The Braves drafted Bob Horner (.278/.339/.508) first overall in the 1978 baseball draft. The third-baseman hit 23 home runs that year to beat out Ozzie Smith for NL Rookie of the Year honors. He topped 30 homers three times — four of those in one spectacular game in 1986 — before injuries cut short a once promising career.
Ron Gant (.262/.336/.468) wore No. 5 for seven seasons. Gant was part of the Braves' resurgence in 1991. He was infamously lifted off the bag by Minnesota first baseman Kent Hrbek in Game 2 of the 1991 World Series. Gant was called out in what was the most controversial play of the seven-game series.
Third baseman Terry Pendleton spent four seasons in Atlanta, winning an MVP in 1991 — all while wearing No. 9. He signed with the then-Florida Marlins in 1995 only to be traded back to Atlanta for Roosevelt Brown in August 1996. No. 9, however, was no longer available, as it was worn by Marquis Grissom. Wearing No. 5 over 42 regular season games, Pendleton hit .204/.271/.315. (Pendleton was one of three Braves to wear No. 5 that 1996 season —catcher Tyler Houston and shortstop Pablo Martinez were the others.)
Between 1997 and 2009 five Braves donned No. 5, before Freddie Freeman took over the jersey. Freeman (.293/.397/.504) has been a mainstay at first over the last decade. The four-time All-Star hit a career-38 homers last season.
Who wore it best?