BiographyRonald Edwin Gant was born March 2, 1965 in Victoria, Texas. Gant is a former American Major League right-handed outfielder who had played second baseman earlier in his career. He played for the Atlanta Braves in 1987-1993, the Cincinnati Reds in 1995, the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996-1998, the Philadelphia Phillies 1999-2000, the Anaheim Angels in 2000, the Colorado Rockies and the Oakland Athletics in 2001, for the San Diego Padres in 2002, and again the Athletics briefly in 2003. He is one of the few players to ever join the 30-30 club, at least 30 stolen bases and at least 30 home runs in the same season, when he accomplished it twice in 1990 and 1991 with the Braves.
Braves Career Highlights2-time All-Star (1992, 95)
Silver Slugger Award winner in 1991, in the outfield
Top 15 in MVP voting, 4 times in his career (1990, 91, 93, 95)
Top 10 in home runs, 4 times in his career (1990, 91, 93, 95)
Top 5 in RBI's twice in his career (1991, 93)
Top 10 in slugging percentage three times (1990, 91, 95)
Top 5 in runs, 3 times (1990, 91, 93) 1989: Gant started as Atlanta's third baseman, but struggled at this position. He was optioned to A Sumter minor league in June, where he was moved to center field. 1990: Ron joined Dale Murphy and Lonnie Smith in the outfield, replacing Oddibe McDowell. Gant batted .303, with 32 home runs and 33 steals. USA Today and Sports Illustrated named Gant their 1990 Comeback Player-of-the-Year, Gant became the 13th 30-30 player in Major League History and this feat came as a surprise to most. 1991: Gant joined Willie Mays and Bobby Bonds in an elite club by became the third player in history to have back-to-back 30-30 seasons. He was also among the league leaders in homeruns, doubles, RBIs, runs, and stolen bases, assisting the Braves to their first division title and World Series in several years. 1991 Post Season: Ron Gant set the NLCS record with seven stolen bases, breaking the old mark of five. In Game 2 at Pittsburg, on October 10th, Gant became the fourth National League player to steal three bases in a League Championship Series contest. 1992: Despite a sub-par season, Gant became the first Brave in franchise history to record three consecutive years with 30+ stolen bases and 80+ RBI... Joined Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Dale Murphy and Wally Berger as the only Braves since 1900 with three straight seasons of 80+ RBI. Now ranks 4th on all-time Atlanta list with 131 stolen bases. 1992 Post-Season: In Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, Gant recorded his first career grand slam and only the fourth in NLCS history. Gant set a major league record as he stole one base in the League Championship Series and stole two bases in the World Series. 1993: Gant blasted 36 homers and 117 RBIs, but he missed the 30-30 club by just four stolen bases.
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