The Durham Bulls have announced plans to retire Chipper Jones' jersey number 10 in a ceremony before their game against the Charlotte Knights on Tuesday, August 20. The Atlanta Braves legend will be on hand at Durham Bulls Athletic Park as the team commemorates his time in Durham by ensuring no other player will wear his number again.
In conjunction with the Jersey Retirement Ceremony, the Bulls also unveil the "Chipper Bobble Bundle," a three game ticket pack that includes a limited edition Chipper Jones bobblehead (photo attached). The package contains tickets to games on July 14, August 10, the jersey retirement game on August 20 and the Chipper bobblehead for $24.99. Bobbleheads will be distributed to package purchasers on August 20. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the offer early, as supplies are very limited.
A fresh-faced prospect on the then Single-A Braves affiliate, Jones played in 70 games with the Bulls during the 1992 season. His stint in the Bull City was dwarfed however by a Hall of Fame career with Atlanta, where he anchored a Braves team that won a World Series championship in his rookie season (1995) and a remarkable 11 straight NL East titles ('95-'05). In his 19-year Major League career, the beloved third baseman became one of the most prolific switch hitters ever to play the game, ranking behind only Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray in career homers (468). He won an MVP award (1999), a batting title (2008), and was an eight-time All-Star.
Jones will become only the fourth player ever to have his number retired by the Durham Bulls organization, joining Crash Davis (8), Joe Morgan (18), and Bill Evers (20). Before the Bulls honor him though, his jersey number 10 is scheduled to be retired by the Atlanta Braves before their game with Arizona on June 28.
The Chipper Bobble Bundle and tickets for the Chipper Jones Jersey Retirement Ceremony on August 20 are on sale now at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park box office, by phone at 919.956.BULL extension 3, or online at durhambulls.com.