I think most would agree that, of all Braves blogs, the Office has the keenest sense of the team’s history. But we blew it last week in our post about Furman Bisher’s death when we neglected to mention the pivotal role he played in bringing the Braves to Atlanta. Sure, the city’s size and status as a regional capital would’ve guaranteed major league baseball here at some point, but without the yeoman efforts of Bisher, Mayor Ivan Allen and C&S Bank President Mills B. Lane we’d be cheering the Atlanta Senators or some expansion franchise.
Bisher’s funeral was held the other day and I’m told the Braves didn’t bother to send a representative. Not one. Even the Hawks sent someone and Bisher hardly ever wrote about basketball.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. A few years back CD chimed in on this very topic after attending “Sid and Frankie Day” at the old ballyard-turned-parking lot:
I’m probably naïve to think so, but it would seem that at least a flak from the Braves could walk across the street to have a slice of pizza and cake with people who care so much about the team that they’re hanging out in the middle of a parking lot at lunch hour on a Friday to watch a tape of a 13-year-old ball game. …
Let some corporate sponsor stroll by with a big check and the Braves brass will escort them to the Turner Field mound to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day. That’s not hyperbole. Sadly, that’s who actually throws out the ceremonial pitch at a lot of signature games at Turner Field – not Henry Aaron or Phil Niekro or Dale Murphy or a charter member of the 400 Club, but some regional VP for Wachovia or Kroger.
That’s what you get with corporate ownership. Liberty hasn’t wrecked the franchise or imposed wholly unreasonable salary caps. They just don’t seem to give a shit.
- ‘The man who watched Cy Young pitch, Joe Louis box …’ (atlmalcontent.wordpress.com)