates at home plate and I couldn't." -- Chambliss.

Chambliss was the hitting star of the 1976 ALCS, as he also hit a two-run homer in Game 3 to help the Yankees win that game 5 to 3. He hit an ALCS record .524 with 2 home runs and eight RBIs. In the 1976 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds, Chambliss hit .313 (5-for-16) with one RBI.

Chambliss played three more seasons with the Yankees, winning a Gold Glove for fielding prowess in 1978. He then moved on to Atlanta from 1980-1986. He had one at-bat with the Yankees in 1987 and struck out. After his playing days ended, Chambliss became a hitting instructor for several teams and is talked about as a possible managerial candidate.

In 1991, he was named Minor League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News.

He is now the hitting coach for the Cincinnati Reds.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1971 CLE A 111 415 49 114 9 48 .275 .341 .407 20 4 40 83 2 2 2 1 9
1972 CLE A 121 466 51 136 6 44 .292 .327 .397 27 2 26 63 0 3 3 2 8
1973 CLE A 155 572 70 156 11 53 .273 .342 .390 30 2 58 76 3 1 4 8 14
1974 NY A 110 400 38 97 6 43 .243 .282 .343 16 3 23 43 0 2 0 1 9
1974 CLE A 17 67 8 22 0 7 .328 .375 .388 4 0 5 5 0 0 0 1 1
1974 TOT A 127 467 46 119 6 50 .255 .296 .349 20 3 28 48 0 2 0 2 10
1975 NY A 150 562 66 171 9 72 .304 .336 .434 38 4 29 50 1 4 0 9 19
1976 NY A 156 641 79 188 17 96 .293 .323 .441 32 6 27 80 3 1 1 1 11
1977 NY A 157 600 90 172 17 90 .287 .336 .445 32 6 45 73 2 0 4 5 22
1978 NY A 162 625 81 171 12 90 .274 .321 .382 26 3 41 60 5 1 2 3 6
1979 NY A 149 554 61 155 18 63 .280 .324 .437 27 3 34 53 5 1 3 4 9
1980 ATL N 158 602 83 170 18 72 .282 .338 .440 37 2 49 73 4 2 7 6 11
1981 ATL N 107 404 44 110 8 51 .272 .343 .403 25 2 44 41 1 2 4 10 11
1982 ATL N 157 534 57 144 20 86 .270 .337 .436 25 2 57 57 0 0 7 13 11
1983 ATL N 131 447 59 125 20 78 .280 .366 .481 24 3 63 68 0 0 2 15 8
1984 ATL N 135 389 47 100 9 44 .257 .350 .362 14 0 58 54 1 0 1 12 10
1985 ATL N 101 170 16 40 3 21 .235 .307 .329 7 0 18 22 0 0 0 4 5
1986 ATL N 97 122 13 38 2 14 .311 .384 .426 8 0 15 24 0 0 0 4 2
1988 NY A 1 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 886 2668 319 727 80 366 .272 .345 .422 140 9 304 339 6 4 21 64 58
Total AL 1289 4903 593 1382 105 606 .282 .328 .411 252 33 328 587 21 15 19 35 108
Total 2175 7571 912 2109 185 972 .279 .334 .415 392 42 632 926 27 19 40 99 166

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1971 CLE A 1B 108 108 946 943 55 8 85 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1972 CLE A 1B 119 117 1057 1109 56 8 109 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1973 CLE A 1B 154 151 1361.2 1437 114 14 153 1 0 0 0 0 .991
1974 NY A 1B 106 103 920.2 873 78 8 93 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1974 NY A DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1974 CLE A 1B 17 17 154 162 6 3 14 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1974 TOT A 1B 123 120 1074.2 1035 84 11 107 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1975 NY A 1B 147 146 1299.1 1222 106 12 113 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1976 NY A 1B 155 154 1400 1440 109 9 123 0 0 0 0 0 .994
1976 NY A DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1977 NY A 1B 157 150 1356.1 1368 98 16 129 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1978 NY A 1B 155 154 1367.2 1366 111 4 119 0 0 0 0 0 .997
1978 NY A DH 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1979 NY A DH 16 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1979 NY A 1B 134 132 1171.2 1299 95 7 135 0 0 0 0 0 .995
1980 ATL N 1B 158 158 1373 1626 101 12 140 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1981 ATL N 1B 107 107 949 1046 94 4 83 0 0 0 0 0 .997
1982 ATL N 1B 151 137 1261.1 1352 138 10 144 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1983 ATL N 1B 126 122 1050.1 1092 89 5 117 0 0 0 0 0 .996
1984 ATL N 1B 109 103 889.1 996 70 8 84 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1985 ATL N 1B 39 27 271.1 299 25 1 31 0 0 0 0 0 .997
1986 ATL N 1B 20 12 128.1 141 6 1 15 0 0 0 0 0 .993
Total 1B 1962 1898 16957 17771 1351 130 1687 1 0 0 0 0 .993
Total DH 25 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Transactions

  • Selected by Cincinnati Reds in the 31st round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 6, 1967).
  • Selected by Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the secondary phase of free-agent draft - did not sign (January 27, 1968).
  • Selected by Cleveland Indians in the 1st round (1st pick overall) of the free-agent draft (January 17, 1970).
  • Traded by Cleveland Indians with Dick Tidrow and Cecil Upshaw to New York Yankees in exchange for Fritz Peterson, Steve Kline, Fred Beene and Tom Buskey (April 26, 1974).
  • Traded by New York Yankees with Damaso Garcia and Paul Mirabella to Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Tom Underwood, Rick Cerone and Ted Wilborn (November 1, 1979).
  • Traded by Toronto Blue Jays with Luis Gomez to Atlanta Braves in exchange for Barry Bonnell, Pat Rockett and Joey McLaughlin (December 5, 1979).
  • Granted free agency (November 12, 1986).
  • Signed by New York Yankees (May 7, 1988).
  • Released by New York Yankees (May 10, 1988).

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