Police locate former Atlanta Braves player Otis Nixon

WOODSTOCK, Ga. — Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Otis Nixon has been found safe.

The Woodstock Police Department sent out a tweet Sunday evening saying Nixon, 58, was last seen leaving his home about 10 a.m. Saturday.

We're working to learn new details about his disappearance for Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m.

He was last seen in a gray 2011 Range Rover with Georgia tag CFP9010.

Police said Nixon left for a tee time at a local golf course, but never arrived.

He left wearing a black long sleeve-shirt, black sweatpants and a black baseball cap, with black Adidas shoes with white stripes.

[PHOTOS: Otis Nixon through the years]

Nixon joined the Braves during the team's worst-to-first season in 1991. The following season, Nixon made his now famous catch, leaping high above the outfield wall to rob Pittsburgh’s Andy Van Slyke of a go-ahead home run. “The Catch” preserved a 13-game winning streak for the Braves.

He amazed fans with leaping catches and blazing stolen bases, with a career record of 600. But he missed the Braves' trip to the World Series in 1991 after failing a drug test.


Channel 2 Action News previously reported on Nixon following a 2013 arrest on charges of crack cocaine possession.

He declined to talk at that time.

A police report stated a crack cocaine pipe was found in Nixon's pocket and following his arrest, Nixon allegedly handed a deputy a small bag containing suspected rock cocaine.

An additional pipe was found in the truck.

The report stated Nixon did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and stated the drugs and the pipe belonged to his son.