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Atlanta Braves History: The Return (1876)

January 18, 2012 Leave a comment

The 1876 season was a bust all the way around. The “four seceders’ had made sure of that. Joseph Borden did not replace Al Spalding. The greatest excitement of the season came on May 30th. The Chicago White Stockings and the “Four Seceders” made their first visit to Boston. They played at the South End Grounds.

The crowd got so excited they tore down the fences to see Spalding pitch against the Braves (then known as the Boston Red Stockings). Spalding showed why he was so good beating the Braves 5-1 that day. The season also showed why the Braves were devasted loosing the “Four Seceders”. With them Chicago beat the Braves nine times out of ten games that season. They went on to win the National League pennant and broke the Braves run of four consecutive championships. The Braves ended up in fourth in 1876.

He returns (1877)

He was one of the “four Seceders” and a man I want to meet in heaven.

“Deacon” Jim White returned in 1877. Just couldn’t stay away from a winning team I am betting. He nearly won the triple crown. He led the leauge in batting at .387 and RBIs with 49. His two (yes that is 2) home runs were two short of the leader who had four. Imagine that today.

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