Atlanta Braves

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The history of the Atlanta Braves

Information about the MLB team Atlanta Braves.


The Atlanta Braves, a pro baseball squad with headquarters in Atlanta, are also known as "the Team of the 90s" and the "Bravos." They are under the Major League Baseball's (MLB) National League - Eastern Division. Since 1997 up to the present, the team has been playing in the Turner Field.

History of the Atlanta Braves: an overview

The team name "Braves" was first used in 1912 and came from a term referring to a Native American fighter. Since 1991 up to 2005, the team has been one of the most victorious franchises in baseball, getting the division title for a jaw-dropping fourteen consecutive occasions. They advanced to the World Series five times during the 90s, getting the much-coveted title in 1995, and that is not the end of it. Braves clinched 16 divisionals, nine NL pennants, and three World Series championship titles. This team is the only franchise under MLB to clinch the Series in different home venues.

The team relocated to Milwaukee in 1953, turning into the Milwaukee Braves. In 1966, they again moved, this time to Atlanta territory. The squad's stay in Atlanta is well-known for the career home record of Hank Aaron; his continued to hold the record remained until the 2007 season.

History of the Atlanta Braves: 1914

The Braves had a memorable year during the 1914 season. They started with a 4 to 18 score, and they were seen as the inevitable last placer. In July of the same season, they dropped two games to the Dodgers, and they were suddenly in the worst place possible -- the last spot. The team had a day-off and when they returned to action, they came back with much enthusiasm  that was appreciated by the fans. They put out a sizzling winning run from July 6 up to the firt week of September. They went 41 to 12, to the amazement of experts of the sport. In September 7 and 8, they got two of three from the Giants, moving to the first spot. Up to October, they finished with 25 victories against just six losses, whereas the Giants went 16 to 16. They moved to 4th place on July 21 and in the silver position in August. Notwithstanding this jaw-dropping rally, the Braves came to the Series as the underdogs to the Philadelphia A's. They swept the games to clinch the World Championship title. Plus, Johnny Evers claimed the Chalmers Award.

History of the Atlanta Braves: 1915 to 1953

The Braves posted victorious records just twice during this period. The highlight during this season happened when Emil Fuchs purchased the squad in 1923 to allow his friend (Mathewson) to return to the games. But when Mathewson died in 1925, Fuchs was left in control of the Braves.

Indeed, Fuchs wanted a winner, but the ruin from previous years took a lot of time to "cure." They competed in 1933 and 1934, but the revenues were very poor due to the Great Depression at that time.

Praying for more cash and supporters, Fuchs talked it out with the Yankees to get the legendary Babe Ruth. The latter was made VP, and promised a cut from the revenues. In the beginning, it seemed as if Ruth was the last piece to resuscitate the team in 1935, and on the first day of action, he contributed to all of the runs against the Giants team.

It turned out to be an isolated case as events turned sour from there on. Yes, Ruth still hit, but his was a single-faceted performance. Ruth could not run, and the fielding was really bad. It came to the point wherein some of the pitchers vowed to go on strike if Babe Ruth was in the lineup. Worse, the promise of Fuch to Ruth regarding team revenues did not materialize.

Finally giving up, Ruth retired on June 1, 1935 but not before doing his last three home runs. Fuchs relinquished control of the team in 1935, and the new management attempted to change the image of the team by changing the name into Boston Bees. It did little miracles, if any. At the end of five years, Lou Perini (a magnate in the construction business) restored the team name into "Braves." In 1946 and 1947, the team experienced laudable seasons.

History of the Atlanta Braves: 1953 to 1965

During the 1950s, the resuscitated Braves became stronger. Hank Aaron and Eddie Matthews spearheaded the offense, while Bob Buhl, Lew Burdette, and Spahn took charge of rotation matters. It was in 1957 that they had their first pennant, and this was also Aaron's MVP year. When 1958 arrived, they won the NL pennant, and led 3 to 1 in the Series against the New York squad. However, the Yankees rallied to get the last three games, many thanks to the pitching of Bob Turley. IN the 1959 season, the Braves concluded the season with a tie with the Dodgers.

The following years were a rollercoaster for the team. The 60s season showed two no-hitters by Spahn and Burdette. Milwaukee concluded seven games behind the Pirates, who went on to win the Series for that particular year. In the 1961 season, the drop came to the Braves, as they went to 4th place, notwithstanding Spahn getting the momentous 300th win.

In 1962, Aaron made 45 home runs. This, however, did not make wins for the team, as the Atlanta Braves just ended up at the 5th spot. The following year, Aaron again hit 44 runs.  But because no other teammate gave strong showings, the squad ended up at the lower half.
In the 60s, the Braved dished out mediocre records, but improved on the expansion NY Mets and the Houston Colt .45s.

History of the Atlanta Braves: 1966 to 1974

They were a .5 team in the initial years of Atlanta, going 85-77 in '66, 77 to 85 in '67 and in '68, 81 to 81. In 1969, the Braves got the first NL West Division title, before being torn apart by the Mets in the Championship Series of the National League.

The fans took solace on the performances of Hank Aaron. Another development was that three Atlanta sluggers made 40 or more home runs for the 1973 season -- Aaron, Johnson, and Evans. At the end of the 1973 season, Aaron hit more than 700 runs, just a run short of the recrd of Babe Ruth. Then on April 8, he finally defeated Ruth's record.

History of the Atlanta Braves: the team during the 80s and 90s

At the wake of three straight losing years, Bobby Cox got hired as manager for the 1978 action. He got fired afer the 1981 season, and Joe Torre took over. In the 80s, slugger Dale Murphy was moved into center field, giving him a chance to show off his throwing ability. Along with this, the team entered its first-ever winning season since the early 70s. Powerful performances by Gene Garber, Phil Niekro, Chris Chambliss, and Bob Horner aided the team, but it was Murphy who took the cake. He got his MVP award and Gold Glove. This ball warrior excelled in running, hitting and defense, and was acclaimed as one of the strongest players. The worst point arrived in 1988, when the team lost a jaw-dropping 106 games. In 1986, Bobby Cox returned to the company as the genral manager, and this was also the year when the team terminated their Chief Noc A Homa mascot.