Braves team holds a record for the most consecutive playoff
visits in any professional sport. Since 1991—with
the exception of 1994, when the season was shortened due
to a strike—the Braves have appeared in postseason
competition every year, taking five pennants and the 1995
have a long history of great teams and championship play.
In fact, the team is renowned as not only the longest
continuously operating team in Major League baseball,
but of any professional sport in the U.S. The team began
in 1871, as the Boston Red Stockings. The team started
strong, and of the first eight pennants ever won in professional
baseball, Boston took six. The team changed names, to
Red Caps and then to Beaneaters, but they continued to
win, taking two more pennants along the way.
to Doves, to Rustlers, then to Braves, no matter what
the name, the team was popular with fans, who snapped
up baseball tickets by the thousands to watch the team
even during a decade-long slump. The Braves came roaring
back in 1914. That team is still known as the “Miracle
Braves” for an outstanding season that ended in
a World Series win. Everything went downhill the next
year. 1915 was the beginning of an incredible drought,
when the club failed to make the playoffs for 32 years.
Though the team finally took another pennant in 1948,
the fans had had enough. Support dwindled until the franchise
left Boston and took up residence in Milwaukee in 1953.
sold like hotcakes with the move to Milwaukee. The team
was loved in its new home, and returned the love by taking
two pennants and the 1957 World Series. After a few poor
seasons, though, the fans lost interest in the team, and
in 1966, the beleaguered Braves were welcomed to another
new home, Atlanta.
In the 1970s
and 1980s, though the team managed two pennants during
this time, fans hung on through stretches of losing seasons
to see baseball greats such as Hank Aaron and Dale Murphy
play. Then the 1990s arrived, and suddenly, the team turned
Braves played at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium until after
the 1996 Olympics. When the games were over, the stadium
was remodeled into an open-air baseball park, and named
for the team owner. Turner Stadium has been the home of
the Braves since, selling Braves tickets to huge crowds
as fans come out to watch one of the greatest teams in
Major League baseball.