Boston Braves

The Braves were one of eight founding teams in the National League when it began its franchise in 1876 as the Boston Red Caps. From there, the team would be bought and sold several times, undergo new nicknames such as the Beaneaters, Doves, Rustlers, Braves, Bees and then finally back to the Braves.

1914 is perhaps one of the best comeback stories in baseball lore. Dubbed the "Miracle Braves", the team found itself in last place on July 6th with a 27-40 record. The big come back began as the Braves tore off an impressive 68-19 mark in their last 87 games, 10.5 games better than the New York Giants as they leap frogged the teams ahead of them.

In that year of the miracle, the Boston Braves stormed into the World Series and swept the heavily favored Philadelphia A's in stunning fashion, 4-0. Afterwards, Connie Mack disassembled the A's, culling the older players, some of which jumped ship anyways to greener pastures. The Braves would not reach the World Series for the next 34 seasons.

The Braves had returned to being just standard within the division for the next 30 plus years, eventually returning to respectability with manager Billy Southworth, who had gained fame by steering the great St. Louis Cardinal teams of the 1940's.

The National League Pennant was captured by the Braves in 1948, due to mostly the pitching of Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain. The often heard mantra with Braves fans and the newspapers was, (Spahn and Sain and pray for rain). Which indicated the Braves were no good unless those two pitchers were on the mound.

In 1948, The Boston Braves locked up with the Cleveland Indians and lost in their second World Series to the tribe in 6 games.

For the next four years, the Braves began to lose more money, more fans and prompted owner Lou Perini to look about the country for a new place to move the Braves. Milwaukee seemed to be a good fit, away from Red Sox.

The move of the Braves to Milwaukee was the first shift of a major league franchise since 1903 and it closed the book on a 81-year history the team had cemented in Boston. In the final game as the Boston Braves, the Braves ended in a 5-5 tie with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field on Sept. 28th, 1952. They left Boston with 10 Pennants and 1 World Series Championship.

Milwaukee Braves

The Braves came to Milwaukee and gave the city that was hungry for baseball another baseball team to root for. Free of any other baseball teams in the city taking fans and money away from the franchise like the Red Sox had in Boston, the Braves settled in County Stadium to begin what was thought to be a life-long relationship with the fans and city.

While there, the Braves had developed into a National League powerhouse in the 1950's with breakout stars such as Henry Aaron, Eddie Mathews leading the charge with a supporting cast of Joe Adcock and Del Crandall. The pitching staff had Braves vet Warren Spahn, Lew Burdette and Bob Buhl. Aaron and Spahn would capture MVP and Cy Young in 1957 respectively.

On the first game at County Stadium, the Braves shutout the Reds 2-0 on April 13th, 1953 on Max Surkont's 3-hit shutout. From there the Braves would play before 1,826,397 fans in that inaugural season in Milwaukee which, by the way, had set the National League attendance record for that time.

The team rolled in the 1950's winning back to back National League Pennants in 1957 and again in 1958. Both trips to the World Series saw the Braves and Yankees take the series to seven games. The Braves, led by Lew Burdette's 3 complete games in the World Series in 1957 captured the Braves second World Series title. The team and the city of Milwaukee were overjoyed.

However, in 1958, the Braves and Yankees met once again the following year. Another World Series that would go the distance to the seventh game as the Braves failed to repeat as champs.

Just like in Boston, the fans began to slow at the gates and didn't fill the seats to watch the team that they loved and cheered during the 50's play. Attendance began to fall sharply and the new management decided that they would uproot the Braves and move once again, maybe to a place that appreciated them more.

Wooed by the city of Atlanta, the Braves front office decided that the south would be their new home. City officials were trying to lure major league teams down to Atlanta for some time and saw that the Braves were interested in leaving Milwaukee. One selling point was that the Braves would have no other baseball teams around and the radio and television markets was theirs.

The Braves announced that they were leaving the city of Milwaukee which made fans cry, spit and shout words of venom towards the management for the deed. But it was a business move for the team. Atlanta wanted to be the "Gateway to the South" and wanted the Braves as their centerpiece. A major league team would give the city a major league feel and make tourists look at the city as if they were growing up.

Having to wait out their lease in 1965, the Braves finally moved from Milwaukee after the lawsuits, the injunctions and the public outcries to keep them there in Milwaukee. The Braves only drew just a little over half a million fans that year, although most of the fans did not go to the games out of protest. The poor attendance only made the case for the Braves ownership that the move to Atlanta was in the team's best interest.

