Braves Baseball is Back!

Spring means baseball for some, and new cars for others. If the warmer temperatures of the season have you thinking about cars, come on down to Newnan and visit Southtowne Motors.

We thought it might be fun to take a look back at some little known history of our Atlanta Braves franchise, and relive some great memories.

The Braves trace their roots to an early baseball club located in Boston, who started out as The Redlegs in 1876. To avoid confusion with the Cincinnati baseball team, the Boston team was renamed in 1883 as the Beaneaters. The Beaneater name was thought to have a better tie-in with the Boston Community. In 1907, the Beaneaters briefly became the Doves after their new owners, a couple of brothers with the last name of Dovey. Finally, in 1912, the name was changed to The Braves.

Those early Boston Braves teams had some legendary players come on and off their rosters. Jim Thorpe played for the Braves in 1919, Rogers Hornsby and George Sisler played for them in 1928 and even Babe Ruth finished his career with the Braves in 1935. Then came another name change.

The franchise became the Bees in 1935 and kept the Bees name for 5 years before going back to the Braves moniker. In 1952, the Braves played their last game in Boston and in 1953 started play as the Milwaukee Braves. The Braves played 12 seasons in Milwaukee before coming to Atlanta for the 1966 season.

Those first years here in Atlanta featured some great and colorful players. Of course, there was the legendary “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron but those years also gave us Phil Niekro and Rico Carty. The year 1974, of course, was the year Aaron broke the all-time homerun record, hitting number 715.

In 1977, Ted Turner actually became manager of the team after a 17 game losing streak. Turner lost the only game he managed as baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn sent him back to the owner’s box.

The 80’s featured players like Bob Horner and Dale Murphy.

In 1991, the Braves went from worst to first, making it to the World Series just one year after having baseball’s worst record. It was the start of a golden era for Braves baseball. Another colorful player, “Neon” Deion Sanders, helped lead the club to a second consecutive World Series appearance in 1992. It was in 1995 that the Braves earned the name “Team of the 1990’s” by winning the World Series. The amazing run by the Braves that included an astonishing 14 division titles ended in 2006.

It is just about time to once again “play ball” and welcome another season of Braves baseball. If spring has you thinking about Atlanta dealers that can provide a great selection with great deals, we welcome you to our Newnan Car Dealership.

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