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Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves
2024 Atlanta Braves season
Team logoCap insignia
Major league affiliations
Current uniform
Retired numbers
Colors
  • Navy blue, scarlet red, gold, white[a][2]
           
Name
Other nicknames
  • The Bravos
  • The Team of the 90s
  • America's Team
Ballpark
Major league titles
World Series titles (4)
NL Pennants (18)
NA Pennants (4)
NL East Division titles (18)
NL West Division titles (5)
Pre-modern World Series (1)
Wild card berths (2)
Front office
Principal owner(s)Atlanta Braves Holdings, Inc.
Traded as:
NasdaqBATRA (Series A)
OTCQBBATRB (Series B)
NasdaqBATRK (Series C)
Russell 2000 components (BATRA, BATRK)[3]
PresidentDerek Schiller
President of baseball operationsAlex Anthopoulos[5]
General managerAlex Anthopoulos[4]
ManagerBrian Snitker
Mascot(s)Blooper[1]
Websitemlb.com/braves

The Atlanta Braves are an American professional baseball team based in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The Braves compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East Division. The Braves were founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1871, as the Boston Red Stockings. The club was known by various names until the franchise settled on the Boston Braves in 1912. The Braves are the oldest continuously operating professional sports franchise in North America.[6][b]

After 81 seasons and one World Series title in Boston, the club moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1953. With a roster of star players such as Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, and Warren Spahn, the Milwaukee Braves won the World Series in 1957. Despite the team's success, fan attendance declined. The club's owners moved the team to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1966.

The Braves did not find much success in Atlanta until 1991. From 1991 to 2005, the Braves were one of the most successful teams in baseball, winning an unprecedented 14 consecutive division titles,[7][8][9] making an MLB record eight consecutive National League Championship Series appearances, and producing one of the greatest pitching rotations in the history of baseball including Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Tom Glavine.[10]

The Braves are one of the two remaining National League charter franchises that debuted in 1876.[11] The club has won an MLB record 23 divisional titles, 18 National League pennants, and four World Series championships. The Braves are the only Major League Baseball franchise to have won the World Series in three different home cities.[12] At the end of the 2023 season, the Braves' overall win–loss record is 11,025–10,876–154 (.503). Since moving to Atlanta in 1966, the Braves have an overall win–loss record of 4,761–4,388–8 (.520) through the end of 2023.[13]

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History

Boston (1871–1952)

1871–1913

Boston Beaneaters team photo, 1890

The Cincinnati Red Stockings, formed in 1869, were the first openly all-professional baseball team but disbanded after the 1870 season.[14] Manager Harry Wright and players moved to Boston, forming the Boston Red Stockings, a charter team in the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (NAPBBP).[15] Led by the Wright brothers, Ross Barnes, and Al Spalding, they dominated the National Association, winning four of five championships.[11] The original Boston Red Stockings team and its successors can lay claim to being the oldest continuously playing franchise in American professional sports.[6][14]

The club was known as the Boston Red Caps when they played the first National League game in 1876, winning against the Philadelphia Athletics.[16][17][18] Despite a weaker roster in the league's first year, they rebounded to secure the 1877 and 1878 pennants.[19] Managed by Frank Selee, they were a dominant force in the 19th century, winning eight pennants.[15] By 1898 the team was known as the Beaneaters and they won 102 games, with stars like Hugh Duffy, Tommy McCarthy, and "Slidin'" Billy Hamilton.[20][15]

In 1901, the American League was introduced, causing many of Beaneaters players including stars Duffy and Jimmy Collins to leave for clubs of the rival league.[21] The team struggled, having only one winning season from 1900 to 1913 and losing 100 games five times. In 1907, they temporarily dropped the red color from their stockings due to infection concerns.[22] The club underwent various nickname changes until becoming the Braves before the 1912 season.[22] The president of the club, John M. Ward named the club after the owner, James Gaffney.[22] Gaffney was called one of the "braves" of New York City's political machine, Tammany Hall, which used a Native American chief as their symbol.[22][23]

1914: Miracle

A program from the 1914 World Series, featuring Braves manager George Stallings (left). Baseball Magazine cover, 1914 (right).

