63 Facts About Atlanta Braves


Atlanta Braves are an American professional baseball team based in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

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The Atlanta Braves compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League East division.

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Name "Atlanta Braves", which was first used in 1912, originates from a term for a Native American warrior.

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The Atlanta Braves were founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1871, as the Boston Red Stockings .

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From 1991 to 2005, the Atlanta Braves were one of the most successful teams in baseball, winning an unprecedented 14 consecutive division titles, and producing one of the greatest pitching rotations in the history of baseball.

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The Atlanta Braves are the only Major League Baseball franchise to have won the World Series in three different home cities.

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Two years later, the Atlanta Braves put together one of the most memorable seasons in baseball history.

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Nevertheless, the Atlanta Braves swept the Athletics—the first unqualified sweep in the young history of the modern World Series to win the world championship.

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Atlanta Braves played the World Series at Fenway Park, since their normal home, the South End Grounds, was too small.

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However, the Atlanta Braves' success inspired owner Gaffney to build a modern park, Atlanta Braves Field, which opened in August 1915.

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The Atlanta Braves finally managed to be competitive in 1933 and 1934 under manager Bill McKechnie, but Fuchs' revenue was severely depleted due to the Great Depression.

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Atlanta Braves was granted the title of assistant manager, and was to be consulted on all of the Braves' deals.

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However, in the 1948 season, the Atlanta Braves had the same overall winning percentage as in games that Spahn and Sain started.

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The 1956 Atlanta Braves finished second, only one game behind the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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In 1957, the Atlanta Braves celebrated their first pennant in nine years spearheaded by Aaron's MVP season, as he led the National League in home runs and RBI.

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In 1958, the Atlanta Braves again won the National League pennant and jumped out to a three games to one lead in the World Series against the New York Yankees once more, thanks in part to the strength of Spahn's and Burdette's pitching.

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The 1960 season featured two no-hitters by Burdette and Spahn, and Milwaukee finished seven games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates, who went on to win the World Series that year, in second place, one year after the Atlanta Braves were on the winning end of the 13-inning near-perfect game of Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix.

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However, none of the other Atlanta Braves produced at that level, and the team finished in the "second division", for the first time in its short history in Milwaukee.

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Atlanta Braves were mediocre as the 1960s began, with an inflated win total fed by the expansion New York Mets and Houston Colt.

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The 1967 season was the Atlanta Braves' first losing season since 1952, their last year in Boston.

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In 1969, with the onset of divisional play, the Atlanta Braves won the first-ever National League West Division title, before being swept by the "Miracle Mets" in the National League Championship Series.

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Atlanta Braves produced batting champions in Rico Carty and Ralph Garr .

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Atlanta Braves promoted 22-year-old slugger Dale Murphy into the starting lineup.

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Murphy won an MVP award the following season, but the Atlanta Braves began a period of decline that defined the team throughout the 1980s.

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Murphy, excelling in defense, hitting, and running, was consistently recognized as one of the league's best players, but the Atlanta Braves averaged only 65 wins per season between 1985 and 1990.

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From 1991 to 2005 the Atlanta Braves were one of most consistently winning teams in baseball.

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The Atlanta Braves won a record 14 straight division titles, five National League pennants, and one World Series title in 1995.

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That same year, the Atlanta Braves used the number one overall pick in the 1990 MLB draft to select Chipper Jones, who became one of the best hitters in team history.

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In 1992, the Atlanta Braves returned to the NLCS and defeated the Pirates in seven games, culminating in a dramatic game seven win.

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The Atlanta Braves lost the World Series to the Toronto Blue Jays, however.

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In 1993, the Atlanta Braves signed Cy Young Award winning pitcher Greg Maddux from the Chicago Cubs, leading many baseball insiders to declare the team's pitching staff the best in baseball.

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However, the Atlanta Braves fell in the NLCS to the Philadelphia Phillies in six games.

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Atlanta Braves returned strong the following strike-shortened year and beat the Cleveland Indians in the 1995 World Series.

