Atlanta Braves history
1876: Boston Red Stockings and seven other teams form the National League. Nicknamed Boston Beaneaters after the first season, the team dominated the early years of the league, winning eight pennants before the turn of century.
1914: “Miracle Braves” rally from a 15-game deficit to win the NL pennant and sweep the Philadelphia A’s in the World Series. Team moves into Braves Field the following season.
1935: Released by the Yankees, Babe Ruth finishes his career with the Braves. hitting two homers in his final game.
1948: Led by pitchers Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain, the Braves win NL pennant but lose to the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. Because of lack of pitching depth, fans’ rallying cry is “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain.”
1952: Overshadowed by the Red Sox, the Braves draw 281,000 and move to Milwaukee for the 1953 season. Four seasons later, Milwaukee beats the Yankees in the World Series.
1966: After attendance dwindled in Milwaukee, Braves pack up again and move to Atlanta, where team wins the franchise’s third World Series title in 1995.
–Compiled by Guy Curtright