In 1914, the Boston Braves experienced a remarkable turnaround in what would become one of the most memorable seasons in baseball history.[24][25] Starting with a dismal 4–18 record, the Braves found themselves in last place, trailing the league-leading New York Giants by 15 games after losing a doubleheader to the Brooklyn Robins on July 4.[26] However, the team rebounded with an incredible hot streak, going 41–12 from July 6 to September 5.[27] On August 3, Joseph Lannin the president of the Red Sox, offered Fenway Park to the Braves free of charge for the remainder of the season since their usual home, the South End Grounds, was too small.[28] On September 7 and 8, they defeated the Giants in two out of three games, propelling them into first place.[29] Despite being in last place as late as July 18, the Braves secured the pennant, becoming the only team under the old eight-team league format to achieve this after being in last place on the Fourth of July.[30][31] They were in last place as late as July 18, but were close to the pack, moving into fourth on July 21 and second place on August 12.[32]

The Braves entered the 1914 World Series led by captain and National League Most Valuable Player, Johnny Evers.[33] The Boston club were slight underdogs against Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's.[34] However, they swept the Athletics and won the world championship.[35] Inspired by their success, owner Gaffney constructed a modern park, Braves Field, which opened in August 1915 and was the largest park in the majors at the time, boasting 40,000 seats and convenient public transportation access.[36][37]

1915–1953

The Boston Braves cap logo, 1946 to 1952

From 1917 to 1933, the Boston Braves struggled. After a series of different owners, Emil Fuchs bought the team in 1923.[38] Fuchs brought his longtime friend, pitching great Christy Mathewson, as part of the syndicate that bought the club.[39] However, the death of pitching legend in 1925 left Fuchs in control.[40] Despite Fuchs' commitment to success, the team faced challenges overcoming the damage from previous years. It wasn't until 1933 and 1934, under manager Bill McKechnie, that the Braves became competitive, but it did little to help the club's finances.[41]

In an effort to boost fan attendance and finances, Fuchs orchestrated a deal with the New York Yankees to acquire Babe Ruth in 1935.[42][43] Ruth was appointed team vice president with promises of profit shares and managerial prospects.[44] Initially, Ruth seemed to provide a spark on opening day, but his declining skills became evident.[45] Ruth's inability to run and poor fielding led to internal strife, and it became clear that his titles were symbolic.[45] Ruth retired on June 1, 1935, shortly after hitting his last three home runs.[45] The Braves finished the season with a dismal 38–115 record, marking the franchise's worst season.[44]

Fuchs lost control of the team in August 1935,[44] leading to a rebranding attempt as the Boston Bees, but it did little to alter the team's fortune. Construction magnate Lou Perini took over, eventually restoring the Braves' name.[46] Despite World War II causing a brief setback, the team, led by pitcher Warren Spahn, enjoyed impressive seasons in 1946 and 1947 under Perini's ownership.[44]

Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn

In 1948, the team won the pennant, behind the pitching of Spahn and Johnny Sain.[47] The remainder of the rotation was so thin that in September, Boston Post writer Gerald Hern wrote this poem about the pair:[48]

First we'll use Spahn
then we'll use Sain
Then an off day
followed by rain
Back will come Spahn
followed by Sain
And followed
we hope
by two days of rain.

The poem received such a wide audience that the sentiment, usually now paraphrased as "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain", entered the baseball vocabulary.[49]

The 1948 World Series, which the Braves lost in six games to the Indians, turned out to be the Braves' last hurrah in Boston.[50] On March 13, 1953, Perini announced he was moving the club to Milwaukee.[51] Perini cited advent of television and the lack of enthusiasm for the Braves in Boston as the key factors in deciding to move the franchise.[51]

Milwaukee (1953–1965)

The Milwaukee Braves cap logo

The Milwaukee Braves' relocation to Wisconsin in 1953 was initially a triumphant success, as they drew a then-National League record of 1.8 million fans and finished their inaugural season second in the National League.[52] Manager Charlie Grimm was named NL Manager of the Year following the Braves improvement.[53]

