Milwaukee Braves (Paperback)
Heroes and Heartbreak
Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 9780870204234, 240pp.
Publication Date: March 20, 2009
During their thirteen years in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Braves never endured a losing season, won two National League pennants, and in 1957 brought Milwaukee its only World Series championship. With a lineup featuring future Hall of Famers Henry Aaron, Warren Spahn, Eddie Matthews, Red Schoendienst, and Phil Niekro, the team immediately brought Milwaukee "Big League" credentials, won the hearts of fans, and shattered attendance records. The Braves' success in Milwaukee prompted baseball to redefine itself as a big business—resulting in franchises relocating west, multi-league expansion, and teams leveraging cities for civically funded stadiums. But the Braves' instant success and accolades made their rapid fall from grace after winning the 1957 world championship all the more stunning, as declining attendance led the team to Atlanta in one of the ugliest divorces between a city and baseball franchise in sports history.
Featuring more than 100 captivating photos, many published here for the first time, Milwaukee Braves preserves the Braves' legacy for the team's many fans and introduces new generations to a fascinating chapter in sports history.
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Praise For Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak…
"Povletich masterfully recounts one of the most important periods in baseball history. By exploring both the what and the why of baseball's westward expansion, this is truly a must-read for educated baseball fans and historians alike. I came away from Milwaukee Braves with not only an understanding of what made Milwaukee a sports Mecca in the 1950s, but also a deep appreciation of how the business of baseball affects everything about the game today." (Doug Russell, Sportsradio Host, 1250AM WSSP, Milwaukee)
Even if you have read other books about the Milwaukee Braves, you should still check this one out. This books writing style and photos give it an entirely different feel than some of the others. Each book offers different things about the same subject, and this one has earned its rightful place among them. Braves fans will not be disappointed.(Gregg Kersey, Gregg's Baseball Bookcase)
2009 Winner in the Recreation/Travel/Sports Category from Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Awards
2009 Finalist in the Design: Interior Layout and 3-Color Cover Categories from Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Awards
2010 Winner in the General/Non-Fiction/4 Color Internals from the Chicago Book Clinic and Media Show
2010 Winner in the Sports Category from National Indie Excellence Awards
2010 Finalist in the Cover Design Non-fiction Category from Next Generation Indie Book Awards
2010 Winner in the Regional Non-fiction Category from Next Generation Indie Book Awards
2010 Finalist in the Sports: General Category from USA National Best Book Awards