THE TEAM: The Braves are the oldest continuously operated franchise in National League history and are one of just six Major League clubs with more than 10,000 victories—that’s more than the Boston Red Sox or the New York Yankees and nearly 1,000 more than the Philadelphia Phillies (though the Phils have lost 10,000-plus games). In baseball’s modern era the Braves franchise has won three World Series titles, 17 Pennants, and made 21 playoff appearances … not to mention an unprecedented run of 14 consecutive Division Titles and the team of the 1990s under the leadership of Bobby Cox. A virtual who’s who of Hall of Fame legends also claim the Braves as their home team: Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, Eddie Mathews, and Phil Niekro to name a few.
THE FORMAT: Atlanta Braves: An Interactive Guide to the World of Sports is composed of ten chapters, each offering numbered “mini-stories”—facts, anomalies, records, coincidences, and enthralling lore and trivia from Hall of Fame legends Aaron, Spahn, Mathews and Niekro to future Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Chipper Jones, to contemporary stars Brian McCann, Dan Uggla and Tim Hudson. Each chapter begins with an introduction that highlights the many exciting stories found in these pages such as the “Worst-to-First” 1991 Braves, the legendary career of Manager Bobby Cox, the unprecedented Cy Young success for the Braves during the 1990s, the team’s greatest sluggers, and the greatest feats and most astounding records in franchise history.
SPORTS BY THE NUMBERS books are not just for diehard sports fans, but for every fan and sports history reader who loves sports and wants to know more about their heroes and favorite teams—and this title is the definitive source for history and trivia on your Atlanta Braves.
“The Braves have a storied and interesting history and I am honored to be a small part of it. Tucker Elliot has captured that history in a way that is both educational and fun at the same time. Atlanta Braves: An Interactive Guide to the World of Sports is not only for those who are Braves fans, but it is also a book for anyone who loves the game of baseball.”
– Dale Murphy, 1982 & 1983 National League MVP
“I grew up watching the Braves and Dale Murphy was my all-time favorite player, however … the Braves actually were not my favorite team. After reading Atlanta Braves: An Interactive Guide to the World of Sports, I might reconsider my ‘favorite team status.’ It’s full of entertaining and informative trivia and history, and if you’re like me, you’ll have a hard time finding a stopping point as you read through one entry after another.”
– Zac Robinson, author From the Fields to the Garden: The Life of Stitch Duran
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