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April 4, 2017: The Braves played their first game in SunTrust Park in Cumberland, Georgia. They defeated the Padres, 5–2. Ender Inciarte recorded the first hit in the team’s new stadium.

November 1, 2016: After a poor first half, the Braves were tough to beat in the second half. Freddie Freeman had a great year and shortstop Dansby Swanson hit .300 in his rookie season. Young pitchers Mike Foltynewicz and Julio Teheran gave fans hope for an exciting 2017.

October 5, 2016: The Braves had a successful rebuilding year. They developed several young pitchers, including Matt Wisler and Mike Foltynewicz, and were tough to beat in September. Freddie Freeman had his best season, leading Atlanta with 34 homers, 91 RBIs, 102 runs, and a .302 average.

2016 Season Wrap-Up: The Braves had a successful rebuilding year. They developed several young pitchers, including Matt Wisler and Mike Foltynewicz, and were tough to beat in September. Freddie Freeman had his best season, leading Atlanta with 34 homers, 91 RBIs, 102 runs, and a .302 average.

2016 Season Preview: The Braves have tons of talent in the minors, but it may take a while before fans see that talent in Atlanta uniforms. In the meantime, there will be huge pressure on Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran to carry the club. The team could lose more than 100 games this year, but help is on the way!

October 14, 2015: The Braves set aside 2015 as a rebuilding year, and it showed in the end with a fourth-place finish. Their bright spots including solid seasons from pitchers Shelby Miller and Julio Teheran, and hitters Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons.

April 5, 2015: The Braves are putting a number of untested players on the field in 2015, but there is no lack of talent in Atlanta. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and first baseman Freddie Freeman are two of the top infielders in the NL, and newcomers Nick Markakis is a dangerous hitter. Atlanta’s pitching staff is led by Julio Teheran and Shelby Miller, who came in a winter trade for Jason Heyward.

November 1, 2014: The Braves finished under .500 for only the third time in 20 years. Their offense was not consistent, nor was their pitching. However, the future looks bright thanks to the up-and-coming who saw plenty of playing time in 2014, including Christian Bethancourt, Tommy La Stella, and Alex Wood.

September 28, 2014: Craig Kimbrel led the NL in saves with 47. He became the first pitcher to lead the league in saves four years in a row since Bruce Sutter in 1982.

April 8, 2014: The team wore throwback uniforms on this day to commemorate Henry Aaron's 715th home run 40 years earlier.

March 31, 2014: Pitching injuries have many Atlanta fans ready for a disappointing season, but they also know you can never count the Braves out—especially with Craig Kimbrel closing games out of the bullpen. Freddie Freeman is an elite hitter and Jason Heyward isn't far behind. If the Upton brothers and Dan Uggla turn in good years, the Braves could sneak into first place—or at least snag a Wild Card spot.

December 9, 2013: Former manager Bobby Cox was elected to the Hall of Fame. His record with Atlanta was 2,149–1,709. Cox won four pennants and one World Series as manager of the Braves. He manged the team twice, from 1978–1981 and again from 1990–2010.

October 1, 2013: The Braves entered 2013 with great uncertainty about their lineup. As the season wore on, it became clear that they had quality players in Chris Johnson, Evan Gattis, Julio Teheran, and Mike Minor. This quartet helped the Braves grab a hold of first place in April, and they never let go. Freddie Freeman was the team's star of star, proving that he was one of baseball's finest clutch hitters. Craig Kimbrel was money in the bank in the ninth inning for Atlanta, with 50 saves. Atlanta made it to the playoffs, but fell to the Dodgers in the first round.

August 21, 2013: Craig Kimbrel reached 40 saves for the third year in a row. He is the first player with 40 saves in each of his first three big-league seasons.

March 30, 2013: Baseball brothers B.J. and Justin Upton lead the Braves into battle in 2013—the first season since the mid-1990s that fans will not see Chipper Jones’s name written on the lineup card. Tim Hudson leads a quality pitching staff, and there is more help on the way in the minor leagues, where the Braves are loaded with pitching prospects.

