Atlanta Braves Information
The Braves is a baseball franchise based in Atlanta, Georgia, that participates in the Major League, under the East Division of the National League. The Braves is the oldest sports franchise in North America that still continues its operation. The Braves are also one of the two remaining charter franchises of the National League, together with the Chicago Cubs.
The Braves franchise can trace its roots to as early as 1871 in Boston, where they were known as the Boston Red Stockings. The team was managed by player-manager Harry Wright, who moved the Cincinnati Red Stockings to Boston, Massachusetts. The core of the team was composed of Harry and George Wright, pitcher Al Spalding, and second baseman Ross Barnes. The Red Stockings joined the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players as one of its charter teams. The Red Stockings dominated the National Association in its five years of existence, winning the league championships from 1872 to 1875. When the National Association dissolved, some of its core teams formed what is now known today as the National League, which formed on the 2nd of February, 1876. During these times the club was also known as the “Red Caps” and was known as the Beaneaters in 1883. The Braves proved to be a successful team in the early years of the National League during the 19th century, winning 8 pennants along the way.
The first decade of the 20th century proved to be a challenging one for the Braves. A factor on the franchise’s struggle is the introduction of Boston’s American League entry, which attracted Beaneaters’ players to jump ship. The American League counterpart of the Beaneaters came to be known as the Red Sox, while the Beaneaters had several name changes as well including to the Boston Doves in 1907 after the Dovey Family who owned the franchise from 1907 to 1910, and to the Boston Rustlers, after William Russell bought the franchise in 1911. The team acquired the name Braves in 1912 when it was bought by James Gaffney, who was nicknamed as “the Brave of Tammany Hall.”
In 1914, Braves fans had little hope for success, with the team starting the season with a disappointing 4-18 start. The team continued to struggle, posting a record of 26-40 after losing their doubleheader against the Brooklyn Dodgers on the 4th of July, effectively putting them in last place. After that, the Braves started to pick–up their pace. Headed by players such as Rabbit Maranville, Johnny Evers, Lefty Tyler, Dick Rudolph, and Bill James, the Braves went on a surprising streak of success, winning the National League pennant along the way, and eventually facing the heavily favored Philadelphia A’s in the World Series. Despite being the underdog, the Braves surprised the opposing team and delighted fans with Braves tickets by sweeping the A’s 3-0 to win the 1914 World Series.
Ownership of the Braves changed hands in 1923, when Emil Fuchs acquired ownership of the franchise from Gaffney. Fuchs was focused to bring back the glory days for the Braves, but was beset with financial difficulties. Fuchs eventually lost control of the franchise in 1935, and its new owners renamed the club as the Boston Bees. The franchise new owner, Lou Perini, changed the team’s name back to the Braves after 5 unsuccessful seasons. The Braves would eventually move to Milwaukee in 1953.
The move proved to be a very fruitful one, as the Braves started to become competitive again. In 1957, much to the delight of fans with Braves tickets , the team bagged the National League pennant. Their success continued to ride their momentum and went on to win the World Series against the New York Yankees in a 4-3 series. In 1958, the Braves again took the National League pennant and went on to advance to the World Series, but were paid back by the Yankees, winning the series 4-3.
Perini eventually sold the Braves to William Bartholomay in 1962. Bartholomay moved the Braves to Atlanta in 1965, largely because of the new 52,000-seat Atlanta Stadium. The Braves began playing in Atlanta in the 1966 season. The Braves were eventually bought by media magnate Ted Turner in 1976. Turner hired the Braves manager, Bobby Cox. Cox was replaced by Joe Torre in 1981, who led the Braves to their first divisional title, which remained elusive to them since 1969. Cox returned to the Braves in 1986 as its general manager.
The 90’s proved to be a very successful decade. In the 90’s, the Braves took the West Division title from 1991 to 1993. The Braves then took the East Division title from 1995 on to the first half of the next decade. The Braves also took the National League pennants in 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, and 1999. The highlight of the Braves for the 90’s was when they faced the Cleveland Indians in the 1995 World Series, winning the championship in a 4-2 series.
The Atlanta Braves Current 40-man roster is composed of the following players:
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