Before Chipper Jones became an eight-time All-Star who amassed Hall of Fame–worthy statistics during a nineteen-year career with the Atlanta Braves, he was just a country kid from small town Pierson, Florida. A kid who grew up playing baseball in the backyard with his dad dreaming that one day he’d be a major league ballplayer.
With his trademark candor and astonishing recall, Chipper Jones tells the story of his rise to the MLB ranks and what it took to stay with one organization his entire career in an era of booming free agency. His journey begins with learning the art of switch-hitting and takes off after the Braves make him the number one overall pick in the 1990 draft, setting him on course to become the linchpin of their lineup at the height of their fourteen-straight division-title run.
Ballplayer takes readers into the clubhouse of the Braves’ extraordinary dynasty, from the climax of the World Series championship in 1995 to the last-gasp division win by the 2005 “Baby Braves”; all the while sharing pitch-by-pitch dissections of clashes at the plate with some of the all-time great starters, such as Clemens and Johnson, as well as closers such as Wagner and Papelbon. He delves into his relationships with Bobby Cox and his famous Braves brothers—Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz, among them—and opponents from Cal Ripken Jr. to Barry Bonds. The National League MVP also opens up about his overnight rise to superstardom and the personal pitfalls that came with fame; his spirited rivalry with the New York Mets; his reflections on baseball in the modern era—outrageous money, steroids, and all—and his special last season in 2012.
Ballplayer immerses us in the best of baseball, as if we’re sitting next to Chipper in the dugout on an endless spring day.
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About the Author
Carroll Rogers Walton is a freelance sports journalist who covered the Braves for nearly twenty years as a beat writer for both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Macon, Georgia, Telegraph. She lives in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and son.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Bobby Cox ix
Prologue: The Last Big Play 1
Chapter 1 Chip off the Old Block 5
Chapter 2 "I Got This" 18
Chapter 3 The White Elephant 27
Chapter 4 Draft Day 43
Chapter 5 Carry a Big Stick 64
Chapter 6 Major Motivation 75
Chapter 7 On the Defensive 85
Chapter 8 Showtime 102
Chapter 9 Going Deep 125
Chapter 10 Our Time 138
Chapter 11 Raising the Stakes 150
Chapter 12 World Series Ghosts 156
Chapter 13 Inside the Clubhouse 169
Chapter 14 The Perks 185
Chapter 15 Leading a Double Life 195
Chapter 16 Coming Clean 205
Chapter 17 The Worm Has Turned 221
Chapter 18 Lar-ry 234
Chapter 19 Playing the Villain 240
Chapter 20 A One-Team Guy 254
Chapter 21 Tools and Tricks of the Trade 271
Chapter 22 Teaching Points 288
Chapter 23 The End of an Era 299
Chapter 24 Walking Off 315
Chapter 25 Fireworks 321
Chapter 26 Curtain Calls 328
Chipper Jones's Career Statistics 347
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As sports books go, a very enjoyable read. Great insight to the Braves teams of the 90's. Really interesting to hear about his minor league days. A reminder that talent can only get you so far, hard work is necessary to achieve success. Carroll Rogers Walton does an excellent job putting Chipper's story on paper. Buy it.