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Barbra O’Neil Chrisley
Born: Dec. 16, 1931 in Calhoun Falls, S.C.
Debut: 1957 | Pos: OF
H: 6’3″ | W: 187 | B: L | T: R

5 302 619 60 130 16 64 3 .210

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Neil Chrisley, who had been a star of the Textile Baseball Leagues in South Carolina, made his major league debut on April 15, 1957 with Washington.

The outfielder appeared in 302 games over five seasons in the majors and collected 130 hits in 619 at-bats. His totals include 16 home runs and 64 RBIs.

According to some reports, he had a combined 60 home runs over his last three minor league seasons. His major league career include stops with Washington (1957-58), Detroit (1959-60) and Milwaukee (1961).

He signed as an amateur free agent with the Boston Red Sox in 1950. Five years later, in November 1955, Boston traded Chrisley along with Dick Brodowski, Truman Clevenger, Al Curtis and Karl Olson to Washington for Mikey Vernon, Bob Porterfield, Johnny Schmitz and Tom Umphlett.

He played in 26 games for Washington in 1957, driving in 3 runs. In 1958, he had 233 at-bats in 105 games for Washington, hitt .215 with 5 home runs and 26 RBI. At the end of the 1958 season, Chrisley was traded to Detroit along with Eddie Yost and Rocky Bridges for Reno Bertoia, Ron Samford and Jim Delsing.

He hit 11 home runs between the 1959 and 1960 seasons in Detroit, but his .255 in 220 at-bats in 1960 was a career high. On May 7, 1960, Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette could only manage a one-hitter against the Tigers as Chrisley broke up the no-hitter with a double.

In Dec. 1960, the Tigers sent Frank Bolling and a player to be named later (Chrisley) to Milwaukee for Billy Bruton, Chuck Cottier, Dick Brown and Terry Fox. In Oct. 1961, Milwaukee sold Chrisley’s contract to the Mets. He was returned to the Braves in April 1962.

At one point, following his baseball career, Chrisley worked in Greenwood, S.C., as an insurance agent.