Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak is a treasure of a book for both baseball fans and historians. Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak chronicles the Brave's phenomenal successes, devastating letdowns, and legendary moments. 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.
By: William Povletich
220 b/w Photos and Illustrations
8 in. x 9 in.
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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.