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BRAVES TIMELINE
1876-1952 | 1953-1965 | 1966-1986 | 1987-Present
Timeline 1966-1986
   
Stars like Dale Murphy and Bob Horner helped the '80s Braves become known as America’s Team. Owner Ted Turner dressed the team in red, white and blue to highlight this fact.
1966  - The Braves and Pirates debuted Major League Baseball's first season in Atlanta on April 12, with Pittsburgh winning, 3-2, in 13 innings. Atlanta was fifth in its initial season, but Aaron hit 44 homers and had 127 RBI to lead the league.
1969  - The Braves marked the first year of division play by winning the West. The Braves were fifth place on Aug. 19, but outplayed San Francisco and Cincinnati down the stretch to win the division. Phil Niekro won 23 games, while Aaron slugged 44 homers and knocked in 97 runs. The Braves lost to the Miracle Mets in the playoffs, three games to none.
1970  - Rico Carty won the batting title with a .366 average, and Hank Aaron recorded his 3,000th career hit.
1971  - Aaron hit his 600th career homer, this one in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium off the Giants' Gaylord Perry. After hitting an Atlanta rookie record 33 homers, Earl Williams is named Rookie of the Year.
1972  - Manager Luman Harris was replaced during the season by future Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews. The Braves hosted the All-Star Game.
1973  - The Braves produced three hitters who belted 40 or more home runs, Dave Johnson (43), Darrell Evans (41) and Hank Aaron (40). Phil Niekro no-hit the Padres, winning 9-0.
1974  - Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth the first time he swung the bat, connecting on April 4, off Cincinnati's Jack Billingham. Four days later he broke the record with No. 715 against Dodgers' lefty Al Downing. Ralph Garr led the league in hitting with a .353 average, and Buzz Capra was the ERA leader with his 2.28 mark.
1975  - The season was comparatively uneventful, but in January of the off-season it became official that television magnate Ted Turner purchased the club.
1976  - The Braves shook the baseball world by signing pitcher Andy Messersmith, who during the off-season won his free agency in court.
1977  - Ted Turner decided to become team manager during a 17-game losing streak. He lost to Pittsburgh, 2-1 at the Pirates' Three Rivers Stadium. Turner's tenure in the dugout lasted only one game as Commissioner Bowie Kuhn banished him upstairs.
1978  - Bob Horner, the nation's No. 1 draft choice, signed with the Braves and made the jump from the Arizona State campus to the majors and won the Rookie-of-the-Year award.
1982  - Dale Murphy, winning the first of two consecutive MVP awards, paced the Braves to a West Division title by hitting 36 homers and knocking in 109 runs. The Braves set a then-Major League record by winning their first 13 games. They lost to the Cardinals in the League Championship Series. Hank Aaron was elected to the Hall of Fame.
1986  - Bob Horner hit four homers in an 11-8 loss to Montreal, July 6.
1876-1952 | 1953-1965 | 1966-1986 | 1987-Present