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The early Boston National League clubs wore only the city's name or an old English B on their jerseys and went by the name Boston Nationals. In 1901, the Nationals began wearing BOSTON across their chest. However, the newly-formed Boston Americans franchise also placed BOSTON across their chests and used a similar style cap that the Nationals were using. This created identity conflicts over the course of the next few years. The Nationals changed their nickname several times and used the Old English B to distinguish themselves from the Americans. It was in 1912, that a uniform change signified the birth of the Braves organization and the separation from the crosstown Red Sox.

1914 Boston Braves

The block-lettered BOSTON returned to the uniforms and a small Indian head profile was added to the sleeve. The Indian head was added to the sleeve as a symbol to the team's new nickname, the Braves. During this period, pinstripes were present on road uniforms and a red block capital B appeared on the left breast of the home jerseys. After a miraculous 1914 World Series victory over the Philadelphia Athletics, the team placed a red Indian head profile on both home and road uniforms. The symbol was reminiscent of an oversized Indian head penny. In 1921, the round emblem was replaced with a fancy capital B, reminiscent of the Brooklyn Braves. The road uniforms in 1925 were the first to bear the Braves name across the chest of the players.


At this time, the league had not yet adopted the rule that required numbers on the backs of the jerseys. The 1929 uniforms bore a large Indian head on the backs of each jersey. By 1935, standardized numbers were now required on the back of each jersey and the Indian head was transplanted to the sleeve. The 1935 uniform, the last one Babe Ruth wore as a player, was a highly photographed and recognizable uniform.


The team changed direction and became known as the Bees. With this, the team made royal blue and gold the new trim colors and put BOSTON back on the shirts for the first time since 1912. In 1939, the gold and blue were pushed aside for the return of red and navy. In 1940, the Old English B once again appeared on the home jerseys. By 1945, the Bees name was slipping and the organization became the Braves once again, with the unveiling of their home uniforms that had BRAVES across the chest.

1946 Braves Uniform

The next set of uniforms had an overabundance of red and navy along with a new slanted script version of BRAVES across the front. In addition, the fronts of the uniforms now had a tomahawk, that became destined to stay on the uniforms after the organization won the 1948 pennant. A unique uniform during this time was a satin uniform that was designed specifically for night games.

1948 Braves Uniform

The special satin uniforms made their debut on May 11, 1946, in front of a crowd of 37,407, the largest at Braves Field in 13 years. The uniforms were designed to reflect the artificial light during the games. By 1953, there was no longer a need for two teams to reside in Boston, so the Braves packed their bags and moved to Milwaukee.

1963 Braves Uniform

With this, the white B on the cap became an M and uniform numbers were added to the front of the jersey. The team found some success with its tomahawk jerseys in the early Milwaukee years. However, by 1963, the tomahawk was removed and not long after, the team moved to Atlanta.

1972 Braves Uniform

Now the script A replaced the M on the caps and the uniforms remained the same until 1969 when the uniforms took on a very conservative look. However, by 1972, the Braves incorporated a non-traditional two-tone pullover jersey that had a feather design blended into each sleeve. The Braves script now once again stood above the numbers on the jersey. This was the jersey Hank Aaron was wearing when he hit his 715th career home run on April 8, 1974.

1981 Braves Uniform

In 1976, Ted Turner's America's team took on that look with uniforms that were heavily red, white and blue. In addition, for the first time, Atlanta was placed on the road jerseys. In 1980, the powder blue uniforms were introduced and in 1982 the enlarged lowercase "a" in Atlanta became a capital A again.

1987 Braves Uniform

In 1987, the organization decided to return to the button-down jerseys, separate belts and gray uniforms on the road. In addition, the club brought back the tomahawk and put it on the front of the jerseys. Ironically, a few years after the tomahawk returned for the first time since 1963, the club began winning and eventually became the winningest team in the 1990s.