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Braves bench coach for '95 Series team dies at 68

12/27/2007 - MLB Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA -- Former major league player and longtime
Atlanta Braves coach Jim Beauchamp has died of leukemia. He was 68.

"As a son, my fondest memory of him was how much he told us he
loved us," Kash Beauchamp told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"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."

A memorial service will be held Jan. 5 at Southwest Christian
Church, said Brandon Roberts, a funeral director at Parrott Funeral
Home in Fairburn, Ga. There will also be services in Phenix City,
Ala., and Grove, Okla.

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.

Beauchamp, who was born on Aug. 21, 1939 in Vinita, Okla., 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, playing his final major league game for the
Mets in 1973. His career batting average was .231, with 14 home
runs.

Beauchamp, who died Tuesday, is survived by his wife and five
children.