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 MLB regular 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 in a seven-player swap. He would play in parts of six seasons in the Big Apple, enjoying three straight playoff trips and a pair of World Series titles.
At the end of his Yankees days, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, but was with the club for less than two months before he was traded to the Atlanta Braves, where he remained for seven years before one final at bat, a strikeout, with the Yankees in 1988.