Throughout the 1950s, the Braves were a National League power; driven by sluggers Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron, the team won two pennants and finished second twice between 1956 and 1959.[54] In 1957, Aaron's MVP season led the Braves to their first pennant in nine years, securing a World Series victory against the formidable New York Yankees.[55] Despite a strong start in the World Series rematch the following season, the Braves ultimately lost the last three games and the World Series.[55] The 1959 season ended in a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers, leading to a playoff loss for the Braves. The ensuing years saw fluctuating success, including the Braves finishing fifth in 1963, their first time in the "second division."[54] The team's owner, Louis Perini, sold the Braves to a Chicago-based group led by William Bartholomay in 1962.[54] Despite plans to move to Atlanta in 1965, legal hurdles kept the Braves in Milwaukee for one more season before they completed the relocation in 1966.[54]

Atlanta (1966–present)

1966–1974

Hall of Fame right fielder and designated hitter Hank Aaron

After arriving in Atlanta in 1966, the Braves found success in 1969, with the onset of divisional play by winning the first-ever National League West Division title.[56] In the National League Championship Series the Braves were swept by the "Miracle Mets."[57] They would not be a factor during the next decade, posting only two winning seasons between 1970 and 1981.[58] Fans in Atlanta had to be satisfied with the achievements of Hank Aaron, who by the end of the 1973 season, had hit 713 home runs, one short of Ruth's record.[59] On April 4, opening day of the next season, he hit No. 714 in Cincinnati, and on April 8, in front of his home fans and a national television audience, he finally beat Ruth's mark with a home run to left-center field off left-hander Al Downing of the Los Angeles Dodgers.[60][61] Aaron spent most of his career as a Milwaukee and Atlanta Brave before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on November 2, 1974.[62]

Ted Turner era

1976–1977: Ted Turner buys the team
Media magnate Ted Turner purchased the team in 1976, and played a large role in the team's operation.

In 1976, the team was purchased by media magnate Ted Turner, owner of superstation WTBS, as a means to keep the team (and one of his main programming staples) in Atlanta.[58] Turner used the Braves as a major programming draw for his fledgling cable network, making the Braves the first franchise to have a nationwide audience and fan base.[58] WTBS marketed the team as "The Atlanta Braves: America's Team", a nickname that still sticks in some areas of the country, especially the South.[58] The financially strapped Turner used money already paid to the team for their broadcast rights as a down-payment. Turner quickly gained a reputation as a quirky, hands-on baseball owner. On May 11, 1977, Turner appointed himself manager, but because MLB passed a rule in the 1950s barring managers from holding a financial stake in their teams, Turner was ordered to relinquish that position after one game (the Braves lost 2–1 to the Pittsburgh Pirates to bring their losing streak to 17 games).[63][64]

1978–1990
Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz combined for six Cy Young Awards during their time in the Braves pitching rotation

The Braves didn't enjoy much success between 1978 and 1990, however, in the 1982 season, led by manager Joe Torre, the Braves secured their first divisional title since 1969.[65] The team was led by standout performances from key players like Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, Chris Chambliss, Phil Niekro, and Gene Garber.[66] The Braves were swept in the NLCS in three games by the Cardinals.[67] Murphy won the Most Valuable Player award for the National League in 1982 and 1983.[68]

1991–2005: 14 consecutive division titles

From 1991 to 2005, the Atlanta Braves enjoyed a remarkable era of success in baseball, marked by a record-setting 14 consecutive division titles, five National League pennants, and a World Series championship in 1995.[69] Bobby Cox returned as manager in 1990, leading the team's turnaround after finishing the previous season with the worst record in baseball. Notable developments included the drafting of Chipper Jones in 1990 and the hiring of general manager John Schuerholz from the Kansas City Royals.[70][71]

The Braves' remarkable journey began in 1991, known as the "Worst to First" season.[72] Overcoming a shaky start, the Braves bounced back led by young pitchers Tom Glavine and John Smoltz.[73] The team secured the NL pennant in a memorable playoff race, ultimately losing a closely contested World Series to the Minnesota Twins. The following year, the Braves won the NLCS in dramatic fashion against the Pirates but fell short in the World Series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

In 1993, the Braves strengthened their pitching staff with the addition of Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux in free agency.[74] Despite posting a franchise-best 104 wins, they lost in the NLCS to the Philadelphia Phillies. The team moved to the Eastern Division in 1994, sparking a heated rivalry with the New York Mets.[75][76][77][78]

