The Atlanta Braves are a professional baseball team located in Atlanta, Georgia. They are a member of the Eastern Division of the National League.
From 1997 to 2016, the Braves played in Turner Field. From 2017 onwards, the Braves have played at Truist Park, with a capacity of 41,000.
The “Braves” comes for the term for an Indian warrior, reflecting his courage. They are also called “the Bravos”, and in advertising have been called “America’s Team”, because their games were broadcast nationally on TBS (until the 2008 season), gaining a wide fanbase.
The Braves are of the National League’s two remaining charter franchises (the other being the Chicago Cubs). The team was founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings (not to be confused with the American League’s Boston Red Sox or the NL Central’s Cincinnati Reds). The team moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1953 and became the Milwaukee Braves. In 1966, the team moved to Atlanta.
Record By Decade
- 1966-1969: Bobby Bragan coached the 1996 Braves team to an 85-77 record. He was then replaced by Billy Hitchcock, who was replaced mid-season by Ken Silvestri. Lum Harris then took over for the final two years of the decade.
- 1970-1979: Lum Harris coached until 1972, and then was replaced by Eddie Matthews. Clyde King took over midseason 1974, and was himself replaced midseason 1975. Dave Bristol was given a chance for two years, and then Bobby Cox was brought in for his first tenure with the team.
- 1980-1989: Cox continued to coach until 1982. Then Joe Torre coached for three years. His first two years were winning seasons, his final season he posted a record of 80-82, but was nevertheless replaced. Eddie Haas lasted half a season, and Bobby Wine a half season after him. Chuck Tanner coached for three years, withoug a winning season. In his last season, he lost over a hundred games. Russ Nixon then coached in 1989.
- 1990-1999: After 1990, Nixon was replaced by Bobby Cox, who returned for his second stint with the team, and who brought success to the team for the entire decade, winning division championships, National league pennants, and the World Series in 1995.
- 2000-2008: In the 2000s decade, Bobby Cox continues to coach. They were Division champions from 2000-2005, but since then the team has had only one winning season, in 2007.