From its start in Boston to Oct. 28, 1995, there’s been a lot of Braves history.
And as with anyone who has recently moved into a new home, the team had a chance to plan out how to display the artifacts it was most proud of.
There’s plenty to see at SunTrust Park — if you know where to look.
Some items are as obvious as the 35 pennants, but there are other touches like small silhouettes of Hank Aaron’s famous 715th home run on each aisle’s end seat.
There are 300 pieces of Braves-themed art littered throughout the grounds.
But the Monument Garden, located on the lower level behind home plate, holds many of the franchise’s prized jewels.
Braves Vice Chairman John Schuerholz described the thinking behind the garden: “Building this history into the very foundation of our new home gives us and our fans the chance to acknowledge and honor these milestones as we look ahead to our bright future.”
At the display’s heart is a nine-foot snapshot of Braves legend Hank Aaron hitting his Babe Ruth-record-beating 715th home run. The statue was created by Bulgarian-born artist Ross Rossin who now lives in Atlanta.
A sculpture made up of 755 bats in the number’s shape sits across from Aaron’s statue and symbolizes his since-shattered record number of career home runs.
But Hammerin’ Hank isn’t the only one getting love. There’s a bat or glove to represent each of the 55 Braves inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. One of those is for Schuerholz, who is set to be inducted in July.
There are plaques to honor the 31 players, managers, coaches and others in the Braves Hall of Fame.
The team has retired 11 jersey numbers and those numbers will be incorporated into a water feature at SunTrust Park. An interactive exhibit will also allow fans to learn more about each of the team’s legends whose numbers have been retired.
Speaking of jerseys, the Braves have worn more than 25 different uniforms since 1871, so there will also be an area chronicling how the team’s look has changed over time.
The Garden will also feature a section explaining the origin of the Braves’ names dating all the way back to when they were known as the Red Stockings.
There will be a section equivalent to the team’s trophy cabinet with reproductions of: Greg Maddux’s 1995 Cy Young award, Hank Aaron’s 1957 MVP award, Dale Murphy’s 1982 Silver Slugger award, Andruw Jones’ 2005 Gold Glove award and David Justice’s 1990 Rookie of the Year award, along with a list of all other franchise winners.
Audio clips will take you back to the radio calls of Sid Bream’s slide home in Game 7 of the 1992 NL championship series and Marquis Grissom’s final out in the 1995 World Series.
Here’s other memorabilia (and locations):
The Braves' 35 pennants will fly on the light poles in the outfield.
The 1995 World Series trophy will sit in the Champions Suites but can be viewed through glass from Monument Garden
The Champions Suites will have five replica rings — the 1995 World Series and four NLCS victory rings (1991, 1992, 1996 and 1999) and the World Series ring from 1995. There will also be five miniature NLCS trophies visible through glass.
Braves jerseys from Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta will be framed and on display in elevator banks throughout the park.
Guest Services Aisle 111:
There will be an acrylic plaque for each of the 55 Braves Hall of Famers.
Delta SKY360 Club:There will be reproductions of all Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and MVP awards won by Braves players.
The tunnel from the clubhouse to the field will feature reproductions of Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards along with a list of all Braves players who have won each award in franchise history.
Hank Aaron Terrace:
See for yourself the bat and ball from The Hammer’s record-breaking 715th home run. There will also be a display of 715 bat knobs, each inscribed with the date, homer count and opponent. The Hank Aaron Terrace will be decorated with images of Hank Aaron on the walls and pillars.
The SunTrust Club will have a variety of historical Braves photos with a display of bats that belonged to Braves greats and a collection of baseballs signed by Braves Hall of Famers.
There will be a series of displays paying tribute to Braves managers, Braves Cy Young winners, Braves Rookie of the Year winners and Braves no-hitters. Expect images of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Bobby Cox branded into wood panels.
On display will be artifacts from “the greatest Braves broadcasters,” including Pete van Wieren, Skip Caray and Ernie Johnson. There will also be Sports Illustrated covers featuring Braves players.
Konica Minolta Conference Center:
A display in the Konica Minolta Conference Center recognizing the “Homes of the Braves” will include photographs and information from each of the six ballparks where the Braves have played.
Guests on tour and players will be able to view a reproduction of both Tom Glavine’s 1991 Silver Slugger and Greg Maddux’s 1995 Gold Glove. There are also tributes to Braves Cy Young winners, Braves MVP winners, the 14 straight division titles and all retired team numbers.
SunTrust Park address: 1100 Circle 75 Pkwy SE, Atlanta, Ga., 30330
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