Sunday, November 21, 2010

1967 Topps #307 Jim Beauchamp

1967 Topps #307 Jim Beauchamp


Born in Venita, Oklahoma, Beach was a legend in his home state. After turning pro in 1958, Beauchamp spent the 1959, 1960, and the first eleven games of the 1961 season at AA Tulsa (Cardinals). During that time, Beauchamp put up some pretty good numbers, but it wasn't until his sixth minor league season that Beauchamp really broke out the bat. Moving back down from AAA Atlanta to AA Tulsa for the '63 season, Jim absolutely raked- hitting .337 with 31 homers, 105 RBI, 95 runs, 35 2B, 10 3B, 21 SB, a .625 SLG, and a 1.019 OPS. Beauchamp finished the '63 season in St Louis, going 0-3 with 2 strikeouts. Beauchump was then traded that offseason to the Houston Colt 45s and from there on spent the rest of his playing career bouncing back and forth between the Braves, Reds, Astros, Cardinals, and Mets. Despite spending ten years in the majors, Beach only collected 730 plate appearances. After his playing days were over, Jim went on to manage in the minors for 15 years, five of those being in the Braves organization. Atlanta then brought Jim up to the major league team to serve as bench coach from 1991-2001. Beauchamp in 2002 began serving as the Braves' minor league outfield coordinator, a position he kept until his death in 2007.

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