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Nicknames couldn’t save the ’76 Braves

November 6, 2012 // 2 Comments

Leave it to Ted Turner to attempt to profit from nicknames. The erstwhile tycoon probably needed the dough, having just purchased the laughingstock of the NL, fresh off a 67-win season. The ’75 Braves weren’t just bad, they were boring, drawing only 534, 672 fans . Ted made a big splash [...]

Royster, are you effing retarded!?!

June 15, 2012 // 2 Comments

What might’ve been (from a 1983 SI profile of Hubie Brown): Brown was such a dazzling success with the Hawks that at one point Turner tried to persuade him to manage his Atlanta Braves. Brown almost went for it, but eventually decided the scheme was too crazy to work. [...]

Remembrance of offseasons past

November 15, 2011 // 11 Comments

Ted Turner had a dilemma. The new owner of the Braves had crafted a man of the people image that made him more popular than the team he owned. But he was also a yachtsman who was afraid his participation in the America’s Cup, scheduled smack dab in the middle of baseball season, might alter [...]

Chuck Tanner and the Braves

February 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

Good stuff from The Hardball Times’ Chris Jaffe concerning Chuck Tanner and the Bravos. 1. He hit a homer in his first plate appearance. First pitch, actually. Yeah, that’s a nice way to start a career. On April 12, 1955, Braves manager Charlie Grimm called on Tanner to pinch-hit for Warren [...]

Cheaper than Dan Uggla

January 6, 2011 // 3 Comments

Thirty-five years ago to the day, Ted Turner bought the Braves for $10 million. I can just see opening day,” exulted Ted Turner as he strode onto the field at Atlanta Stadium. “We’re going to have a TV camera panning the entire stadium. The crowd is going to be singing Take Me Out [...]

I’m an idiot, baby, heeeey!

August 9, 2010 // 5 Comments

The other day CD overheard sports talk dinosaur Beau Bock wonder on air how anyone could find fault with the greatest sports owner this town has ever had: Arthur Blank. What about Ted Turner? “He hired Bobby Cox.” End of argument, at least in Beau’s feeble mind. The logical [...]

‘Buddy Jay, are you effing retarded!?!’

June 18, 2010 // 3 Comments

What might have been: [Hubie] Brown was such a dazzling success with the Hawks that at one point Turner tried to persuade him to manage his Atlanta Braves. Brown almost went for it, but eventually decided the scheme was too crazy to [...]

Saturday in the park

August 2, 2009 // 20 Comments

First off, kudos to the organist for playing “With a Little Help From My Friends” when M. Ramirez came to the plate. You know, I get high with a little help from my friends. Hah. Roidmirez. It was a fine afternoon all around. Had my first game experience in the 755 Club. We dined [...]

Channel 17

April 11, 2009 // 2 Comments

Thirty three years ago today, reserve clause killer Andy Messersmith inked a three-year, $1.75 million deal with the Bravos. “I signed a piece of paper,” said Ted. “He will be in uniform tonight.” Messersmith was assigned number 17. Ted, sensing a promotional opportunity, [...]

Ted the Skipper

November 19, 2008 // 0 Comments

Remembering the night Ted managed the Braves: “I’m getting tired of people saying ‘Why are the Braves losing?'” Turner said. “I’m getting tired of answering, ‘Injuries.’ I want to see for myself what is wrong. I’ve been in the front office for [...]
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