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‘We gonna fight tonight’

October 9, 2014 // 13 Comments

From the Office vault:  I have to pass along this hilarious story I heard from a friend yesterday. I believe it to be on good authority. A lot of you probably remember the June 16, 1984 brawl ignited when Mario Soto repeatedly brushed back Claudell. Claudell tossed his bat toward the mound, [...]

WTBS (“We’re the Bomb Squad”)

September 30, 2014 // 2 Comments

Via the Associated Press: Atlanta`s `Bomb Squad` No Flop June 10, 1986 After a dismal season last year, a group of bench-warmers has Atlanta Braves fans talking about a pennant in 1986. Some fans at Braves` games carry posters that say, “I love the Bomb Squad,“ and wear old-fashioned [...]

Worst month for #Braves since 1990

September 22, 2014 // 2 Comments

The local nine have been outscored 85-40 in September and are poised to become the first Braves team in nearly a quarter century to give up twice as many runs in one month as they’ve scored. Two years removed from the franchise’s worst season in Atlanta, the 1990 Braves lost their [...]

Them was better times

September 17, 2014 // 1 Comment

Between the miserable end to the NL East division race and the groundbreaking for the Local Baseball  Concern’s Mixed-Use Stadium (which has Braves fans “overjoyed,” according to Terry McCorporate), I figure we could all use a flashback to better days. *I predicted Francisco [...]

Geno and Charlie, 36 years ago tonight

August 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Two days after losing 19-0 to the Expos, more than 31,000 fans showed up at Fulco to watch a Braves team that was 14 games under .500 play the Reds. One night earlier, a season-high 45,007 showed up at the House Ivan Allen Built.  The attraction: Pete Rose’s hitting streak, extended to 44 [...]

Greatest Brave of Them All Turning 80

February 1, 2014 // 4 Comments

Henry Louis Aaron turns 80 on Wednesday. Steve Hummer wrote a nice piece on ajc.com to mark the occasion. It’s not the definitive Aaron story, but it includes some good nuggets, including these: Note to the generations of fans who never witnessed Aaron in a uniform: He did more than hit a [...]

Ahead of their time

January 2, 2014 // 1 Comment

Next week the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets will wear jerseys featuring their nicknames. Cute, but hardly cutting edge, considering the Braves did the same thing, briefly, back in 1976. Pictured above, from L-to-R: Jerry Royster, Jim Wynn and Andy [...]

Cap du jour

November 6, 2013 // 5 Comments

I’m starting to feel old. Great to catch up with these former @Braves teammates..Gary Matthews and Jerry Royster! pic.twitter.com/41CYGdOd9V — Dale Murphy (@DaleMurphy3) November 7, [...]

The Bob Watson game, 30 years ago tonight

August 13, 2013 // 10 Comments

I was not among the 48,556 fans at Fulco on August 13, 1983, but I should’ve been. While my parents and a cousin enjoyed the best game of that season from field level seats behind first, I was participating in pious sing-a-longs. “God said, to No-ah, there’s gonna be a flood-y, [...]

July 4, 1985

July 4, 2013 // 3 Comments

It never gets old. The best thing about Camp’s HR, besides Danny Heep’s reaction, is  that it came on an 0-2 pitch. RIP Rick! That wasn’t the only memorable game played between the Braves and Mets in 1985 (actually the second clip comes from [...]

The golden anniversary of the greatest game ever pitched

July 2, 2013 // 2 Comments

Thanks to Chris Jaffe at Hardball Times for reminding me today is the 50th anniversary of the epic mound duel between Warren Spahn and Juan Marichal. (excerpted from a 2011 Office remembrance)  262. That’s how many pitches were thrown by 42-year-old Warren Spahn 48 years ago today. On [...]

The streakiest Braves team

June 9, 2013 // 1 Comment

The 2013 Braves are a much more talented version of the ’80 squad, the streakiest Braves team of them all. Despite coming off yet another last-place finish, there was reason for optimism entering the season, Bobby’s third as Braves manager. Oft-maligned GM John Mullen had pulled off [...]

Meep meep!

June 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Last night John Mayberry Jr. became only the fifth big leaguer t o hit 2 homers in extra innings. Ralph Garr did it for the Braves on May 17, 1971, with the first homer coming in the 10th off Tom Seaver with 2 outs and the   good guys trailing 3-2. Two innings later, with the game still tied at 3, [...]

39 years ago tonight

June 4, 2013 // 2 Comments

A 10-cent mistake at the Mistake by the Lake:  June 4, 1974 Aided by a poorly-considered purchase limit of six cups of beer at a time, many fans were already inebriated prior to first pitch, and a circus-like atmosphere prevailed. In the second inning, a woman jumped into the Indians’ on-deck [...]
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