A Glance at Greatness: The Atlanta Braves' All-Time Team

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A Glance at Greatness: The Atlanta Braves' All-Time Team
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Team Name: Atlanta Braves

Year Established: 1871

City: Atlanta

Previous Cities: Boston (1871-1952) and Milwaukee (1953-1965)

Ballpark: Turner Field

Previous Nicknames: Red Stockings (1871-1875), Red Caps (1876-1882) Beaneaters (1883-1906), Doves (1907-1910), Rustlers (1911), and Bees (1936-1940)

League: National League

Division: NL East

Other Leagues: National Association (1871-1875)

Number of Playoff Appearances: 21

Number of Pennants: 17

World Series Titles: 1914, 1957, 1995

All-Time Team

Catcher: Del Crandall

First Base: Fred Tenney

Second Base: Bobby Lowe

Third Base: Chipper Jones

Shortstop: Rabbit Maranville

Outfield: Hank Aaron, Andruw Jones, Hugh Duffy

Pitchers: Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Phil Niekro, Warren Spahn, Kid Nichols

Bench: Eddie Matthews, Al Spalding, Dale Murphy

Manager: Bobby Cox

Recap

The easiest choices of this were the Hank Aaron, Bobby Cox, and the pitching staff.

I am a huge fan of pre-1900 baseball, and I had no idea that the Boston Red Stockings of the National Association were "related" to the Braves.

I tried to fit Al Splalding, who played for the Red Stockings, into the pitching staff, but I couldn't take anyone out. Luckily, Spalding was also a good hitter so I put him on the bench.

Bobby Lowe was a great player who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. He was the first player to hit four home runs in a game.

Chipper Jones is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Braves uniform. He will surely reach the Hall of Fame once his career's over.

Andruw Jones is another great player who had a great career in Atlanta, but once he left, his career went south.

The Atlanta All-Time team has the best pitching staff of the all-time teams. There hitting is good, but it wouldn't stand up to the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, or Philadelphia Phillies.

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