Welcome to my blog post about the Boston Braves. This professional baseball team was founded in 1871, making it one of the oldest teams in American sports. The Braves played in a few different stadiums over the years before moving to their current home at Turner Field in 1997. Despite being based in Atlanta for most of their history, the Braves are still very popular among Boston fans. I’ll tell you all about the team’s highs and lows throughout its long history!
From the Boston Red Stockings to the Atlanta Braves: a history of America’s team
The Boston Braves were a Major League Baseball team that played in the National League from 1871 to 1952, before relocating to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The franchise played in the NL West for its final 20 seasons.
The Braves were one of the charter members of the NL and played in the league’s first game, against the Philadelphia Athletics on April 22, 1876. At first they played their home games at Union Grounds in Brooklyn, New York. In 1877, they moved to Athletic Park (also known as South End Grounds) in Boston. In 1953, the franchise moved to Milwaukee, where they play today as the Milwaukee Brewers.
The team was also known as the Beaneaters from 1883 to 1906; this name came about because of a newspaper contest in which the fans voted for the team’s new nickname. The team was also sometimes referred to as the Doves from 1907 to 1910, and the Rustlers from 1911 to 1915.
In their first season in Boston, 1871, the Braves finished last in the eight-team National Association with a record of just 13-46. During that season, they were managed by George Wright, who led them to a 73-42 record and a first-place finish in 1872.
The Braves continued to be successful under Wright’s leadership, winning four pennants in five years from 1876 to 1880. They won their first World Series championship in 1914 under manager George Stallings. After Stallings’ death in 1922, the team was led by managers such as Fred Tenney, Casey Stengel, and Bill McKechnie.
Under the leadership of general manager Eddie Collins, the Braves won another World Series championship in 1957. After the 1957 season, Collins sold the team to Lou Perini, who moved them to Milwaukee. The Braves were one of the most successful teams in baseball during the 1950s, winning five National League pennants and one World Series championship.
The team’s fortunes began to decline in the early 1960s; after winning their last pennant in 1959, they finished in last place in three of the next four seasons. The team was also plagued by financial problems, and Perini sold the team to William Bartholomay in 1962.
Under Bartholomay’s ownership, the team began to rebuild, acquiring players such as Hank Aaron, Joe Torre, and Phil Niekro. The team returned to contention in the late 1960s, winning their first division title in 1969. They went on to win the National League pennant in 1971, but lost the World Series to the Oakland Athletics.
The team continued to be successful under manager Bobby Cox, winning division titles in 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2013. They also won the World Series in 1995 and 1996. After a decline in performance in the early 2010s, the team was sold to Liberty Media in 2016.
The Braves are one of the most successful teams in baseball history, winning 17 National League pennants and three World Series championships. They have also played in two other World Series (1948 and 1958), and have won 14 division titles. The team’s success has been attributed to its strong pitching staffs, which have included such pitchers as Warren Spahn, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and John Smoltz.
Boston Braves team notable players
The Boston Braves were a professional baseball team that played in the National League from 1876 to 1953 before relocating to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The team was notable for several of its players, including Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, and Fred Clarke. Other notable Braves players include Rabbit Maranville, Tommy Holmes, Eddie Mathews, and Dale Murphy. The team was also the first Major League Baseball franchise to field an African-American player, William Edward White, in 1879.