Documentary explores ‘Story of the ’90s Braves’

For 14 seasons, Atlanta was a perennial powerhouse in baseball. This is how the Braves did it: 1991: The Braves win the NL West by one game over the Dodgers. Atlanta becomes the first team in NL history to go from worst to first. Terry Pendleton is named MVP. Tom Glavine wins the Cy Young Award. The Braves beat Pittsburgh in the NLCS and lose to Minnesota in World Series. 1992: In last place on May 27, the Braves finish the season with a 78-37 run to beat Cincinnati by eight games to win the NL West ti

“Atlanta Rules, The Story of the ’90s Braves” is a one-hour documentary that details how the Braves went from perennial underperformers to a baseball powerhouse.

An advanced, private screening is planned as part of the Braves' Chop Fest weekend Friday at the Battery Atlanta.

The film documents how:

Playing in front of a national television audience on a nightly basis on TBS, the Braves and its many All-Star players became household names throughout the country, led by the trio of future Hall of Fame pitchers Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz. The birth of the tomahawk chop created by two-sport athlete sensation Deion Sanders in 1991, the near-acquisition of National League MVP Barry Bonds in 1992, and the back-to-back trips to the World Series in 1995 and 1996.

It includes interviews with Hall of Famers Maddux, Smoltz, Bobby Cox and Chipper Jones, along with sit-downs with former Braves David Justice, Mark Lemke and Terry Pendleton, who contributed to the team’s success.

“Atlanta Rules” will air on MLB Network at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13.