The player's strike cut short the 1994 season just before the division championships, but the Braves rebounded in 1995, defeating the Cleveland Indians to win the World Series.[79] With this World Series victory, the Braves became the first team in Major League Baseball to win world championships in three different cities.[80] The Braves reached the World Series in 1996 and 1999 but were defeated both times by the New York Yankees.[81][82]

In 1996, Time Warner acquired Ted Turner's Turner Broadcasting System, including the Braves.[83] Despite their continued success with a ninth consecutive division title in 2000, the Braves faced postseason disappointment with a sweep by the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS.[84] The team won division titles from 2002 to 2004 but experienced early exits in the NLDS each year.[85]

Liberty Media era

Liberty Media buys the team
Chipper Jones salutes the crowd at Turner Field prior to his final regular-season game on September 30, 2012. Jones announced he would retire after 19 seasons with the Braves

In December 2005, Time Warner, put the club up for sale, leading to negotiations with Liberty Media.[86][87] After over a year of talks, a deal was reached in February 2007 for Liberty Media to acquire the Braves for $450 million, a magazine publishing company, and $980 million in cash. The sale, valued at approximately $1.48 billion, was contingent on approval from 75 percent of MLB owners and Commissioner Bud Selig.[88]

Bobby Cox and Chipper Jones retire

Bobby Cox's final year as manager in 2010 saw the Braves return to the postseason for the first time since 2005.[89] The team secured the NL Wild Card but fell to the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series in four closely contested games, marking the conclusion of Bobby Cox's managerial career.[90] The following season the Braves suffered a historic September collapse to miss the postseason.[91] The club bounced back in 2012 and returned to the postseason in Chipper Jones' final season.[92] The Braves won 94 games in 2012, but that wasn't enough to win the NL East, so they faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the inaugural Wild Card Game.[93] Chipper Jones last game was a memorable one: the Braves lost the one game playoff 6–3, but the game would be remembered for a controversial infield fly call that helped end a Braves rally in the 8th inning.[93]

Truist park and return to the World Series
Truist Park prior to its first regular-season game

In 2017, the Atlanta Braves began playing at Truist Park, replacing Turner Field as their home stadium.[94] Following an MLB investigation into international signing rule violations, general manager John Coppolella resigned and faced a baseball ban.[95] Alex Anthopoulos took over as the new general manager.[96] The team's chairman, Terry McGuirk, apologized for the scandal and expressed confidence in Anthopoulos' integrity.[96] A new on field mascot named Blooper was introduced at a fan event before the 2017 season.[97] Under Anthopoulos, the Braves made the playoffs in six of his first seven seasons.[98] In 2020 the Braves reach the National League Championship Series, but ultimately lost to the Dodgers after leading 3–1.[99]

President Joe Biden hosts the 2021 World Series Champion Atlanta Braves, Monday, September 26, 2022, in the East Room of the White House.

The following season the Braves got revenge against the Dodgers in the 2021 NLCS to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1999, thereby securing their first pennant in 22 years.[100] They defeated the Houston Astros in six games to win their fourth World Series title.[101]

Logos and uniforms

The Braves logos have evolved over the years, featuring a Native American warrior from 1945 to 1955, followed by a laughing Native American with a mohawk and a feather from 1956 to 1965.[102][103] The modern logo, introduced in 1987, includes the cursive word "Braves" with a tomahawk below it.[104] Uniform changes occurred in 1987, with the team adopting uniforms reminiscent of their 1950s classic look.[105] For the 2023 season, the Braves had four uniform combinations, including the classic white home and gray road uniforms, a navy blue road jersey for alternate games, and two alternate uniforms for home games - a Friday night red uniform and a City Connect uniform worn on Saturdays, paying tribute to Hank Aaron.[106] The City Connect uniform features "The A" across the chest, accompanied by a cap with the "A" logo and 1974 uniform colors.[107]

World Series championships

Over the 120 years since the inception of the World Series (119 total World Series played), the Braves franchise has won a total of four World Series Championships, with at least one in each of the three cities they have played in.

