The Uniforms of the Atlanta Braves!

 

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Titled “Some Teams Are More Equal Than Others” and licensed by Major League Baseball, we present the uniforms history of the Atlanta Braves.

 

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Here then is the history of the Braves’ Uniforms …

 

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#1.

1901  The Atlanta Braves franchise was one of the original National League franchises from the National League’s first year - 1876. The franchise was then located in Boston, and the team was originally nicknamed the Red Caps. At some point in the 1880’s the team becomes known as the “Beaneaters”, and keeps that name to the end of the 1906 season. The team was then known as the Doves from 1907 until 1910, and the Rustlers for a year after that. They finally became the Braves after the 1911 season, named after their new owner James Gaffney, a Tammany Hall “Brave”.

The Braves played at Braves Field in Boston from 1915 until 1952 when then owner Lou Perini moved the team to Milwaukee.

This 1901 uniform is a Beaneaters’ home uniform. It was remarkably similar to the American League Boston Red Sox’ uniform of the time, and actually caused some confusion among fans as to which team was which - and the confusion lasted for several more years until the Red Sox changed their uniform design to differentiate themselves from the Braves. Notice the laced up collar on this jersey, something we associate more with hockey jerseys than baseball jerseys.    

#2A.

1914  This is a road uniform featuring red pinstripes on a gray uniform – an unusual combination. The Indian head on the left sleeve first appeared on the Braves 1912 uniform, the first year they were called ‘The Braves’.

The 1914 Braves were sometimes called “The Miracle Braves” because they rose from the ashes to win the National League Pennant. Although their team was stocked with “rejects”, they took the World Series in 4 straight games against Philadelphia’s “$100,000 Infield” of Stuffy McInnis, Eddie Collins, Jack Barry and “Home Run” Baker. The Braves’ had numerous heroes in the World Series - Hank Gowdy hit .545, Johnny Evers hit .438, pitcher Dick Rudolph won 2 of the 4 games with a 0.50 ERA and “Seattle Bill” James won the other two with a perfect 0.00 ERA.

The was to be the Braves first and only World Series victory in Boston - their next World Series victory was in 1957 by which time they had moved to Milwaukee and were known as the Milwaukee Braves. The Boston Braves only other World Series appearance was in 1948 when they lost to Bob Feller and the powerful Cleveland Indians.

#2B.

1918  This is a simple white home uniform with the Indian logo on the left breast. The Braves wore this style uniform from 1915 to 1920. This is a pullover style jersey, with a center belt loop, which allowed the belt buckle to be positioned off to one side. The players would wear their belts this way to prevent injury when sliding into a base.

#3.

1925  Notice the blue piping around the collar and down the front of this home jersey. The patch on the left sleeve celebrates the National Leagues 50th anniversary and features the words “Golden Jubilee”. There are belt tunnels instead of belt loops on the trousers. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the expression “belt tunnel”, it functions the same way as a belt loop, but it’s thicker, at least 4-6 inches long vs. a belt loop which might only be ½” wide.

#4A.

1929  This beautiful home uniform is highly unusual in that the team logo of an Indian head interrupts the team name on the front of the jersey. Notice also how the team colors went from red, white and blue to yellow and red.

#4B.

1939  Notice that the belt tunnels and belt loops on this home uniform are red, a somewhat unusual look. The patch on the left sleeve celebrates the “Centennial of Baseball” and was worn by all major league teams in 1939. The invention of baseball in 1839 by Abner Doubleday is a highly mythical story involving a farmer’s field in Cooperstown New York, and yet the myth still gets repeated even today. For more on this subject, please visit www.mrbaseball.com/history/doubleday.htm .

#5A.

1942  This is a departure from earlier Braves’ road uniforms. There are no logos, just the name of the city. If we could see the left shoulder we would see a “Health” patch.

During the Second World War, the question is raised, should able-bodied athletes of baseball be fighting for their country rather than playing baseball? Baseball Commissioner Landis asked President Franklin D. Roosevelt what to do - here is part of Roosevelt’s reply:

“I honestly feel it would be best for the country to keep baseball going. There will be fewer people unemployed and everybody will work longer hours and harder than ever before… Here is another way of looking at it - if 300 teams use 5,000 or 6,000 players, these players are a definite recreational asset to at least 20,000,000 of their fellow citizens - and that in my judgment is thoroughly worthwhile.”

Wartime sleeve patches were worn by all levels of professional baseball teams between 1942 and 1945. A “Health” patch was worn during the 1942 season (and on this jersey), part of a war-time health and fitness awareness campaign, and from 1943-1945 a “Stars and Stripes” was worn.
#5B.

This home jersey is remarkably similar to the jersey worn by the current Braves ball club. The “Braves” script and tomahawk, jersey piping and as the piping around the belt tunnels, remain pretty much the same today as in 1948.

 

This is a zippered jersey, a trend that took the world of professional baseball by storm. During the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s many teams used zippered jerseys instead of the more traditional button front jerseys, while a handful of teams wore them well into the 70’s and even the 80’s. The Reds, Yankees and A’s were one of three pre-1977 major league teams that never wore zippers. The 1937 Cubs were the first team to wear a zippered jersey, and as far we can tell the 1988 Phillies were the last to wear one.

