Home of the Atlanta Braves
Experience the Park Turner Field Fan Guide
A Braves History Lesson
It took a mere $15,000 to give birth to a sports team that has raised world championship banners in the Northeast, Midwest and Deep South. Throughout its nearly 140-year history, the franchise known today as the Atlanta Braves has fielded some really good teams – 21 league championships and three World Series titles – and some really awful ones – 13 seasons with 100-plus losses. The story is a long one, compiled in three different cities.
The Braves’ franchise was born in January 1871, the dream of Ivers Whitney Adams. Harry Wright, a Hall of Fame inductee known as the “Father of Professional Baseball,” assisted in forming the team, and for five seasons the Boston Red Stockings played in the National Association of Professional Baseball Players, which became the National League in 1876.
Boston experienced plenty of success before the turn of the century, winning four National Association pennants and eight more NL flags before 1900. After a dry spell, the Miracle Braves won the 1914 World Series. Thirty-four years later, the Braves captured another NL pennant, losing to Cleveland in the World Series.
But after 1948, the team plunged in the standings and at the gate, drawing a paltry 281,278 fans in 1952. The next season, the Braves debuted in Milwaukee, the first franchise to change cities. The Braves drew a then-NL record 1,826,397 fans. Five seasons later, Milwaukee won the World Series and won the first of two consecutive NL pennants. But as the ’60s unfolded, Milwaukee’s attendance fell under the 1 million mark, and the team would have moved to Atlanta for the 1965 season had the courts not stepped in and ordered the team to stay in Wisconsin.
In 1966, the Braves brought pro sports to the South. Much as Adams dreamed of a sports franchise nearly a century earlier, Atlanta Major Ivan Allen Jr. longed for his city to have a team. He convinced the Braves’ ownership to leave Milwaukee, building a state-of-the-art stadium along the interstate just south of downtown. For 30 years, the Braves played in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, winning NL pennants in 1991, 1992, 1995 and 1996, and capturing the 1995 World Series title.
After the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Olympic Stadium was transformed into Turner Field, where the Braves moved in 1997. Three seasons later, the Braves won another NL championship and played in the World Series, 127 years after the Red Stockings won their first National Association title.