The Atlanta Braves built their championship years based on an amazing farm system. Bill Lucas was the first black general manager in baseball history. He love to talk about the Braves farm system in the late 1970′s. He was absolutely convinced it would make them contenders. He was right.
Before the 1978 season, he came back from a scouting mission to the Dominican winter league. Former Brave Rico Carty liked to call himself the “Beeg Boy”. One day he pointed to the scoreboard in left field and said “The Beeg Boy hit one over there last night. Then he pointed to the field beyond the scoreboard and said “But the Beeg Donkey hit one way over there”.
The “Beeg Donkey” was of course, Dale Murphy, the pride of the Atlanta Braves farm system. He was one of the few prospects who lived up to his potential.