1976-1984, 1988
Jerry Royster
Jeron Kennis Royster was born October 18, 1952 in Sacramento, California. Royster was a third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Atlanta Braves, the San Diego Padres, the Chicago White Sox, and the New York Yankees, as well as a former manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. At age 17, he was signed as an amateur free agent by the Dodgers in 1970. Three years later he made it up to the big leagues with Los Angeles. He did not play more than 13 games with the Dodgers, before they quickly sent him to the Atlanta Braves as part of a six-player trade. Royster became a regular third baseman with the Braves. Royster spent nine years with the Braves, before he joined the Padres as a free agent, but he was no longer an everyday infielder. In 1988, he returned to the Braves at the age of 35, but at the end of the season he retired. In 2002, Royster returned to the major leagues as a coach under Davey Lopes. After only 15 games Lopes was fired and Royster was named interim manager. Royster was named the head coach two weeks later, but he was fired after a disappointing 53-94 record.

Royster was a very athletic adolescence; in high school he was a four-sport athlete lettering in not only in baseball, but also in basketball, football and track.

In 1975 Royster was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Year with a .333 batting average, 91 runs scored, and 33 stolen bases, but he never achieved the same batting success in the majors. Royster saw his most game action in 1979, playing 80 games at third base and 77 at second base for the Braves, and hit .273 with career highs of 103 runs, 51 RBI, 25 doubles, and 35 stolen bases. Royster spent most of his career as a useful utility man.

Braves Career Highlights
Named to the 1976 Topps All-Star Rookie Roster.

Set Atlanta's all-time career stolen base record at 151, breaking Ralph Garr's record of 137. Jerry led the Braves in stolen bases from 1976-1980.
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