ATLANTA (AP) _ Former major league player and longtime Atlanta Braves coach Jim Beauchamp has died of leukemia. He was 68.
Beauchamp was the bench coach for the Braves between 1991 and 1998, during the team's transformation from a last-place team to a perennial contender. He was a part of the team's World Series championship in 1995 and most recently served as supervisor of the club's minor-league field operations.
Beauchamp spent 22 years with the Braves as part of a 50-year career in baseball in the major and minor leagues.
He had a 10-year major league playing career as a first baseman and an outfielder with St Louis, Houston, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Cincinnati and the New York Mets. He played his final major league game for the Mets in 1973 and ended his career with a .231 batting average and 14 home runs.
Beauchamp, who died Tuesday, is survived by his wife and five children.
Says his son Kach "As tough as he was as a competitor and a baseball man, he had a very soft side when it came to being a father.''