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Many people see the Atlanta Braves in different lights, by asking diverse people about them, you will get some vastly dissimilar answers. If you ask any young person who the Atlanta Braves are, you will most likely hear something like this: The best overall baseball team since I’ve been alive. But if you ask an older wiser person who the Atlanta Braves are, here’s the answer you’ll probably get: A baseball team that has come back incredibly from they’re not so grand past, a great story of a worst to first baseball team. However if you go to an informed person, someone who knows all about the Atlanta Braves and ask them the same question, I’m sure you’ll get an answer like this: The Atlanta Braves are a team with rich history, great victories, and superb leadership that has allowed them to capture 12 consecutive division titles.
The Atlanta Braves’ history is very deep and very interesting, with 3 moves 3 national titles and numerous stadiums, the Braves have been and will be one of the most fascinating teams in baseball.
“The Braves started in 1876 in Boston, known then as the ‘Red Stockings’. And in 1883 they became then ‘Beaneaters’ and then the now infamous ‘Braves’ in 1912. Then in 1914 the Boston Braves won they’re first national title, by sweeping Philadelphia.” (Atlanta.braves.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/atl/history/atl_history_timeline.jsp)
In 1953, the Braves moved to Milwaukee Wisconsin, and winning the franchise’s 2nd World Series only 4 years later in 1957. (Atlanta.braves.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/atl/history/atl_history_timeline.jsp)
The Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966. The Braves didn’t have the best teams from 1966-1990, no World Series titles, just not up to where they had been in earlier years. In 1990 the braves had the worst record in baseball, and then in 1991, they went from worst to first, and went to the World Series. They went again in 1992, but unfortunately, they lost both times. However, in 1995 the Braves went to the Championship of baseball once again, they represented the National League, and the Cleveland Indians represented the American League. The Series went six games, and in game six the Braves won, beating the Indians, one to nothing, and winning the World Series.
I myself remember that game, I was in my living room with my family watching the game, and David Justice hit a solo home run, the only run of the game. Tom Glavine pitched a great game, I remember being so excited when they won.
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I believe that the Atlanta Braves are defiantly one of the most interesting teams in their sport, for many reasons. For moving three times, for the stadium changes, all the history behind them, have made them one of the most compelling teams in baseball.
The Braves as a team have accomplished much in their numerous years of existence. They have won 3 World Series titles, while having 65 winning seasons, and appeared in 29 playoff series. The Braves have been up and down since their beginning.
I have always been a Braves fan, mostly because my entire family is from Georgia and the Atlanta area, and being the fan that I am, I remember things like the championships, and the playoff series, the team has accomplished much and will accomplish more.
“In 2003 the Braves had the best team batting average in the National League. As well as the most home runs and most hits. Not to mention most runs, and most RBI’s.” (Atlanta.braves.mlob.com/NASApp/mlb/atl/stats_hisorical/atl_historical_team_stats.jsp)
The Braves also have many successful minor league teams. “They have one triple A team, the Richmond Braves. As well as one double A team, the Greenville Braves. In addition to that, they have two single A teams, the Rome Braves, and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.” (Atlanta.braves.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/minorleagues/team_index.jsp?c=id=atl)
I think that the Braves have made leaps and bounds from being a not so great team to being one of the best of all time. In earlier times, the Braves were no threat to anyone. But now, when opposing teams see Atlanta on their schedule, they shake with fear.
The Braves have been known to have many great leaders, some for their leadership, and some for their raw ability to play baseball extremely well! “Currently on roster, the Braves have 2 catchers, twelve pitchers, seven infielder and four outfielders.” (atlanta.braves.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/atl/team/atl_team_roster.jsp) The manager of the Braves is Bobby Cox, the dugout coach is Pat Corrales, and the pitching coach is Leo Mazzone. (Atlanta.braves.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/atl/team/atl_team_coachesstaff.jsp?club_context=atl)
Two main leaders of the Braves in 2003 were Rafael Furcal, and Gary Sheffield. “Furcal had 10 triples in 2003, which was tied for the most in the National League. He also had the third most runs in the N.L. with 130, not to mention many more league leading stats. Gary Sheffield had 132 RBI’s in 2003, the second most in the National League. He also had the third most total bases with 348, along with many other incredible stats.” (Morrison 64)
The Braves have retired five numbers. Number three was retired for Dale Murphy. Number 21 was retired for Warren Spahn. Number 35 was retired for Phil Niekro. Number 41 was retired for Eddie Mathews, and number 44 was retired for Hank Aaron. (cbs.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/history/ATL)
One of the most memorable moments in baseball was in 1974, when Hank Aaron hit homerun number 715, passing Babe Ruth, and giving him the record for the most home runs in a career. He eventually went on and finished his career with 755 home runs.
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BIBLIOGRAPHY: Works Cited
. Sports Illustrated 2003 Almanac. New York: Bishop Books, 2002.
McGeveran Jr., William, ed. The World Almanac and book of facts 2004. New York: St. Martins Press, 2003.
Morrison, Michael, ed. ESPN Sports Almanac 2004. New York: Sports Almanac Inc., 2003.
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