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Encyclopedia article about the Atlanta Braves baseball team. After spending seventy-seven years in Boston, Massachusetts, and thirteen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Braves moved to Atlanta to begin the 1966 major league baseball season. The move made the Atlanta Braves the first major league professional sports team to call the Deep South its home. Citizens of the city welcomed their new team with a downtown parade. On April 12, 1966, the Braves played their first regular season game in Atlanta Stadium before a sellout crowd of more than 50,000 enthusiastic fans. Mayor Ivan Allen Jr., who had worked tirelessly to bring the Braves to Atlanta, threw out the ceremonial first ball. The Braves lost the game in thirteen innings to the Pittsburgh Pirates by a score of three to two. Atlanta had officially joined the exclusive ranks of the nation's major league cities.
|Fenster, Kenneth R|
|Digital Library of Georgia|
|New Georgia Encyclopedia (Project)|
|Atlanta Braves (Baseball team)|
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