Season Manager Opponent Series Score Record
1914 (Boston) George Stallings Philadelphia Athletics 4–0 94–59
1957 (Milwaukee) Fred Haney New York Yankees 4–3 95–59
1995 (Atlanta) Bobby Cox Cleveland Indians 4–2 90–54
2021 (Atlanta) Brian Snitker Houston Astros 4–2 88–73
Total World Series championships: 4

Ballparks

Truist Park

The Atlanta Braves home ballpark has been Truist Park since 2017. Truist Park is located approximately 10 miles (16 km) northwest of downtown Atlanta in the unincorporated community of Cumberland, in Cobb County, Georgia.[108] The team played its home games at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium from 1966 to 1996, and at Turner Field from 1997 to 2016. The Braves opened Truist Park on April 14, 2017, with a four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres.[109] The park received positive reviews. Woody Studenmund of the Hardball Times called the park a "gem" saying that he was impressed with "the compact beauty of the stadium and its exciting approach to combining baseball, business and social activities."[110] J.J. Cooper of Baseball America praised the "excellent sight lines for pretty much every seat."[111]

CoolToday Park

Since 2019, the Braves have played spring training games at CoolToday Park in North Port, Florida.[112][113] The ballpark opened on March 24, 2019, with the Braves' 4–2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.[114][115] The Braves left Champion Stadium, their previous Spring Training home near Orlando to reduce travel times and to get closer to other teams' facilities.[116] CoolToday Park also serves as the Braves' year round rehabilitation facility.[117]

Attendance

Home Attendance at Truist Park[118]
Year Total Attendance Game Average Stadium Capacity by % Major League Rank by #
2017 2,505,252 30,929 75.3% 13th
2018 2,555,781 31,552 76.8% 12th
2019 2,654,920 32,776 79.8% 12th
2020 0* 0* NA NA
2021 2,300,247 29,490 71.8% 2nd
2022 3,129,931 38,641 94.0% 4th
2023 3,191,505 39,401 95.9% 5th

(*) – There were no fans allowed in any MLB stadium in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Major rivalries

New York Mets

Although their first major confrontation occurred when the Mets swept the Braves in the 1969 NLCS, the rivalry did not become especially heated until the 1994 season when division realignment put both the Mets and the Braves in the National League East division.[76][75][119]

The Braves faced the Mets in the 1999 National League Championship Series.[120] The Braves initially took a 3–0 series lead, seemingly on the verge of a sweep, but the Mets rallied in Game 4 and Game 5.[120] Despite the Mets' resilience, the Braves eventually won the series in Game 6 with Andruw Jones securing a dramatic walk-off walk, earning their 5th National League pennant of the decade.[120] In 2022, the Braves and Mets, both finished with 101 wins.[121] The National League East title and a first-round bye came down to a crucial three-game series at Truist Park from September 30 to October 2.[122] The Mets entered with a slight lead but faltered as the Braves swept the series.[122] Atlanta claimed the NL East division title and first-round bye, by winning the season series against the Mets.[122]

Nationwide fanbase

In addition to having strong fan support in the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, the Braves are often referred to as "America's Team" in reference to the team's games being broadcast nationally on TBS from the 1970s until 2007, giving the team a nationwide fan base.[123]

The Braves boast heavy support within the Southeastern United States particularly in states such as Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida.[124][125]

Tomahawk chop

The Atlanta Braves encouraged fans to gesture with the "Tomahawk Chop", distributing foam tomahawks at games and other events.

In 1991, fans of the Atlanta Braves popularized the "tomahawk chop" during games.[126] The use of foam tomahawks drew criticism from Native American groups, deeming it demeaning.[127] Despite protests, the Braves' public relations director defended it as a "proud expression of unification and family."[127] The controversy resurfaced in 2019 when Cherokee Nation member and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley found the chop insulting, prompting the Braves to modify their in-game experience.[128] During the off-season, discussions ensued with Native American representatives, and amid pressure in 2020 to change their name, the Braves announced ongoing talks about the chop but insisted the team name would remain unchanged.[129]

