Chipper Jones, one of the most popular players in Atlanta Braves franchise history and one of the most nationally recognized professional athletes of all time, will be the featured speaker at this year's Times Free Press Best of Preps banquet June 17 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
Jones was the first overall pick in the 1990 major league draft and spent his entire professional career with the Braves. In 19 years with the big-league team, he helped Atlanta reach the playoffs 14 times, including three World Series appearances and the 1995 world championship.
He was an eight-time All-Star selection before retiring after last season and is considered a likely first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee when he becomes eligible in four years. On June 28, Jones' number 10 jersey will be retired by the Braves and he will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.