The history of the Atlanta Braves can be traced back to the 1870s. Originally, the baseball team was called Cincinnati Red Stockings before moving to Boston. It operated in the Massachusetts capital until the early 1950s. In 1966, it moved again to Atlanta in the US state of Georgia. The team is still based here today and plays games in the National League. The Atlanta Braves are the newly crowned National Champions and will attempt to defend their title in the 2022 season.
From Milwaukee to Atlanta
The Braves name affiliation is a tradition. Before the move, the Atlanta Braves already played under the names Milwaukee Braves and Boston Braves. It was obvious to continue this name in Atlanta, so that past successes would not be forgotten.
The team was also quick to catch on in Atlanta from an athletic standpoint. In 1969, the Atlanta Braves reached the postseason in just their fourth season by winning the National League Western Division. There, however, they were defeated by the New York Mets 0-3 in the series. It would be 25 years before the Atlanta Braves won their first postseason game. This was followed by their first title win in the series.
The win over the Pittsburgh Pirates not only sent the Atlanta Braves to the 1991 World Series, but kicked off the most successful decade in franchise history.
Although they lost their first World Series appearance 3-4 to the Minnesota Twins, they qualified to play again the very next season. But also in 1992 they were defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays after six games. It wasn't until their third attempt in 1995 that they were able to win the title.
Led by strong pitching from Braves legend Greg Maddux, Mark Wohlers and Greg McMichael, the Atlanta Braves defeated the Cleveland team 4-2 in the series to bring the trophy to Georgia for the first time ever.
Atlanta Braves dominate National League
The National League remained Braves Country, because with the title in the luggage the Atlanta Braves reached as reigning champions 1996 again the World Series. There, they met their little brother. While the Braves dominated the National League in the '90s, the Yankees took over that part in the American League starting in the mid-'90s. In the clash, the Atlanta Braves came up short - despite a strong performance by John Smoltz. Despite this defeat, their record is impressive: they are serial winners of the National League Eastern Division from 1995 to 2005. Four times they took part in the World Series, and once they walked off the field as winners.
It would be 21 years before the National League representative in the World Series came from Atlanta again. Despite injuries and other obstacles, the Atlanta Braves defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Oct. 23 to secure their spot.
There, it came to the first World Series clash between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros. The final score was 4-2 in favor of the Braves, who thus ascended the baseball throne in 2021.
The World Series game was not only a first for the players, but also for Truist Park, the Atlanta Braves' home ballpark.
Opened in 2017, in the city of Cumberland just outside Atlanta, the venue seats approximately 41,000 spectators. A feature of this ball park is its slightly elevated location.
In addition, its exterior facade is very eye-catching: it is made of bricks, which are also meant to represent the Southern states. Already on the meandering road to the ball park, the Braves lettering catches your eye. This, paired with the tomahawk, serves as the primary logo and can be found on the jerseys. The curved A, typical for the Atlanta Braves, has also gained cult status outside of Atlanta. It is no longer worn only by the players, but by MLB fans worldwide.
The Atlanta Braves' farm system has produced numerous talented players for decades. With eight Rookie of the Year winners, they have the third-best record. The young talents are trained by the minor league teams Gwinnett Stripers, Mississippi Braves, Rome Braves and Augusta GreenJackets.