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Founded - 1876 as the Boston Beaneaters
Stadium - Turner Field since 1997 (Atlanta, Georgia)
Best Team Record - 106-56(.654) 1998; National League Champions
Worst Team Record - 38-115 (.248) 1935; 8th Place National League
World Series Winners - 1914 def. Athletics 4-0; 1957 def. Yankees 4-3; 1995 def. Indians 4-2
Division Winners - 1877 1878 1883 1891-1893 1897 1898 1914 1948 1957 1958 1969 1982 1991-1993 1995-2005
Wild Card Winners - none
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2/11/10: Glavine and Thomas Make It Official - After not having played at all in the 2009 season and receiving no interest as free agents this winter, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas have both officially retired from baseball.

Both players finished with some elite statistics. Glavine is one of 24 pitchers to win 300 games in his career while Thomas is one of 20 players with over 1,000 games played who is in the 3-4-5 club. Barring a revelation connecting them to performance-enhancing drugs, both will eventually become Hall of Famers, even though Thomas spent 1,311 of his 2,322 career games as a designated hitter. --KG

Franchise History

The Beginning
The Boston Beaneaters were one of the original National League franchises in 1876. The team would later become known as the Braves. In 1901, the team drew challenge from the Boston Red Sox of the fledgling American League.

Not the First, Won't Be the Last
In 1953, the Braves moved west to Milwaukee. Despite starting off with the best eight-year run the franchise had had in the 20th century, they would remain in Milwaukee for only 13 years.

Oh, I Wish I Was In the Land of Cotton
In 1966, the Braves moved on, this time to the Deep South. The Atlanta Braves played nearly three decades of terrible baseball before winning their division in 1991. They did not fail to win a division title again until 2006, rattling off 14 championships in the interim.

Best Trade in Team History - In 1987, the Braves sent Doyle Alexander to the Detroit Tigers for a prospect named John Smoltz. The immediate dividends went to the Tigers, as Alexander went 9-0 the rest of the way, but Smoltz went on to become one the Braves all time greats, both as a starter and a reliever.

Worst Trade in Team History
Late in 1975, the Braves traded Dusty Baker and Ed Goodson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jimmy Wynn, Tom Paciorek, Lee Lacy, and Jerry Royster. Only Royster would be a significant contributor for the Braves, while Baker enjoyed ten more good seasons with the Dodgers, Giants, and A's.

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2008 Atlanta Braves Preview
In a stacked National League East, do these re-vamped Braves have what it takes to make the Playoffs?

2007 Atlanta Braves Preview
The Braves will not be able to compete with the Phillies or Mets in 2007.

2006 Atlanta Braves Preview
Even with the departure of Leo Mazzone, one would be a fool to count out the Braves this year.

Pray for Rain? Are You Insane?
2/11/05
Were Spahn and Sain really the only quality pitchers on the post-WWII Boston Braves?

A Look Ahead to 2006 - Andruw Jones
We all know that Andruw Jones hit 51 homeruns in 2005, 22 more than the previous season. But did Jones really transform as a player? See what Asher thinks.

Year in Review - Top Ten Stories of 2005
As the new year approaches, let's take the time to reflect on the 2005 season, which turned out to be significant on many levels. Find out what events made Asher's Top 10 Stories of 2005.

2005 Manager of the Year Analysis
Keith's analysis reveals that the 2005 National League Manager of the Year may have been well earned by Atlanta's Bobby Cox, but someone else may have been more deserving.

What Kind of Player Makes a Good Manager? 10/13/05
Play Asher's Who Am I?, a game involving baseball managers.

2005 NLDS Preview 10/5/05
While Keith isn't positive about who will take this series, he does know that if the Braves prevail, that they're going all the way.

Aging Veteran Pitchers
Asher analyzes the career achievements of Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, among other aging veteran pitchers.

40 Current Players Bound for the Hall 8/6/05
On his 25th Birthday, Keith is forced to temper some of the praise that Asher heaps on David Schoenfield for his article on current players bound for the hall.