The debate over the tomahawk chop continued into 2021.[130] While some Native American leaders, like Richard Sneed, the Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, expressed personal indifference or tolerance, acknowledging it as an acknowledgment of Native American strength, others vehemently opposed it.[131][132] Sneed emphasized larger issues facing Native American communities and questioned the focus on the chop.[133] The Eastern Cherokee Band of Indians and the Braves initiated efforts to incorporate Cherokee language and culture into the team's activities, stadium, and merchandise, aiming for greater cultural sensitivity despite differing opinions within the Native American community.[134]

Achievements

Awards

Team records

Retired numbers

The Braves have retired eleven numbers in the history of the franchise, including most recently Andruw Jones' number 25 in 2023, 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. Additionally, Hank Aaron's 44, Dale Murphy's 3, Phil Niekro's 35, Eddie Mathews' 41, Warren Spahn's 21 and Jackie Robinson's 42, which is retired for all of baseball with the exception of Jackie Robinson Day, have also been retired.[135] Six of the eleven numbers (Cox, Jones, Jones, Smoltz, Maddux and Glavine) were on the Braves at the same time.[136] Of the eleven Braves whose numbers have been retired, all who are eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame have been elected with the exceptions of Dale Murphy and Andruw Jones.[137] The color and design of the retired numbers reflect the uniform design at the time the person was on the team, excluding Robinson.[138]

Dale 
Murphy

OF
Retired June 13, 1994
Bobby 
Cox

Mgr
Retired August 12, 2011
Chipper 
Jones

3B
Retired June 28, 2013
Warren 
Spahn

P
Retired December 11, 1965
Andruw 
Jones

OF
Retired September 9, 2023
John 
Smoltz

P
Retired June 8, 2012
Greg 
Maddux

P
Retired July 17, 2009
Phil 
Niekro

P
Retired August 6, 1984
Eddie 
Mathews

3B
Retired July 26, 1969
Hank 
Aaron

RF
Retired April 15, 1977
Tom 
Glavine

P
Retired August 6, 2010
Jackie 
Robinson

All MLB
Honored April 15, 1997

Baseball Hall of Famers

Bobby Cox
Chipper Jones
Phil Niekro
Atlanta Braves Hall of Famers
Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Boston Braves

Earl Averill
Dave Bancroft
Dan Brouthers
John Clarkson *
Jimmy Collins
Hugh Duffy *
Johnny Evers

Burleigh Grimes
Billy Hamilton
Billy Herman
Rogers Hornsby
Joe Kelley
King Kelly
Ernie Lombardi

Rabbit Maranville *
Rube Marquard
Tommy McCarthy *
Bill McKechnie
Joe Medwick
Kid Nichols *
Jim O'Rourke

Charley Radbourn
Babe Ruth
Frank Selee *
Al Simmons
George Sisler
Billy Southworth
Casey Stengel
Ed Walsh

Lloyd Waner
Paul Waner
Deacon White
Vic Willis *
George Wright *
Harry Wright
Cy Young

Milwaukee Braves

Eddie Mathews *[139]

Red Schoendienst
Enos Slaughter

Warren Spahn *

Hank Aaron *

Atlanta Braves

Hank Aaron[140]
Orlando Cepeda[141]
Bobby Cox *[142]

Tom Glavine *[143]
Chipper Jones *[144]
Greg Maddux *[145]

Fred McGriff *[146]
Phil Niekro *
Gaylord Perry[147]

John Schuerholz[148]
Ted Simmons[149]
John Smoltz *[150]

Bruce Sutter[151]
Joe Torre[152]
Hoyt Wilhelm

  • Players and managers listed in bold are depicted on their Hall of Fame plaques wearing a Braves cap insignia.
  • * Boston / Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves listed as primary team according to the Hall of Fame
  • † Hank Aaron chose to represent the Atlanta Braves on his HOF cap insignia, but the HOF lists the Milwaukee Braves as his primary team
P Greg Maddux, Hall of Famer