October 6, 2012: The Braves got great pitching all year and finished with 94 victories. That earned the team a spot in the Wild Card game, but they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 6–3. All-time great Chipper Jones used the season to make a "farewell" tour and received loud ovations wherever he played. Jones retired as the only switch-hitter in history with 2,500 hits, 1,500 RBIs, 1,500 runs, and 1,500 walks. Jones and Hall of Famer Frankie Frisch are the only switch-hitters with a .300 average from both sides of the plate.

October 3, 2012: The Braves beat the New York Mets behind the pitching of Chris Medlen. It was the 23rd victory in a row for Atlanta in games started by Medlen. That broke the record of 22 games, shared by Hall of Famers Carl Hubbell and Whitey Ford. Medlen was the NL Pitcher of the Month for August and September.

April, 2012: The team's 2011 shortstop, Alex Gonzalez, signed a free agent contract with the Milwaukee Brewers over the winter. That means veteran Jack Wilson and rookie Tyler Pastornicky will probably compete for the 2012 job in Spring Training. Pastornicky was a .300 hitter in the minor leagues last summer.

     
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This 1932 card of Wally Berger came with caramel candy. (U.S. Caramel)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This card of Johnny Sain was made by Bowman a year after he pitched the Braves to the pennant.  (Bowman Gum Co.)

 

 

 

 

 

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Rico Carty signed this photo. I loved to watch him hit when I was a kid. (Author's Collection)

 

 

Vic Willis — Pitcher
Born: 4/12/1876
Died: 8/3/1947
Played for Team: 1898 to 1905
Vic Willis liked to finsh what he started. He still holds the modern record for complete games, with 45 in 1902. Willis had one of the game's finest curveballs.


Rabbit Maranville — Shortstop
Born: 11/11/1891
Died: 1/5/1954
Played for Team: 1912 to 1920 & 1929 to 1935
Rabbit Maranville was one of baseball's best young shortstops when he played for the Braves the first time, and one of the best veterans when he rejoined the club at the age of 37. He was one of the game¹s most well-liked and highly respected players for more than 20 years.


Wally Berger — Outfielder
Born: 10/10/1905
Died: 11/30/1988
Played for Team: 1930 to 1937
Wally Berger was one of the NL's most feared power hitters in the 1930s. In 1933, Babe Ruth said Berger was the finest center fielder in baseball. Berger's league record of 38 home runs as a rookie has never been surpassed.


Tommy Holmes — Outfielder
Born: 3/29/1917
Died: 4/14/2008
Played for Team: 1942 to 1951
Tommy Holmes was stuck behind three All-Stars with the New York Yankees, so when the Braves got him he was ready to play. Holmes hit over .300 five years in a row with the team and was runner-up in the NL MVP voting in 1945.


Johnny Sain — Pitcher
Born: 9/26/1917
Died: 11/7/2006
Played for Team: 1942 & 1946 to 1951
Johnny Sain was one of baseball's craftiest pitchers and the owner of a dazzling curveball. He led the league in wins in 1948 and was an NL All-Star twice. When the Braves traded him to the New York Yankees in 1952 they received Lew Burdette in return.


Joe Adcock —  First Baseman
Born: 10/20/1927
Died: 5/3/1999
Played for Team: 1953 to 1962
Joe Adcock had awesome power. He was the first player to hit a home run into the center field seats at New York's Polo Grounds, and he once hit four homers in a game. Adcock was also an excellent fielder.


Felipe Alou — Outfielder
Born: 5/12/1935
Played for Team: 1964 to 1969
Felipe Alou could play any outfield position and hit any pitcher. He led the league in hits twice as a Brave. In 1966, the only player in the NL with a higher batting average was his brother, Matty.


Ralph Garr — Outfielder
Born: 12/12/1945
Played for Team: 1968 to 1975
Ralph Garr had a remarkable talent for hitting the ball through holes in the defense. Once on base, he was almost impossible to keep from stealing. Garr batted .317 as a Brave and was the NL batting champ in 1974.


