101 Reasons to Love the Braves
by Ron Green Sr.
Hardcover from Stewart, Tabori & Chang
No team in the history of Major League Baseball has ever had a run of sustained success equal to the Atlanta Braves. For fourteen consecutive seasons--from 1991 through 2005--the Braves won the National League East title, a testimony to the franchise's rock-solid foundation. The names have become a part of baseball lore: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Bobby Cox, and Chipper Jones, among them.
The Braves are the only franchise to have won a World Series representing three different cities--Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta. It is the franchise of Hank Aaron, baseball's all-time home run leader and one of the game's icons. It is also the franchise that gave us Warren Spahn, Dale Murphy, and former owner Ted Turner, who transformed the sport when he made the Braves America's baseball team through cable television. Filled with stunning historical and contemporary photographs, along with humorous trivia and plenty of statistics for die-hard fans, 101 Reasons to Love the Braves is the perfect book for any fan of the Atlanta Braves.
Atlanta Braves IQ: The Ultimate Test of True Fandom
by Tucker Elliot
Paperback from CreateSpace
Think you know Braves baseball? Think again. In this brand new book in the IQ Sports Series find out how smart you really are about the Atlanta Braves. Are you a rookie? Are you a tested, hardcore veteran? Or will you be clearing waivers for your pending release halfway through the book? We'll let you know. Test your skills. Wrack your brain. It's the ultimate Atlanta Braves IQ test. "There are just two Hall of Famers who really know the Braves road from Boston to Milwaukee to Atlanta - Eddie Mathews and Braves IQ! This book will determine if you can win fourteen-straight division titles or if you will get lost trying to get off I-285. If you're a Braves fan or you know a Braves fan, this is a must-have." - Dr. Keith Gaddie, award-winning broadcast journalist and author of University of Georgia Football: An Interactive Guide to the World of Sports
Of Mikes and Men: A Lifetime of Braves Baseball
by Pete Van Wieren, Jack Wilkinson
Hardcover from Triumph Books
As a boy growing up in upstate New York, Pete Van Wieren dreamed of becoming the play-by-play voice of his hometown heroes, the Triple A Rochester Red Wings. Instead, he found big-league broadcast heaven in Atlanta. In 1976, Van Wieren and another young broadcaster named Skip Caray, son of the legendary Harry Caray, were hired to call Atlanta Braves games. Over the next three decades, they were the voices of America's Team, as the Braves became known thanks to Ted Turner's TBS superstation. For 33 seasons, Van Wieren - nicknamed "the Professor" for his scholarly approach to baseball and resemblance to a college professor - saw it all and called it all, including mercurial owner Ted Turner's one-game stint as the Braves' manager in 1976. And then, in the midst of 15 seasons of mostly awful and often hilariously inept baseball, came the Miracle of 1991, when the Braves went from worst to first, captured Atlanta's heart, and nearly won one of the greatest World Series ever played.
In the Time of Bobby Cox: The Atlanta Braves, Their Manager, My Couch, Two Decades, and Me
by Lang Whitaker
Hardcover from Scribner
Bobby Cox has now hung up his spikes, leaving behind an unparalleled tenure as one of the most successful managers of all time. Known throughout baseball as a player's manager, the legendary skipper has endeared himself to all who love the game. His constancy has been an anomaly in this fickle sports era, and In the Time of Bobby Cox is Lang Whitaker's heartfelt exploration of the lessons he's learned sitting at the master's side . . . or, more accurately, sitting on his couch in front of the television.
The number of players who've hit the field for Cox is astonishing--and this book includes a list. From David Justice to Greg Maddux to Chipper Jones to Jason Heyward, Cox managed every kind of player, and almost always got the most out of each one. He did it with patience, persistence, and faith. He did it by adapting, communicating, and, more often than any other manager, getting himself ejected. Whitaker didn't think much of it at first, but, as the years rolled by, he realized he'd learned at least as much from Cox as players such as Andruw Jones had.
In the tradition of Frederick Exley's 1968 classic, A Fan's Notes, and Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch, sports commentator, editor, columnist, and blogger Lang Whitaker weaves memoir with his obsessive super-fandom, providing the perfect blend of sports, humor, and insight for Braves fans and for everyone who enjoys America's favorite pastime.
Game of My Life: Atlanta Braves
by Jack Wilkinson
Hardcover from Sports Publishing LLC
Theirs was a prolonged run of excellence like none other in sports history. From 1991 through 2005, the Atlanta Braves won 14 consecutive division championships, a streak no team in professional sports has ever come close to approaching. Not the New York Yankees or the old Boston Celtics. Not Lombardi's Green Bay Packers or Montreal's flying French Canadiens. Beginning with the unexpected worst-to-first miracle of 1991, the Braves commenced an era of sustained dominance that Major League Baseball never saw coming.
Which was more out of the blue? The wondrous run to the '91 pennant, set to the beat of the Tomahawk Chop that become an electrified city's mantra? Or Francisco Cabrera's two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning in the '92 NLCS that broke Pittsburgh's heart and returned the Braves to the World Series? It's all here, as well as the memorable pennant chase of '93 and Atlanta's first world championship in 1995.