The last game the Braves played in County Stadium was on Sep. 22nd, 1965 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 7-6 loss. The crowd that watched the Braves for one last time in Milwaukee was recorded at 12, 577. For the '65 campaign, the Braves were only able to draw 555,584 in the Lame Duck season.

Atlanta Braves

With the nation's population shift heading to the south, Atlanta was poised to "grow-up" with having a major league baseball club and eventually other professional sports in the city. With no other baseball teams close to the Braves in the Southeast, they could turn a nice profit, build a huge following and secure t.v. and radio rights. It was a win-win for the owners, the front office and the fans and a chance for the city of Atlanta to become the "Gateway to the South".

In the first game in the newly constructed Atlanta Stadium (Later to be named Fulton-County Stadium), the Braves hooked up with the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 13 inning game where the Braves lost, 3-2. The fans, all 50,671 of them, saw Tony Cloninger pitch 13 innings in his first start of the season and future New York Yankees manager Joe Torre smacked 2 homeruns in Braves debut in the Peach State.

The Atlanta Braves in the 1960's had some ups and downs. The biggest up since the move from Milwaukee was the Braves winning the NL West Division, something new to baseball at the time in 1969. Their playoff rivals would be the New York Mets the "Amazin' Mets" as they were called. The Braves fell to the Mets 3 games to 0.

The 1970's Braves compiled a decade record of 725-883. The highlights of that decade were: Davey Johnson, Henry Aaron and Darrell Evans becoming the first trio in history at that point in time to hit 40 homeruns or more on the same team. Henry Aaron tied and surpassed the immortal Babe Ruth's all-time homerun record in April 8th, 1974 and under the radar in the same game, Aaron scored a run, breaking Willie Mays all-time National League runs scored record at 2,063.

The 1970's Atlanta Braves also saw Hall of Famer Phil Niekro have some of the best years of his career. He led the National League in wins twice (1974-20, 1979-21) and complete games (1974-18, 1977-20, 1978-22 and 1979-23) and even loses 3 times in (1977-20, 1978-18 and 1979-20). Phil Niekro has the distinction of leading the NL in wins and loses both in the same season (1979).

The 80's saw future Braves stars Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, Glen Hubbard emerge as Niekro began to closeout his career. The Braves in 1982 began their march to the playoffs that season by winning the first 13 games of the season and when the season was over, the Braves found themselves with another NL West Division crown, their 2nd since coming to Atlanta. But just like in 1969, they would be swept by the Cardinals 3-0. The Braves would never get back to the post season in the 80's. In fact, their failure as a team would give them the dubious distinction of having lost the most games than any other franchise from 1966-1990.

Aside from the NL West crown in 1982, Braves immortal Dale Murphy captured 2 back to back MVP awards (1982, 1983) and was the first Brave since Henry Aaron back in 1957 to win the award.

The 1990's saw the Braves turn a complete about-face in baseball. Going from worst to first in 1991, the Braves would roll the National League earning themselves a trip to the World Series 5 times (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1999).

The Team of the 90's, as several sportswriters and pundits called them, turned out 6 Cy Young Winners: Glavine-(1991, 1998) Greg Maddux-(1993,1994, 1995). John Smoltz-(1996).

Also, the Atlanta Braves of the 1990's produced 2 MVP's in Terry Pendleton (1991) and Chipper Jones (1999). Although they were the Team of the 1990's, the Braves only walked away with 1 World Series championship (1995). And the team won a monstrous 14 division titles in a row from 1991-2005.

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"One of my goals in life was to be surrounded by unpretentious rich young men. Then I bought the Braves and I was surrounded by twenty-five of them." - Atlanta Braves Team Owner Ted Turner