Rico Carty — Outfielder
Born: 9/1/1939
Played for Team: 1963 to 1972
If Rico Carty had been able to avoid illness and injury, there is no telling what he might have accomplished. He nearly won the batting title as a rookie in 1964. Carty did win the NL batting championship in 1970, with a .366 average. Carty lost the entire 1968 season to tuberculosis and the entire 1971 season to a knee injury. He batted .317 in his eight years with the Braves.


Joe Torre — Catcher
Born: 7/18/1940
Played for Team: 1960 to 1968
Joe Torre became the team's regular catcher at the age of 20 and was an All-Star at 22. He was the NL's starting catcher in the Midseason Classic four years in a row. In 1966, Torre batted .315 with 36 homers and 101 RBIs, and he threw out half the runners trying to steal on him. In 1982, Torre returned to the Braves as their manager. They won their first 13 games and went on to become NL West champions that fall.


Ron Gant — Outfielder
Born: 3/2/1965
Played for Team: 1987 to 1993
Few players combined speed and power the way Ron Gant did. He became just the third player after Willie Mays and Bobby Bonds to have two 30-homer, 30-steal seasons in a row. At the peak of his career, Gant broke his leg in an ATV accident and was never the same player again.


Freddie Freeman — First Baseman
Born: 9/12/1989
First Year with Team: 2010
Freddie Freeman was given the team's starting first base job at the age of 21. He hit 22 homers that season and finished second to teammate Craig Kimbrel in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. Freeman had a 20-game hitting streak that started in July and ran into August.

     
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This card of Tommy Holmes comes from the same set as the Johnny Sain card. (Bowman Gum Co.)

 

 

 

THE STREAK
Tommy Holmes had one of the greatest years in team history in 1945. He led the NL in hits, home runs, and doubles, and also had a 37-game hitting streak. It was the longest streak in the NL since 1900. Holmes was almost impossible to strike out that season. He fanned only nine times.


BEEP BEEP
In the first three months of the 1974 season, Ralph Garr simply could not be stopped. He set a record with 149 hits at the All-Star Break and went on to win the batting title. Garr's nickname was "The Roadrunner" because he was also very fast.


THE WRITE STUFF
In 1970, baseball fans were amazed to see that Rico Carty's name had been left off the All-Star ballot. Carty was having his greatest season. Fans around the country wrote in his name when they voted, and Carty ended up starting in the outfield along with Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.


JACKIE & THE BABE
In 1943, Johnny Sain pitched against 48-year-old Babe Ruth in a fund-raising game at Yankee Stadium. It was Ruth's final at bat in an organized baseball game. Four years later, Sain faced the Brooklyn Dodgers on Opening Day in 1947. The second batter he faced was Jackie Robinson, who was playing in his first major league game.

     
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Hank Aaron went by "Henry" when this stamp came out in 1955. (Golden Stamps)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chipper Jones cracks a smile during a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Chase Utley is in the background. (Black Book Partners)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Warren Spahn had a record in the Auravision set from the 1960s. I loved these cards. You could put them on a record player and hear the guys talk. They were given out by the neighborhood ice cream man, and you could also get them by sending in Yoo-hoo labels.  (Auravision)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Greg Maddux stays warm in the Atlanta dugout between starts. (Black Book Partners/John Klein)

 

 

 

Home Runs
1879 — Charley Jones — 9
1880 — John O'Rourke — 6
1891 — Harry Stovey — 16
1894 — Hugh Duffy — 18
1897 — Hugh Duffy — 11
1898 — Jimmy Collins — 15
1900 — Herman Long — 12
1907 — Dave Brain — 10
1910 — Fred Beck — 10
1935 — Wally Berger — 34
1945 — Tommy Holmes — 28
1953 — Eddie Mathews — 47
1957 — Hank Aaron — 44
1959 — Eddie Mathews — 46
1963 — Hank Aaron — 44
1966 — Hank Aaron — 44
1967 — Hank Aaron — 39
1984 — Dale Murphy — 36
1985 — Dale Murphy — 37
2005 — Andruw Jones — 51


