With the first overall pick in the January portion of the amateur draft, the Cleveland Indians select left-handed hitting Chris Chambliss.
Of the seven picks the Indians make in this draft, Chambliss will be the only one to reach the Majors. The Dayton, Ohio, native debuted with the Tribe just one year later and, despite missing almost two months of the season, would be the American League’s Rookie of the Year. He will spend parts of four seasons in Cleveland before being dealt to the New York Yankees, where he will play parts of six seasons enjoying three straight playoff trips and a pair of World Series titles.
Following his Yankees days, he moved on to Atlanta for seven years before one final at bat, a strikeout, with the Yankees in 1988.