Sunday, June 12, 2011

Baseball Tidbit: The Braves Are 1 Game Over .500

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The red-hot Atlanta Braves (38-28) are on a roll. They have a 6-game winning streak and have won 8 out of their last 10 games and are only 2 games back of the first-place Philadelphia Phillies (40-26) in the NL East.

So why am I saying they are only 1 game over .500 when they are clearly 10 games over .500?

Well, what I'm actually saying is the Braves franchise is 1 game over .500. Yes, IT'S OFFICIAL, the franchise FINALLY has an all-time winning record. They are now, drum roll please, 9983-9982 in their 140 year history.

For the record, the Braves are the oldest continuously playing team in American professional sports and are one of the National League's (1876-present) two remaining charter franchises along with the Chicago Cubs. They were founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings.

For the sake of curiosity, here's how we got from the Boston Red Stockings to the Atlanta Braves. Please bear with me: The Atlanta Braves (1966-present) used to be the Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) who used to be the Boston Braves (1941-1952) who used to be the Boston Bees (1936-1940) who used to be the Boston Braves (1912-1935) who used to be the Boston Rustlers (1911) who used to be the Boston Doves (1907-1910) who used to be the Boston Beaneaters (1883-1906) who used to be the Boston Red Caps (1876-1882) who used to be the Boston Red Stockings (1871-1876). GOT IT?

CONGRATS Braves franchise on your all-time winning record.

1874 Boston Red Stockings - click image to view larger
For the record, Al Spalding was 52-16 with a 1.92 ERA for the 1874 team. Yes, that's correct, 52-16. So I guess we can say that great pitching has always been a part of the franchise's culture. Spalding would retire in 1877 at the age of 26 and go on to have "pretty good" success in the sporting goods industry.

And I mean "PRETTY GOOD"!

Stats courtesy of and Wikipedia.

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