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Boston Beaneaters 100 Win Seasons
Year Record Manager
1898 102-47 Frank Selee
Atlanta Braves 100 Win Seasons
Year Record Manager
1993 104-58 Bobby Cox
1997 101-61 Bobby Cox
1998 106-56 Bobby Cox
1999 103-59 Bobby Cox
2002 101-59 Bobby Cox
2003 101-61 Bobby Cox
Boston Beaneaters 100 Loss Seasons
Year Record Manager
1905 51-103 Fred Tenney
1906 49-102 Fred Tenney
Boston Doves 100 Loss Seasons
Year Record Manager
1909 45-108 Frank Bowerman
" " " Harry Smith
1910 53-100 Fred Lake
Boston Rustlers 100 Loss Seasons
Year Record Manager
1911 44-107 Fred Tenney
Boston Braves 100 Loss Seasons
Year Record Manager
1912 52-101 Johnny Kling
1922 53-100 Fred Mitchell
1923 54-100 Fred Mitchell
1924 53-100 Dave Bancroft
1928 50-103 Jack Slattery
" " " Rogers Hornsby
1935 38-115 Bill McKechnie
Atlanta Braves 100 Loss Seasons
Year Record Manager
1977 61-101 Dave Bristol
" " " Ted Turner
" " " Vern Benson
1988 54-106 Chuck Tanner
" " " Russ Nixon
Boston Beaneaters No-Hitters
Name IP Date
Jack Stivetts 9.0 08-06-1892
Boston Doves No-Hitters
Name IP Date
Frank Pfeffer 9.0 05-08-1907
Boston Braves No-Hitters
Name IP Date
George Davis 9.0 09-09-1914
Tom Hughes 9.0 06-16-1916
Jim Tobin 9.0 04-27-1944
Vern Bickford 9.0 08-11-1950
Milwaukee Braves No-Hitters
Name IP Date
Jim Wilson 9.0 06-12-1954
Lew Burdette 9.0 08-18-1960
Warren Spahn 9.0 09-16-1960
Warren Spahn 9.0 04-28-1961
Atlanta Braves No-Hitters
Name IP Date
Phil Niekro 9.0 08-05-1973
Kent Mercker 6.0 09-11-1991
Mark Wohlers 2.0 ""
Alejandro Pena 1.0 ""
Kent Mercker 9.0 04-08-1994
Bold = Perfect Game
Boston Beaneaters Cycle Hitters
Name Inn Date
Herman Long 9.0 05-09-1896
Duff Cooley 9.0 06-20-1904
Boston Doves Cycle Hitters
Name Inn Date
Johnny Bates 9.0 04-26-1907
Bill Collins 9.0 10-06-1910
Atlanta Braves Cycle Hitters
Name Inn Date
Albert Hall 9.0 09-23-1987
Mark Kotsay 9.0 08-14-2008
Freddie Freeman 13.0 06-15-2016
Bold = Natural Cycle
Milwaukee Braves Cy Young Winners
Year Name Position
1957 Warren Spahn LHP
Atlanta Braves Cy Young Winners
Year Name Position
1991 Tom Glavine LHP
1993 Greg Maddux RHP
1994 Greg Maddux RHP
1995 Greg Maddux RHP
1996 John Smoltz RHP
1998 Tom Glavine LHP
Boston Braves MVP Winners
Year Name Position
1947 Bob Elliott 3B
Milwaukee Braves MVP Winners
Year Name Position
1957 Hank Aaron OF
Atlanta Braves MVP Winners
Year Name Position
1982 Dale Murphy OF
1983 Dale Murphy OF
1991 Terry Pendleton 3B
1999 Chipper Jones 3B
Braves Franchise Retired Numbers
# Name Position
3 Dale Murphy OF
6 Bobby Cox M
10 Chipper Jones 3B
21 Warren Spahn P
29 John Smoltz P
31 Greg Maddux P
35 Phil Niekro P
41 Eddie Mathews 3B
42 Jackie Robinson 2B
44 Hank Aaron OF
47 Tom Glavine P
Boston Red Caps Batting Champions
Year Name #
1877 Deacon White .387
Boston Beaneaters Batting Champions
Year Name #
1889 Dan Brouthers .373
1893 Hugh Duffy .363
1894 Hugh Duffy .440
Boston Braves Batting Champions
Year Name #
1928 Rogers Hornsby .387
1942 Ernie Lombardi .330
Milwaukee Braves Batting Champions
Year Name #
1956 Hank Aaron .328
1959 Hank Aaron .355
Atlanta Braves Batting Champions
Year Name #
1970 Rico Carty .366
1974 Ralph Garr .353
1991 Terry Pendleton .319
2008 Chipper Jones .364
Boston Bees ERA Champions
Year Name #
1937 Jim Turner 2.38
Boston Braves ERA Champions
Year Name #
1947 Warren Spahn 2.33
1951 Chet Nichols 2.88
Milwaukee Braves ERA Champions
Year Name #
1953 Warren Spahn 2.10
1956 Lew Burdette 2.70
1961 Warren Spahn 3.02
Atlanta Braves ERA Champions
Year Name #
1967 Phil Niekro 1.87
1974 Buzz Capra 2.29
1993 Greg Maddux 2.36
1994 Greg Maddux 1.56
1995 Greg Maddux 1.63
