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BRAVES TIMELINE
1876-1952 | 1953-1965 | 1966-1986 | 1987-Present
Timeline 1876-1952
   
The 1914 Boston Braves were truly miraculous. After winning just four of their first 22 games, they rebounded to capture the organization’s first World Series, completing a sweep of the Philadelphia Athletics at South End Grounds.
1876  - When the National Association folded, the Red Stockings joined the National League. On April 22, 1876, they played in the very first National League game, scoring two runs in the ninth inning to beat the homestanding Philadelphia Athletics, 6-5, before a crowd of 3,000.
1878  - The Red Stockings win a second consecutive NL pennant with a 41-19 record, despite hitting just .241 as a team. Tommy Bond started 59 of the team's 60 games and won 40 for the second year in a row.
1883  - The Braves become known as the Beaneaters to tie their identity to Boston and avoid confusion with the Cincinnati Reds of the American Association. The teams wins the NL once again.
1887  - After several years of lackluster performances, the Beaneaters acquire Mike "King" Kelly, the Babe Ruth of the 19th century and unquestionably the most popular player of his day. Kelly's salary of $10,000 stunned the world.
1891  - The Beaneaters win 18 in a row and 23 of their last 30 to go 87-51 and win the NL pennant. Chicago, which came in second, protested that the Eastern teams helped Boston win, but on Nov. 11, the league ruled that the pennant belonged to the Beaneaters, the first of several in the decade.
1903-12  - A long pennant drought for the Beaneaters, the team finishes no better than sixth for ten seasons. The 1906 team lost a franchise-record 19 in a row. In 1907, the team changed names; the Beaneaters become known as the Doves, after the new owners, the Dovey brothers. In 1912, the team acquires the nickname Braves for the first time at the suggestion of Johnny Montgomery Ward.
1914  - The Braves completed their miracle finish by coming from last on July 18 to win the N.L. pennant. The cold start (4-18) was matched by the blazing finish, (51-16). The Braves then swept four from heavily favored Philadelphia to win the World Series. Johnny Evers, who won the MVP award, Rabbit Maranville and Bill James led the team.
1916  - The Braves are sold by James Gaffney to a Boston syndicate for $500,000. The team finishes third.
1919  - Jim Thorpe, the world's greatest athlete, joins the Braves, but the team finishes a distant sixth. George Washington Grant buys the team.
1928  - Rogers Hornsby, playing for his third team in three years, hit .387 for the Braves and easily won the N.L. batting title. Hall of Famer George Sisler also contributed, hitting .340, but the Braves struggled to a 50-103 record and a seventh place finish.
1935  - Babe Ruth finished his career in a Braves uniform. Ruth homered in his first N.L. at-bat, off Carl Hubbell, but batted only .181 and, after seven more homers for a career total of 714, removed himself from the lineup in June and officially retired as a player. The team finished 38-115.
1936  - The Braves' name was changed to the Bees as a result of a fan poll. Braves Field was renamed National League Park and was also called the Beehive. Five years later the club readopted the nickname Braves.
1948  - This is the year that produced the phrase "Spahn and Sain and two days of rain" as Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain combined for 39 wins. Sain had a league-high 24 as the Braves won the pennant but lost to Cleveland in the World Series. Al Dark batted .322 to lead the Braves in the regular season while winning the Rookie-of-the-Year award.
1952  - Eddie Mathews became the first rookie in major league history to hit three home runs in a game, accomplishing it on September 27, during the Braves' final win in Boston.
1876-1952 | 1953-1965 | 1966-1986 | 1987-Present