As the 2017 MLB postseason winds down, we visit some of the best postseason moments in the history of the Atlanta Braves.
The Dodgers and Astros find themselves locked in an intense World Series battle at the moment. While the Atlanta Braves season didn’t result in a postseason bid, it felt appropriate to remind Braves fans of old times.
Postseason performances from heroes such as Andruw Jones and Tom Glavine still bring back memories as well as hope that soon enough, new postseason moments will arise for the Braves. Going back through the Braves’ postseason history, numerous performances stood out. We went back and ranked them appropriately.
10. Boston Braves win 1914 World Series
While it was 1914 and only 16 teams made up the MLB, the Boston Braves won the 1914 World Series. The Braves swept legendary manager Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics 4-0. Future Hall-of-Famers Johnny Evers and Rabbit Maranville led the “Miracle Braves” out of last place in July to win the pennant.
Whether or not this World Series is accepted by fans is up for debate, but the Braves claim the title as their own on their website. Any World Series win is a pretty big deal. I think Braves fans can agree it’s one of our own. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
9. Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews lead the way in Milwaukee
After a relocation by the team in 1953, it didn’t take long for the Braves to have success in Milwaukee. Future Hall-of-Famers Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews led the offense while staff aces in Lew Burdette and Warren Spahn anchored the pitching rotation.
In 1957, the Milwaukee Braves beat the powerhouse New York Yankees team led by Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford, just to name a few. We don’t want to call it an upset, but winning the second World Series in franchise history and just the first in 43 years over only one of the greatest teams ever is an impressive feat.
8. The “Infield Fly” Game
Yes, while painful, the infamous “Infield Fly” game deserves a spot somewhere in this rundown. (Warning: going back and watching the highlights of this game would probably be just as traumatic for you as it was for me.)
However, umpire Sam Holbrook called Simmons out on the basis that Kozma camped long enough under the ball to constitute the infield fly call.
Braves fans threw trash all over the field of play, causing a 19 minute delay, and the Braves just couldn’t recover from the judgment call.