The 13th team in our #SummerOfBaseball series is once again from the Major League ranks and the heated rival of our New York Mets – the Atlanta Braves.
The Braves knew I was a Big Mets Fan and they were still cool enough to send up an official Major League Baseball with Rob Manfred’s stamped signature and the Atlanta Braves tomahawk logo.
We all know the story of the Braves – the franchise history dates back to 1871 in Boston. They first began using the “Braves” back in 1912. They moved to Milwaukee in 1953 and they’ve been in Atlanta since 1966. They played in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium from 1966-1996 before they moved into Turner Field in 1997. The place which has been a historic House of Horrors for our Mets and they’ll be moving into the new SunTrust Park for the beginning of the 2017 season.
The Braves have won three World Series titles in their existence, the most recent in 1995 and their only one in Atlanta came in 1995 when they defeated the Cleveland Indians in 6 games. The team won 11 straight Eastern Division Titles from 1995-2005 under the guidance of Bobby Cox.
True Home Run King Hammering Hank Aaron was an Atlanta Brave. Orlando Cepeda was a Brave. Hoyt Wilhelm, Phil Niekro, Joe Torre, and Bruce Sutter were Braves. The Braves had the triple-headed monster pitching staff of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz when they had their prolonged Eastern Division run (much to our Mets chagrin).
So thank you Atlanta Braves for sending in a #SummerOfBaseball. Check out their twitter @Braves – the team’s website is braves.com