Batting Average
1877 — Deacon White — .387
1894 — Hugh Duffy — .440
1928 — Rogers Hornsby — .387
1956 — Hank Aaron — .328
1959 — Hank Aaron — .355
1970 — Rico Carty — .366
1974 — Ralph Garr — .353
1991 — Terry Pendleton — .319
2008 — Chipper Jones — .364


Runs Batted In
1877 — Deacon White — 49
1879 — Charley Jones & John O'Rourke — 62
1894 — Hugh Duffy — 145
1935 — Wally Berger — 130
1957 — Hank Aaron — 132
1960 — Hank Aaron — 126
1963 — Hank Aaron — 130
1966 — Hank Aaron — 127
1982 — Dale Murphy — 109
1983 — Dale Murphy — 121
2005 — Andruw Jones — 128


Stolen Bases
1950 — Sam Jethroe—  35
1951 — Sam Jethroe — 35
1953 — Bill Bruton — 26
1954 — Bill Bruton — 34
1955 — Bill Bruton — 25
2011 — Michael Bourn — 61*

* Bourn also played with the Houston Astros in 2011.


Wins
1877 — Tommy Bond — 40
1878 — Tommy Bond — 40
1881 — Jim Whitney — 31
1889 — John Clarkson — 49
1896 — Kid Nichols — 30
1897 — Kid Nichols — 31
1898 — Kid Nichols — 31
1948 — Johnny Sain — 24
1949 — Warren Spahn — 21
1950 — Warren Spahn — 21
1953 — Warren Spahn — 23
1957 — Warren Spahn — 21
1958 — Warren Spahn — 22
1959 — Warren Spahn — 21
1960 — Warren Spahn — 21
1961 — Warren Spahn — 21
1974 — Phil Niekro — 20
1979 — Phil Niekro — 21
1991 — Tom Glavine — 20
1992 — Tom Glavine — 20
1993 — Tom Glavine — 22
1994 — Greg Maddux — 16*
1995 — Greg Maddux — 19
1996 — John Smoltz — 24
1997 — Denny Neagle — 20
1998 — Tom Glavine — 20
2000 — Tom Glavine — 20
2003 — Russ Ortiz — 21
2006 — John Smoltz — 16

* The 1994 season was shortened by a labor dispute.


Strikeouts
1877 — Tommy Bond — 170
1878 — Tommy Bond — 182
1883 — Jim Whitney — 345
1889 — John Clarkson — 284
1902 — Vic Willis — 225
1949 — Warren Spahn — 151
1950 — Warren Spahn — 191
1951 — Warren Spahn — 164
1952 — Warren Spahn — 183
1977 — Phil Niekro — 262
1992 — John Smoltz — 215
1996 — John Smoltz — 276


Earned Run Average
1877 — Tommy Bond — 2.11
1879 — Tommy Bond — 1.96
1889 — John Clarkson — 2.73
1896 — Kid Nichols — 2.83
1899 — Vic Willis — 2.50
1937 — Jim Turner — 2.38
1947 — Warren Spahn — 2.33
1951 — Chet Nichols — 2.88
1953 — Warren Spahn — 2.10
1956 — Lew Burdette — 2.70
1961 — Warren Spahn — 3.02
1967 — Phil Niekro — 1.87
1974 — Buzz Capra — 2.28
1993 — Greg Maddux — 2.36
1994 — Greg Maddux — 1.56
1995 — Greg Maddux — 1.63
1998 — Greg Maddux — 2.22

     
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YEAR OPPONENT RESULT
1914 Philadelphia A's Won 4–0
1948 Cleveland Indians Lost 4–2
1957 New York Yankees Won 4–3
1958 New York Yankees Lost 4–3
1991 Minnesota Twins Lost 4–3
1992 Toronto Blue Jays Lost 4–2
1995 Cleveland Indians Won 4–2
1996 New York Yankees Lost 4–2
1999 New York Yankees Lost 4–0
     
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