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If you've been to an Atlanta Braves home game, chances are you've met Walter Banks. He is one of just a handful of employees who have worked for the organization since the team got to town.

Walter Banks and his ballpark buddy, former President Jimmy Carter. Photo courtesy of Walter Banks

Banks works section 107, which is pretty prime real estate, but each home game he arrives early, looking for a new stranger to surprise. "Do me a favor," he'll tell his new friends, "when you get inside, come to section 107, and I'll let you experience batting practice."

His inspired acts of kindness among fans, devotion to the team and affection for his colleagues have made him one of the most beloved figures at the ballpark. This season, the Braves' last at Turner Field, the AJC is spending time with "The Home Team," folks who work in and around the stadium or live nearby, and help make game day what it is.

Who better to kick off the series than Walter Banks? In this Sunday's Personal Journey, he shares memories from his decades with the Braves, stories from growing up right about where the old Atlanta-Fulton County infield once was, and his plans for the future, when the Braves leave for their new home.

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Walter Banks and Ted Turner at Turner Field. AJC file photo

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Jennifer Brett is a multiplatform journalist and digital coach. She writes The Buzz blog for accessAtlanta.com.

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