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Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak - Book

 

Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak is a treasure of a book for both baseball fans and historians. Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak, chronicling the Brave's phenomenal successes, devastating letdowns, and legendary moments, is a treasure of a book for both baseball fans and historians. The Milwaukee Braves, during their thirteen years in Wisconsin, never endured a losing season, won two National League pennants, and in 1957 brought Milwaukee its only World Series championship. The Brave's lineup, featuring future Hall of Famers Henry Aaron, Warren Spahn, Eddie Matthews, Red Schoendienst, and Phil Niekro, immediately brought Milwaukee "Big League" credentials, won the hearts of fans, and shattered attendance records. Their success in Milwaukee prompted baseball to redefine itself as a big business and resulted in franchises relocating west, multi-league expansion, and teams leveraging cities for civically funded stadiums. Unfortunately, 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. Includes 240 pages, Paperback, 8 in. x 9 in, 220 b/w Photos and Illustrations.

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By: William Povletich
240 pages
220 b/w Photos and Illustrations
8 in. x 9 in.
Paperback
ISBN 9780870204234
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"William Povletich treats us to a joyous journey through time. This is a rich treasury of photos and stories that will surely please any Milwaukee Braves fan." -Tom Stanton, author of "Hank Aaron and the Home Run That Changed America"

"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

"William Povletich's unprecedented offering details a unique love affair between a region and a team. Beyond the heroes, and the magical moments that occurred on the field, the book also captures the behind-the-scenes events that catapulted baseball into big business." - Rick Schabowski, president of the Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter of SABR (Society of American Baseball Research)

"Chronicles a return to the Milwaukee and Wisconsin that time has all but forgot. It was a time when County Stadium was the place to be, a time when many of the ballplayers stayed year-round and worked in public relations for Miller or Blatz during the off-season, a time when players never had to pay for a meal and always got a free car to drive. It was all Braves, all the time. The Milwaukee Braves are long gone. So are high-kicking pitchers like Warren Spahn, double headers, streetcars to the stadium. But the Milwaukee Braves are a reminder of what we were. . . . Fortunately for avid baseball fans, this book brings the Milwaukee Braves back to life." -Bud Lea, former sports editor, Milwaukee Sentinel

"Thanks to William Povletich, the Milwaukee Braves are no longer before my time, no longer just the team before the Brewers or merely a line in the Baseball Encyclopedia attached to the year 1957 as World Series winner. . . . This book is a timeless reminder of those 13 great years the Braves spent in Milwaukee." -John

William Povletich is a native of Mequon, Wisconsin, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Povletich's documentary Henry Aaron's Summer Up North was an official selection to the 2006 National Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival and the 2005 Wisconsin Film Festival. Povletich was an executive producer of the one-hour television special Milwaukee Braves: The Golden Legacy for Fox Sports Net, the fiftieth-anniversary tribute to the 1957 World Series champions. He is the author of Green Bay Packers: Legends in Green and Gold and has written about the Milwaukee Braves and Liberace for the Wisconsin Magazine of History.

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