Bob Horner

Bob Horner

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James Robert "Bob" Horner (born August 6, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman/first baseman and right-handed batter who played for the Atlanta Braves (1978–1986) and St. Louis Cardinals (1988). Horner was hampered by assorted injuries for most of his major league career.

Horner was born in Junction City, Kansas but grew up in Glendale, Arizona, attending Apollo High School in Glendale where he set school records. His college career at Arizona State University included the first ever Golden Spikes Award. With his 9 home runs in 1976 he is tied with Ike Davis (2006) for third all-time by a Sun Devil freshman, two behind Barry Bonds (in 1983).

A second baseman for TSN's College All-America team in 1977 and 1978, Horner set an NCAA record with 58 career home runs for Arizona State, set a 25-homer season record, and was selected the MVP of 1977 College World Series.

Horner was drafted by Atlanta as the first overall pick of the 1978 amateur draft and made his debut in the same year. He is one of a handful of players to go directly to the starting lineup in the major leagues without spending a day in the minor leagues. In his first game, he belted a home run off Bert Blyleven of the Pirates. In 89 games, Horner batted .266 with 23 home runs, 63 runs batted in in 323 at bats, with an on-base percentage of .313 and a slugging percentage of .539. His 23 home runs led all National League third basemen in 1978. He won the National League Rookie of the Year...
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