1997 Greg Maddux 2.22
Boston Red Caps Home Run Champions
Year Name #
1879 Charley Jones 9
1880 John O'Rourke 6
Boston Beaneaters Home Run Champions
Year Name #
1891 Harry Stovey 16
1894 Hugh Duffy 18
1897 Hugh Duffy 11
1898 Jimmy Collins 15
1900 Herman Long 12
Boston Doves Home Run Champions
Year Name #
1907 Dave Brain 10
1910 Fred Beck 10
Boston Braves HomeRunChampions
Year Name #
1935 Wally Berger 34
1945 Tommy Holmes 28
Milwaukee Braves Home Run Champions
Year Name #
1953 Eddie Mathews 47
1957 Hank Aaron 44
1959 Eddie Mathews 46
1963 Hank Aaron 44
Atlanta Braves Home Run Champions
Year Name #
1966 Hank Aaron 44
1967 Hank Aaron 39
1984 Dale Murphy 36
1985 Dale Murphy 37
2005 Andruw Jones 51
Boston Red Caps Strikeout Champions
Year Name #
1877 Tommy Bond 170
1878 Tommy Bond 182
Boston Beaneaters Strikeout Champions
Year Name #
1883 Jim Whitney 345
1889 John Clarkson 284
1902 Vic Willis 225
Boston Braves Strikeout Champions
Year Name #
1949 Warren Spahn 151
1950 Warren Spahn 191
1951 Warren Spahn 164
1952 Warren Spahn 183
Atlanta Braves Strikeout Champions
Year Name #
1977 Phil Niekro 262
1992 John Smoltz 215
1996 John Smoltz 276
Atlanta Braves Wild Cards
Year Record Manager
2010 91-71 Bobby Cox
Atlanta Braves West Division Titles
Year Record Manager
1969 93-69 Lum Harris
1982 89-73 Joe Torre
1991 94-68 Bobby Cox
1992 98-64 Bobby Cox
1993 104-58 Bobby Cox
Atlanta Braves East Division Titles
Year Record Manager
1995 90-54 Bobby Cox
1996 96-66 Bobby Cox
1997 101-61 Bobby Cox
1998 106-56 Bobby Cox
1999 103-59 Bobby Cox
2000 95-67 Bobby Cox
2001 88-74 Bobby Cox
2002 101-59 Bobby Cox
2003 101-61 Bobby Cox
2004 96-66 Bobby Cox
2005 90-72 Bobby Cox
2013 96-66 Fredi Gonzalez
2018 90-72 Brian Snitker
2019 97-65 Brian Snitker
Boston Red Caps N.L. Pennants
Year Record Manager
1877 39-31 Harry Wright
1878 41-19 Harry Wright
Boston Beaneaters N.L. Pennants
Year Record Manager
1883 63-35 John Morrill
Jack Burdock
1891 87-51 Frank Selee
1892 102-48 Frank Selee
1893 86-43 Frank Selee
1897 93-39 Frank Selee
1898 102-47 Frank Selee
Boston Brave N.L. Pennants
Year Record Manager
1914 94-59 George Stallings
1948 91-62 Billy Southworth
Milwaukee Braves N.L. Pennants
Year Record Manager
1957 95-59 Fred Haney
1958 92-62 Fred Haney
Atlanta Braves N.L. Pennants
Year Record Manager
1991 94-68 Bobby Cox
1992 98-64 Bobby Cox
1995 90-54 Bobby Cox
1996 96-66 Bobby Cox
1999 103-59 Bobby Cox
Boston BeaneatersWorldChampionships
Year Opponent M.V.P.
1892 Cleveland n/a
BostonBraves World Championships
Year Opponent M.V.P.
1914 Philadelphia n/a
MilwaukeeBravesWorld Championships
Year Opponent M.V.P.
1957 New York Lew Burdette
Atlanta Braves World Championships
Year Opponent M.V.P.
1995 Cleveland Tom Glavine
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In 1976 , the following poem was sent to season ticket holders: " Rose is a Red , Morgan's one too. They finished first, like we wanted to do. But last year's behind us, we're happy to say. Now we're tied for first, Happy Valentine's Day."

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Atlanta Braves Valentine's Day Poem | The Hartford Courant | February 11, 1976

In 1982 , the Braves won the Western Division on the last day of the season. The media asked team owner Ted Turner what made this club different from the losing teams of the seventies and he replied, "We have no crazies, flakes, or drug addicts.

Did you know that the Braves organization is the only three-city franchise from either league to play in the Fall Classic while representing three different cities?

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