VERONA, N.Y. (WKTV) - 1970s Yankee legend Chris Chambliss was the guest of honor at the 11th Annual Legends of the Diamond Dinner at the Recovery Sports Grill Tuesday. Chambliss followed in the footsteps of former Yankee teammates Roy White and Bucky Dent, who were the guests the last two years.
The first baseman broke into the majors with the Indians, winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1970. He was traded to the Yankees in 1974, playing six seasons with the Bronx Bombers, winning two World Series titles and hitting a game winning home run in Game 5 of the 1976 ALCS against the Royals.
Chambliss would head to Atlanta for seven years, before playing one last game with the Yankees in 1988, finishing 17 years as an MLB player, before becoming a coach. He would serve as the Yankees' hitting coach on the staff of soon to be Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre, winning four more titles between 1996-2000.
"There's no team like (the Yankees)," Chambliss said Tuesday. "There's no team that brings their former players and have a great venue for that. It's exciting and it's a thrill and it's lasting and that's what's important. You get together with the guys and no matter how long youy've been away from them, it's like you're starting over and we're playing ball together again. It's a great tradition and a great organization and I'm happy to be a part of it."