The Atlanta Braves hold the distinction of being not only the oldest continuously operating team in Major League Baseball, but also one of the oldest professional sports franchises in the world. Although they call Atlanta home today, this sunny city in Georgia hasn't always hosted the Braves. The team's roots stretch back to Boston in 1871. In that year, the Boston Red Stockings were born and over the next eight decades, the franchise switched between such names as the Red Caps, Beaneaters and, eventually, the Braves. The Boston Braves relocated to Milwaukee between 1953 and 1965 before heading south to Atlanta in time for the 1966 season.
The Braves played at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium between 1966 and 1996 and moved to Turner Field in 1997. Turner Field, named after media mogul Ted Turner, who bought the team in 1976, was built to host the 1996 Summer Olympics and seats 54,357 for baseball games. The Braves most recent notable news is the team's plans to build a new ballpark to open in 2017 with a price tag of more than $650 million. The still-unnamed park's site is in Cobb County, northwest of the city.
World Series Championships
Despite their long history, the Braves have won just three World Series championships; these titles came in 1914, 1957 and 1995 when the club was situated in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta, respectively. The Braves have been, however, one of the most consistent National League clubs in recent memory, dominating the National League schedule en route to setting a record with 14 straight division titles between 1991 and 2005. In all, the team has 17 National League Pennants and 17 division titles.
Atlanta Braves Roster
The Braves roster has included many of baseball's all-time greats. Several members of the Baseball Hall of Fame once wore the Atlanta Braves colors, including Hank Aaron, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Eddie Mathews, Phil Niekro, Warren Spahn and manager Bobby Cox. Longtime Braves third baseman Chipper Jones will likely be the next former Braves player to be enshrined in Cooperstown.
The Braves play their Spring Training in the Grapefruit League out of Champion Stadium, a 9,500-capacity park in Lake Buena Vista at Walt Disney World. The team's Minor League Baseball affiliates are the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves, Double-A Mississippi Braves, Advanced-A Lynchburg Hillcats, Class-A Rome Braves and rookie-league Danville Braves, Dominican Summer League Braves and Gulf Coast League Braves.
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