Braves Hall of Fame

2× MVP Dale Murphy, outfielder
3B Eddie Mathews, Hall of Famer
Braves Hall of Fame wall at Truist Park
Key
Year Year inducted
Bold Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame as a Brave
Bold Recipient of the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award
Braves Hall of Fame
Year No. Name Position(s) Tenure
1999 21 Warren Spahn P 1942, 1946–1964
35 Phil Niekro P 1964–1983, 1987
41 Eddie Mathews 3B
Manager
1952–1966
1972–1974
44 Hank Aaron RF 1954–1974
2000 Ted Turner Owner/President 1976–1996
3 Dale Murphy OF 1976–1990
2001 32 Ernie Johnson Sr. P
Broadcaster
1950, 1952–1958
1962–1999
2002 28, 33 Johnny Sain P
Coach
1942, 1946–1951
1977, 1985–1986
Bill Bartholomay Owner/President 1962–1976
2003 1, 23 Del Crandall C 1949–1963
2004 Pete Van Wieren Broadcaster 1976–2008
Kid Nichols P 1890–1901
1 Tommy Holmes OF
Manager
1942–1951
1951–1952
Skip Caray Broadcaster 1976–2008
2005 Paul Snyder Executive 1973–2007
Herman Long SS 1890–1902
2006 Bill Lucas GM 1976–1979
11, 48 Ralph Garr OF 1968–1975
2007 23 David Justice OF 1989–1996
2009 31 Greg Maddux[153] P 1993–2003
2010 47 Tom Glavine[154] P 1987–2002, 2008
2011 6 Bobby Cox[155][156][157] Manager 1978–1981, 1990–2010
2012 29 John Smoltz[158] P 1988–1999, 2001–2008
2013 10 Chipper Jones[159] 3B/LF 1993–2012
2014 8 Javy López C 1992–2003
1 Rabbit Maranville SS/2B 1912–1920
1929–1933, 1935
Dave Pursley Trainer 1961–2002
2015 Don Sutton Broadcaster 1989–2006, 2009–2020
2016 25 Andruw Jones CF 1996–2007
John Schuerholz Executive 1990–2016
2018 15 Tim Hudson P 2005–2013
Joe Simpson Broadcaster 1992–present
2019 Hugh Duffy OF 1892–1900
5, 9 Terry Pendleton 3B
Coach
1991–1994, 1996
2002–2017
2022[160] 9 Joe Adcock 1B/OF 1953–1962
54 Leo Mazzone Coach 1990–2005
9, 15 Joe Torre C/1B/3B
Manager
1960–1968
1982–1984
2023[161] 25, 43, 77 Rico Carty LF 1963–1972
Fred Tenney 1B 1894–1907, 1911

Roster

Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer(s)


Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated hitters

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches

60-day injured list


Minor league affiliates

The Atlanta Braves farm system consists of six minor league affiliates.[162]

Class Team League Location Ballpark Affiliated
Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers International League Lawrenceville, Georgia Coolray Field 2009
Double-A Mississippi Braves Southern League Pearl, Mississippi Trustmark Park 2005
High-A Rome Emperors South Atlantic League Rome, Georgia AdventHealth Stadium 2003
Single-A Augusta GreenJackets Carolina League North Augusta, South Carolina SRP Park 2021
Rookie FCL Braves Florida Complex League North Port, Florida CoolToday Park 1976
DSL Braves Dominican Summer League Boca Chica, Santo Domingo Atlanta Braves Complex 2022

Radio and television

The Braves regional games are exclusively broadcast on Bally Sports Southeast. Brandon Gaudin is the play-by-play announcer for Bally Sports Southeast.[163] Gaudin is joined in the booth by lead analyst C.J. Nitkowski.[164] Jeff Francoeur and Tom Glavine will also join the broadcast for a few games during the season.[165] Peter Moylan, Nick Green, and John Smoltz also appear in the booth for select games as in-game analysts.[166][167]

The radio broadcast team is led by the tandem of play-by-play announcer Ben Ingram and analyst Joe Simpson. Braves games are broadcast across Georgia and seven other states on at least 172 radio affiliates, including flagship station 680 The Fan in Atlanta and stations as far away as Richmond, Virginia; Louisville, Kentucky; and the US Virgin Islands. The games are carried on at least 82 radio stations in Georgia.[168]

References

Footnotes

  1. ^ The team's official colors are navy blue and scarlet red, according to the team's mascot (BLOOPER)'s official website.[1]
  2. ^ The Cubs are a full season older as they were originally founded as the Chicago White Stockings in 1870. The White Stockings did not field a team in 1871 or 1872, however, due to the Great Chicago Fire. The Braves, therefore, have played more consecutive seasons.

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