Pascual, the Padres, the Sourpuss and Smoltzie

August 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

Big day in Braves history. Thirty one years ago, the brawl to end all brawls went down on a Sunday afternoon in Fulco. It’s striking how many players from this game have passed away: Pascual, Alan Wiggins, Tony Gwynn, Donnie Moore, Rick Camp …The stars remain the fan in the yellow [...]

Rick Camp-aganza

July 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

My recollection for the local organ, a new long form piece worth your time and 19 things you may not now about July 4, 1985. Watch for Mets LF Danny Heep’s reaction when the ball clears the fence. Check out the banner at the 1:44 mark. Don’t forget the [...]

Letterman and the ‘Fat Tub of Goo’

May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Via SI: Letterman devoted the opening monologue on his June 17 late-night TV show to a weighty issue—Atlanta Braves relieverTerry Forster. “The fattest man in all of professional sports,” said Letterman, who had caught a Braves game on TV the previous weekend. “I mean the guy is a balloon. [...]

Geno vs. Rose

April 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

Pete Rose was very vocal about Geno striking him out with a change-up to end his hit streak at 44 games. But until I didn’t know that Rose tried to get on base via a bunt. In a 16-4 game. Not very manly of you, [...]

Remembering the April Fools Day Massacre

April 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Twenty nine years ago today new Braves GM Bobby Cox began what would be a painful five-year rebuilding project, releasing pitchers Rick Camp, Pascual Perez, Terry Forster and Len Barker. That same day fabled prospect Brad Komminsk, after two miserable seasons in the majors, was sent back to the [...]

Maybe Benedict or Claudell is your fave

January 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

A rundown of local sports teams and their novelty theme songs, a 1980s thing not restricted to Atlanta (Super Bowl Shuffle, anyone?) There’s Talkin’ Baseball (and the Braves), via The Baseball Attic, starting at the 3:42 mark; Atlanta’s Air Force, performed by another local relic, [...]

Previewing the ’85 #Braves

January 11, 2015 // 3 Comments

Pretend you’re a Braves fan in March 1985. You’re thrilled by the acquisition of free agent Bruce Sutter and hopeful new manager Eddie Haas will have the local nine playing smarter while developing promising talents like Brad Komminsk and Gerald Perry. A lot of people are predicting a [...]

‘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 [...]
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