April 19, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 54, Chipper Jones (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

Chipper Jones grew up idolizing Mickey Mantle, which is a bit weird if you think about it. Jones is five years younger than I am, and I’m too young to have seen Mantle play even at the very end of his career. But as you probably guessed, Jones didn’t need to see Mantle play in order to understand.

His father, Larry Sr., saw Mantle play. And that was enough.

Fathers and sons. They are at the heart of so many baseball stories.

Step 1: Come up with the name

If you want to raise a legendary ballplayer, obviously, you must begin with a name, a good name, a ballplayer’s name. Mutt Mantle knew long before his son was born that he would be…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 54, Chipper Jones” at The Athletic