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In December 2005, team owner Time Warner, which inherited the Atlanta Braves after purchasing Turner Broadcasting System in 1996, announced it was placing the team for sale.

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The Atlanta Braves are one of only two Major League Baseball teams under majority corporate ownership ; the other team is the Toronto Blue Jays .

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The Atlanta Braves were skippered by Bobby Cox, in his 25th and final season managing the team.

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The Atlanta Braves started the 2010 season slowly and had a nine-game losing streak in April.

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Atlanta Braves became the first Brave to win the All-Star Game MVP Award since Fred McGriff did so in 1994.

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The Atlanta Braves made two deals before the trade deadline to acquire Alex Gonzalez, Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth from the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals, giving up shortstop Yunel Escobar, pitchers Jo-Jo Reyes and Jesse Chavez, outfielder Gregor Blanco and three minor leaguers.

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Atlanta Braves led the National League Wild Card standings for much of the 2011 season, with the division-rival Philadelphia Phillies in first place in the National League East.

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The Atlanta Braves entered the final month of the regular season 25 games above.

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In 2012, the Atlanta Braves began their 138th season after an upsetting end to the 2011 season.

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On March 22, the Atlanta Braves announced that third baseman Chipper Jones would retire following the 2012 season after 19 Major League seasons with the team.

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The Atlanta Braves lost many key players through trades or free agency, including pitcher Derek Lowe, shortstop Alex Gonzalez, and outfielder Nate McLouth.

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The Atlanta Braves played the St Louis Cardinals in the first-ever Wild Card Game.

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The Atlanta Braves promptly traded Gold Glove Award winner Jason Heyward to the St Louis Cardinals along with pitcher Jordan Walden for pitchers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins.

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Manfred ruled that the Atlanta Braves must forfeit 13 international prospects, including highly touted Kevin Maitan, an infielder from Venezuela who signed for $4.

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Atlanta Braves–Mets rivalry is a rivalry between the two teams, featuring the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets as they both play in the National League East.

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Atlanta Braves originally wore the same uniform design from their final years in Milwaukee, save for the red-brimmed navy cap which was changed from a block "M" to a script "A".

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Atlanta Braves entered the polyester era with a new look, changing from navy to royal blue while keeping red as a trim color.

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Atlanta Braves returned to wearing pinstripes and gray uniforms with this set.

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The Atlanta Braves wore two all-blue caps: the home cap featured the white "A" script with red trim, while the road cap lacked the red trim on the "A".

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Atlanta Braves updated their uniform set in 1987, returning to buttoned uniforms and belted pants.

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Atlanta Braves have had three different versions of their Friday red alternate home uniform.

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From 2014 to 2018, the Atlanta Braves tweaked the uniform; the "Atlanta Braves" script was now adorned with stars while the tomahawk was removed.

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In 2019, the Atlanta Braves reverted to a variation of the original red alternate uniform minus the white piping.

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The Atlanta Braves quit wearing the cream alternate uniforms after the 2019 season.

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Atlanta Braves have worn two versions of their alternate navy blue road jerseys.

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For 2019, the Atlanta Braves drastically changed the uniform to feature red lettering, a red tomahawk and silver piping.

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Carolyn King, the Atlanta Braves organist, had played the "tomahawk song" during most at bats for a few seasons, but it finally caught on with Atlanta Braves fans when the team started winning.

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The Atlanta Braves released a statement announcing that discussions were still ongoing about the chop, but the team name would not be changed.

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Atlanta Braves have retired eleven numbers in the history of the franchise, including most recently Chipper Jones' number 10 in 2013, John Smoltz's number 29 in 2012, Bobby Cox's number 6 in 2011, Tom Glavine's number 47 in 2010, and Greg Maddux's number 31 in 2009.

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Atlanta Braves baseball had been on TBS since it was WTCG in 1972 and had been a cornerstone of the national superstation since it began in 1976.

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