Atlanta Braves Archive

All Time Team
Manager
Best Overall Player
Best Overall Pitcher
Worst Overall Player

Worst Overall Pitcher
Most Overrated Player
Most Underrated Player
Best Player Name
Catcher
First Base
Second Base
Third Base
Shortstop
Utility
Left Field
Center Field
Right Field
Fourth Outfielder
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
Bobby Cox
Hank Aaron
Greg Maddux
Rafael Belliard
Jamie Easterly
Buster Brown
Warren Spahn
Wally Berger
Buzz Capra
Javy Lopez
Joe Adcock
Glen Hubbard
Eddie Mathews
Rafael Furcal
Chipper Jones
Rico Carty
Andruw Jones
Hank Aaron
Dale Murphy
Greg Maddux
Warren Spahn
Tom Glavine
John Smoltz
Phil Niekro
Gene Garber
John Smoltz
All Time Leaders
Games
At-Bats
Runs
Hits
Doubles
Triples
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
Stolen Bases

Total Bases
Batting Average

OBP
SLG
OPS
Games Pitched
Innings Pitched
Wins
Losses
Strikeouts
Bases on Balls
ERA
Shutouts
Saves
3076 - Hank Aaron
11628 - Hank Aaron
2107 - Hank Aaron
3600 - Hank Aaron
600 - Hank Aaron
103 - Rabbit Maranville
733 - Hank Aaron
2202 - Hank Aaron
434 - Herman Long*
240 - Hank Aaron
6591 - Hank Aaron
.339 - Billy Hamilton*
.317 - Rico Carty
.401 - Chipper Jones
.557 - Hank Aaron
.939 - Chipper Jones
740 - Phil Niekro
5046.0 - Warren Spahn
356 - Warren Spahn
230 - Phil Niekro
2912 - Phil Niekro
1458 - Phil Niekro
2.21 - Tommy Bond*
63 - Warren Spahn
154 - John Smoltz
Single Season Leaders
At-Bats
Runs
Hits
Doubles
Triples
HR
RBI

SB
TB
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Games
Innings



Wins


Losses

Strikeouts

Walks
ERA
Shutouts


Saves
671 - Marquis Grissom, 1996
131 - Dale Murphy, 1983
223 - Hank Aaron, 1959
46 - Hank Aaron, 1959
15 - Rabbit Maranville, 1920
51 - Andruw Jones, 2005
145 - Hugh Duffy, 1894
135 - Eddie Mathews, 1953
72 - Otis Nixon, 1991
400 - Hank Aaron, 1959
.355 - Hank Aaron, 1959
.441 - Chipper Jones, 1999
.687 - Javy Lopez, 2003
1.074 - Chipper Jones, 1999
84 - Chris Reitsma, 2004
620 - John Clarkson, 1889
410 - Vic Willis, 1902
389.2 - Tobey Pittinger, 1902
342 - Phil Niekro, 1979
49 - John Clarkson, 1889
27 - Togie Pittinger, 1902
27 - Vic Willis, 1902
29 - Tommy Bond, 1880
29 - Vic Willis, 1905
417 - Charlie Buffington, 1884
276 - John Smoltz, 1996
164 - Phil Niekro, 1977
1.56 - Greg Maddux, 1994
7 - Warren Spahn, 1947
7 - Warren Spahn, 1951
7 - Warren Spahn, 1963
55 - John Smoltz, 2002
Hall of Fame
Eddie Mathews
Hank Aaron
John Clarkson
Kid Nichols
Phil Niekro
Vic Willis
Warren Spahn

Frank Selee (Mgr)
Rabbit Maranville
Tommy McCarthy
Hugh Duffy


*BaseballEvolution Hall of Famer
Bold players are in both Halls
Award Winners
Most Valuable Players
Johnny Evers - 1914
Bob Elliot - 1947
Hank Aaron - 1957
Dale Murphy - 1982
Dale Murphy - 1983
Terry Pendleton - 1991
Chipper Jones - 1999

Cy Young Winners
Warren Spahn - 1957
Tom Glavine - 1991
Greg Maddux - 1993
Greg Maddux - 1994
Greg Maddux - 1995
John Smoltz - 1996
Tom Glavine - 1998

Rookies of the Year
Sam Jethroe - 1950
Earl Williams - 1971
Bob Horner - 1978
David Justice - 1990
Rafael Furcal - 2000

Firemen of the Year
John Smoltz - 2002

Kingman Award Winners
Joe Adcock - 1962
Clete Boyer - 1967
Dale Murphy - 1978
Dale Murphy - 1988
Dale Murphy - 1989
Andruw Jones - 2001

Alex Gonzalez of the Marlins
none
Club Members
Triple Crown Hitters
none

Triple Crown Pitchers
none

3-4-5 Club
Chipper Jones

100-Plus Club
none

500 Outs Club
Felix Millan - 1969

50 Home Run Club
Andruw Jones - 51 (2005)

30-30 Club
Hank Aaron (44/31) 1963
Dale Murphy (36/30) 1983
Ron Gant (32/33) 1990
Ron Gant (32/34) 1992