Captured within these pages are those memories, retold by the players who delivered the Braves to the pinnacle of pro sports, including David Justice, Terry Pendleton, Ron Gant, Lonnie Smith, Jeff Blauser, Greg Olson, and Tom Glavine. But also chronicled in Game of My Life: Atlanta Braves are the franchise's many dark years of mediocrity that set up such a magical run. Dating back to the Braves' move from Milwaukee, this book will catch up with Braves legends like Hank Aaron, Phil Niekro, Bob Horner, and Dale Murphy.
Each player within remembers his Braves career, and, more importantly, that single game that defined greatness for himself and his team. Wrapping things up, we'll also hear from "the Pope of pitching," Leo Mazzone, and two broadcasters with enough baseball under their belts to boast of entrance into the Braves Hall of Fame--Pete Van Wieren and Skip Caray. It all makes for a walk down memory lane that no fan of the Braves will want to miss.
None but the Braves: A Pitcher, a Team, a Champion
by Tom Glavine
Hardcover from HarperCollins
Media Published: 1996-
In a city that had almost given up on the idea of a world championship, pitcher Tom Glavine turned dreams into reality when he pitched one of the greatest games in World Series History. The 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians in game six of the 1995 World Series clinched Atlanta's first world championship and made Glavine a hero.
In None But the Braves, Glavine tells the story that led up to this moment of glory, giving readers an insight into what it takes to build a championship team. As the winningest pitcher in baseball in the last five years, he also describes what makes an exceptional pitching staff. He offers an in-depth look at many of the personalities on the team, including Greg Maddux, his fellow pitcher and four-time Cy Young award-winner; former teammate Deion Sanders; and, of course, owner Ted Turner. He also tells his own story from growing up in a working-class family, pushing himself to succeed and his decision to turn down a chance to play pro hockey, opting for baseball instead.
Fans of the Braves, and of baseball, will love Glavine's book. It is filled with all the drama and inspiration that make the game America's passion.
100 Things Braves Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
by Jack Wilkinson
Paperback from Triumph Books
Most Atlanta Braves fans have taken in a game or two at Turner Field, have seen highlights of a young Henry Aaron, and have heard the story of the 1941 Miracle Braves. But only real fans have traveled to Virginia to watch the Lynchburg Hillcats, can recall all 14 of the franchise s no-hitters, and can tell you the only man to play for the Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta Braves.
100 Things Braves Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the ultimate resource guide for true fans of the Atlanta Braves. Whether you re a die-hard booster from the days of Eddie Mathews or a recent supporter of Chipper Jones and Jason Heyward, these are the 100 things all fans need to know and do in their lifetime. Veteran sportswriter Jack Wilkinson has collected every essential piece of Braves knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, and ranks them all from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist as you progress on your way to fan superstardom.
The Story of the Atlanta Braves (Baseball: The Great American Game)
by Michael E. Goodman
Library Binding from Creative Education
A team history of an old and traveled baseball team, whose early winning record has never been topped. Highlights former and present players such as Hank Aaron and Dale Murphy.
The Braves Encyclopedia (Baseball Encyclopedias of North America)
Braves Encyclopedia (Baseball Encyclopedias Of Nort)
by Gary Caruso
Hardcover from Temple University Press
1996 marked the 125th season of the oldest continuously operating professional sports franchise in America: the Atlanta Braves. This comprehensive reference begins with the team's birth in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings, and follows them to Milwaukee in 1953 and to Atlanta in 1966, playing under such a variety of names as Beaneaters, Doves, Rustlers, Braves, Bees, and back to the Braves. Because of this transient past, much of the franchise's history has been misplaced over the years until now. Beloved not only by their tomahawk-chopping local fans but by baseball fans everywhere, the Braves have become one of today's most successful sports organizations. The "Braves Encyclopedia" brings it all together. It includes: 150 player profiles from Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Warren Spahn, and Eddie Matthews to all-time greats Dale Murphy, Phil Niekro, and Terry Pendleton to today's stars like David Justice, Greg Maddux, and Steve Avery; 600 photographs of players, game highlights, and memorabilia; extensive statistics, including box scores, team and individual records, and trades; season-by-season descriptions bring to life the great moments, the World Series championships, the managerial strategies, the personalities, and the milestones; a comprehensive history of the ballparks; and a wealth of little-known facts and surprising anecdotes. Gary Caruso is the editor of "Chop Talk", a monthly magazine covering the Atlanta Braves. As a sports reporter for nearly 25 years, he has written for the "Atlanta Journal", has been executive sports editor of the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution", and a senior editor and writer for "The National Sports Daily".
by Gary Caruso
Turner Field: Rarest of Diamonds
by Gary Caruso, et al
The History of the Atlanta Braves (Baseball (Mankato, Minn.).)
by Wayne Stewart
Atlanta Braves (America's Game)
by Chris W. Sehnert (School & Library Binding)
Encore!: The Inside Story of the Atlanta Braves' Second Consecutive National League Championship
by I. J. Rosenberg
Greg Maddux: Pitching Ace (Baseball, the Atlanta Braves)
by Ted Cox
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Bravo!: The Inside Story of the Atlanta Braves' 1995 World Series Championship
by I. J. Rosenberg, Atlanta Journal Constitution (Photographer)
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