 

The 1948 Braves made it all the way to the World Series, and won the first game of the series, but ended up losing to the Cleveland Indians 4 games to 2. The Braves had only 2 reliable starting pitchers, Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain, which lead to the saying “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain” as a reference to the fact that ideally the Braves could make do with just the two pitchers if they could squeeze in a rain day. But there were only clear skies over the World Series, and the Braves were defeated 4 games to 2. This was the Boston Braves’ only World Series appearance other than in 1914 when they won it all.

#6.

1957  This home jersey still features a zippered front. There is a new Indian head on the sleeve, a style that was worn from 1957 to1971. The Braves had abandoned Boston and had been playing in Milwaukee for 5 years at this point. The Braves left Boston for Milwaukee because of poor attendance in Boston, in large part due to the competition with the more popular American League Red Sox.

In 1957 the Milwaukee Braves faced the powerful Yankees in the World Series and won it 4 games to 3, winning the deciding game 5-0 right in Yankee Stadium. Pitching was the key to the Braves’ victory. Lew Burdette posted 3 victories and Warren Spahn, who started with the Braves in 1942, pitched a winner in game 4. Henry Aaron led all hitters in the 1957 World Series, going 11 for 28 for a sparkling .393 average. Aaron broke in with the Braves in 1954 when the team was already in Milwaukee, and stayed with the Braves franchise through the end of the 1974 season.

The following year, 1958, the Braves met the Yankees once again in the World Series, but the tables were reversed this time and the Braves lost 4 games to 3, with the deciding game being played in Milwaukee. This would be the Braves’ last appearance in the World Series until the 90’s, by which time they had long been in Atlanta.

Please note: Some versions of this poster do not have a jersey number on the front of the 1957 jersey - this was an oversight on our part and has been corrected in later versions of the poster. We’re sorry for the error.

#7.

1966  There’s still the “yelling brave” on the left sleeve of this road jersey, a logo that made its first appearance in 1957 and remained until 1971. This jersey is a more traditional style jersey, having abandoned the zippered front for the classic button front. 1966 was the Braves’ first year in their new home in Atlanta, after having been in Milwaukee for 13 seasons from 1953 - 1965.

#8.

1974  This home uniform is a radical departure from any Braves uniform we’ve seen previously. This is the double knit era of the 70’s and early 80’s that overwhelmed the world of baseball. The Braves retained some of their dignity, though, by not sacrificing the traditional belt for the “Sans-A-Belt” style of trousers worn by almost every other team. Notice the heavily stylized arrowhead on the sleeves of the jersey.

This season, 1974, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s all time Home Run record by hitting his 715th round-tripper. This would be Aaron’s 21st, and last, season with the Braves. The next two seasons he would move to the American League Milwaukee Brewers, and when all was said and done he had slugged a remarkable 755 home runs in his tremendous 23 year career.

#9.

1987  We’re finally out of the double knit era, thank goodness! This road uniform is remarkably similar to Braves’ uniforms from the late 40’s when the team was still in Boston, let alone Milwaukee. It’s wonderful to see the respect for the past - the piping, the cuffs, and the belt tunnels – even the style of script and underlying tomahawk are quite similar.

#10.

1995  There are two patches on this home jersey, one on each sleeve. On the right is a World Series patch, honoring the Braves’ appearance in the 1995 World Series against the Cleveland Indians - teams started wearing “World Series” patches in the early 90’s. On the left is an Atlanta Braves’ 30th anniversary patch celebrating the franchises’ 30 years in Atlanta.

1995 saw the Atlanta Braves win the World Series over the Indians 4 games to 2 for the franchise’s 3rd ever World Series Championship – and their first in Atlanta. The 1st  was in 1914 when the team was in Boston, the 2nd in Milwaukee in 1957. The Braves won the 1995 World Series in Atlanta, 1-0 in game 6 on the strength of eight innings of one hit pitching by Tom Glavine.

The 90’s has been a remarkable decade of baseball for the Braves – making World Series appearances 5 times - 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, and 1999 – and winning it all in 1995.

#11.

1999  The patch on the left sleeve of this road uniform is the 25th anniversary of Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record – the “715” refers to the record-breaking  home run (Aaron went on to hit a total of 755 home runs before he was done).

On the right sleeve is a World Series patch, a new tradition that began in the early 90’s to celebrate World Series appearances.

The Braves faced the Yankees in the 1999 World Series, but were overcome once again as the Yankees downed the Braves in 4 straight games to repeat as World Series Champs. But the 90’s have been a remarkable decade for the Braves with 5 trips to the World Series - 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, and 1999 - a fantastic record in an era of rampant free agency.

In fact, it should be noted that the 1997-99 Braves have to be considered on of the best baseball teams in history - they are one of only 4 teams ever to win 100 games three years in a row. In 1997 they went 101-61; in 1998 they went 106-56; and in 1999 they also went 103-59. The three other teams to win 100 games three years running were the 1929-31 Philadelphia A’s, the 1942-44 Cardinals and the 1969-71 Orioles.

 

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