History of the Braves
The Boston Braves were a Major League Baseball team that played in the National League from 1871 to 1952. The franchise was initially founded as the Cincinnati Red Stockings, and they moved to Boston in 1876. During their 81-year tenure in Boston, the Braves had several memorable moments, including three World Series titles (1914, 1948, and 1957). They also won seven NL pennants during this period.
The franchise's early years made it one of baseball’s most successful teams. Hall of Famers like Kid Nichols, Rabbit Maranville, and Warren Spahn led them to multiple championships. In 1914 they defeated Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics for their first-ever World Series title behind pitching ace Bill James who threw two complete game shutouts during the series. The next decade would be marked by more success, with future Hall of Famers such as Rogers Hornsby joining up with stars like Johnny Evers and Joe Kelley, forming one of baseball's most excellent infield combinations known today as "the $100000 infield."
In 1941 under manager Casey Stengel, the Braves reached another peak when they went on an incredible 21-game winning streak which remains unmatched today. This streak helped propel them into contention for yet another pennant, but they ultimately finished second place behind Brooklyn Dodgers. After a few down seasons following WWII, Boston again found themselves atop league standings after clinching back-to-back NL Pennants led by young phenom Hank Aaron who hit 44 home runs that year alongside Bob Elliott, who earned MVP honors. Unfortunately, despite having home-field advantage throughout playoffs due to the new playoff format introduced at the time, they lost out on a chance at a third championship falling short against New York Yankees 4 games 2 series finale being particularly heartbreaking, losing 10 innings 1–0 affair thanks walk off homerun Mickey Mantle off Lew Burdette.
Despite not getting over the hump final year playing city before moving to Milwaukee 1953 season, it still left a lasting legacy within the sport, forever remembered fondly by fans across the country even though it no longer exists.
Boston – Milwaukee – Atlanta
2000 – Present / Major League Baseball
1883 – 1999 / National League
1966 – Present / Atlanta Braves
1953 – 1965 / Milwaukee Braves
1941 – 1952 / Boston Braves
1936 – 1940 / Boston Bees
1912 – 1935 / Boston Braves
1911 / Boston Rustlers
1907 – 1910 / Boston Doves
1883 – 1906 / Boston Beaneaters
Braves – Regarding baseball, the Boston Braves have a long and storied history. The team was founded in 1871 as part of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (NABBP), making them one of the oldest teams in Major League Baseball (MLB). But what many may not know is that their nickname has an interesting origin story.
The first incarnation of the Boston Braves came about when members from two different NABBP teams merged to form one cohesive unit: The Red Stockings and White Stockings. This combination gave rise to their original moniker, “Boston Red Caps” or “Red Caps” for short. However, this name didn't stick around for long as they soon changed it again after just two years due to its association with another local amateur team called "Caps."
In 1895, seeking a new identity that would set them apart from other clubs at the time, the owners decided on calling themselves "Braves," which was inspired by their manager's courage during tough times and his willingness to fight against all odds -- much like how Native American warriors were known for being brave during battle situations. It's also believed that some fans had already started referring to them by this name before any official announcement had been made due to its similarity with another popular term used back then - 'brave.'
Today, these exact words still embody everything about what makes up our beloved franchise – loyalty, courage, resilience & pride – so if you're ever wondering why we are called 'Braves,' now you know! As sports fanatics who root for such an iconic team steeped in tradition like ours should take comfort in knowing where our nickname originated from; because no matter how bad things get, we can always look back at those roots & remember why we've been able to stay strong throughout thick & thin.
World Series 1
1995, 1957, 1914
2017 – Present / SunTrust Park
1997 – 2016 / Turner Field
1976 – 1996 / Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
1966 – 1976 / Atlanta Stadium
1953 – 1965 / Milwaukee County Stadium
1915 – 1952 / Braves Field
1936 – 1941 / National League Park
1914 – 1915 / Fenway Park
1894 – 1914 / South End Grounds
1894 / Congress Street Grounds
1883 – 1894 / South End Grounds
2007 – Present / Liberty Media Corporation
1996 – 2007 / Time Warner
1976 – 1996 / Ted Turner
1962 – 1976 / William Bartholomay
1944 – 1962 / Lou Perini
1935 – 1945 / Bob Quinn
1922 – 1935 / Emil Fuchs
1919 – 1922 / George W. Grant
1915 – 1918 / Percy Haughton
1912 – 1915 / James Gaffney
1911 / William Hepburn Russell
1909 – 1910 / John Dovey
1907 – 1909 / George & John Dovey
1883 – 1909 / Arthur Soden
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
3 / Dale Murphy
6 / Bobby Cox
10 / Chipper Jones
21 / Warren Spahn
29 / John Smoltz
31 / Greg Maddux
35 / Phil Niekro
41 / Eddie Matthews
42 / Jackie Robinson
44 / Hank Aaron
47 / Tom Glavine
*Blue is this team’s history