BiographyBorn on Dec. 12, 1945 Ralph Allen Garr began his life in Monroe, Louisiana. Garr attended Grambling State University before becoming a Major League Baseball player. Garr played outfield for the Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox and California Angels. He batted left-handed and threw right. In 1974 Garr led the National League in hitting ending with a .353 average and thus was named to the National League All-Star team. In a 13-year career, he batted .306 with 75 home runs and 408 RBIs in 1317 games. He had 1,562 career hits in 5,108 at bats. Garr had 717 career runs scored and he batted .300 or better 5 times during his career. Ralph Garr was a very talented hitter and had the skill to hit to all areas of the field. This left the opposing team never quite sure how to set up their defense when Garr came up to bat. 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 base running instructor.
Braves Career Highlights1968: Garr's second pro season, he came up from the minor leagues to play for the Braves and stole home for the first of 172 stolen bases. 1969 & 1970: Ralph was the International League batting champion and stolen base leader. 1971: Garr ties a Major League record for the most homeruns in extra innings on May 17 when he homers in the 10th and 12th innings of a game against the Mets. He's only the 4th to do it and the 2nd National Leaguer. Garr batted .343, with 219 hits, 101 runs, and 30 stolen bases. 1973: Garr broke the Atlanta record for stolen bases, which he had set in his first full season. 1974: Atlanta's Ralph Garr goes into the All star break with 149 hits before the break, which is the most that century. He had 200 hits before August was complete, but he suffered a knee injury in September that kept him sidelined for nearly three weeks. He ended with 214 hits. Garr led the National League in batting average at .353, hits at 214, and triples at 17. He was named player-of-the-Month of May and he won the National League batting crown. 1975: Garr was the leadoff batter for the Braves and was once again triples leader with 11.
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