Atlanta second baseman Ozzie Albies is the latest Brave to wear No. 1.
Photo: Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
Photo: Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

5 Braves: Vote on best player to wear No. 1?

Rabbit Maranville was the first to wear it for the Boston Braves in 1932. Since then about two dozen franchise players have at one time worn No. 1 in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta.

Del Crandall, an 8-time All-Star catcher, wore it the longest — 11 seasons in Milwaukee. 

Second baseman Ozzie Albies is the most recent player in Atlanta to button-up No. 1. Albies (.279/.332/.473), a two-time All-Star, led the league with 189 hits in 2019. 

Shortstop Rafael Furcal, the 2000 NL Rookie of the Year, flashed No. 1 for his six seasons in Atlanta. Furcal (.284/.348/.409) led the league in triples (10) his All-Star season of 2003. 

Outfielder Albert Hall was a 6th round draft pick by Atlanta in 1977. He spent eight seasons in Atlanta, primarily as a backup, dating back to 1981. Hall (.251/.328/.335), however, wore three jersey numbers — 31 and 2 — while in Atlanta, spending a majority of his time in No. 1.

Infielder Jerry Royster (.246/.310/.333) wore No. 1 for eight of his 10 seasons (1976-’84, ’88) in Atlanta. In 1978, Royster set the Atlanta record for 11 stolen bases in the month of April. (Ender Inciarte broke the record in 2018.)

Outfielder Otis Nixon played until his 40s. Four of his 17 baseball seasons were spent in a No. 1 jersey with the Braves. Though he never won a Gold Glove, he is best remembered for one of the most unforgettable catches in Braves lore in July 1992. Nixon (.278/.351/.319), who battled drug issues during his time in Atlanta, played in 462 games and stole 186 bases. 

So who wore it best?

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