TRIVIA: With Chipper Jones famous #10 likely to be retired soon, which one of these Braves numbers have not been retired?
– #47, #35, #6, #41, #21, #3, #15, #29
If you haven’t already looked it up, here is the answer to last weeks trivia question.
#47 – The #47 was worn by Tom Glavine from 1987 through 2002 and then again in 2008. Within the 17 years wearing an Atlanta Braves jersey, he threw 3,408 innings and won 244 regular season games. His most memorable win came in game 6 of the 1995 World Series when he held the high powered offense of the Cleveland Indians scoreless through 8 innings. This win won the Championship for the Braves and he went on to win Most Valuable Player of the World Series. Winning the Cy Young award in 1991 and 1998 plus eight All-Star appearances, Glavine’s number was retired by the Braves in 2010.
#35 – Phil Niekro wore the #35 for the Milwaukee Braves in 1964 and 1965 then with the Atlanta Braves from 1966 to 1983 and again in 1987. Through the 21 years spent with the organization, he scored 14 straight seasons with 10 or more victories and three seasons with 20 plus wins. Niekro made four All-Star games, won five Gold Gloves and won 268 games with the Braves. He was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame in 1999 and that National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. The Braves retired Niekro’s jersey in 1984.
#6 – Bobby Cox won 14 divisional crowns in a row while managing the Braves leading to five pennants (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996 and 1999) and one World Series Championship (1995). Always known as a “players” manager because he treating everyone with respect, Cox won a franchise best 2,149 games. Coach won the Sporting News league’s top skipper seven times while no other manager has won the award more than three times since the magazine started it’s ballot in 1936. He spent 25 seasons at the helm of the Braves and the organization honored him by inducting Bobby Cox into the Braves Hall of Fame in August 2011.
#41 – The man who carried the #41 on his back is the only player who played with the Braves in Boston, Milwaukee and in Atlanta. Eddie Mathews averaged over 30 home runs per season during his career. He was a nine-time All-Star and led the league in home runs in 1953 and 1959. After retiring Mathews came back to Atlanta to serve as the manager in 1972 replacing Luman Harris. He was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame in 1999 and his jersey was retired in 1969.
#21 – Warren Spahn has the most career wins for a left-hander pitcher and fifth all-time with 363 total victories. He won the Cy Young award in 1957 and had won 20 or more games 13 times in his career. Spahn was an All-Star 14 times and also threw two no hitters. Warren led the league eight times in wins and compiled a span of five seasons where he did this (1957-1961); this being a MLB record. Spahn holds nine franchise records with most games started (635), complete games (374), innings pitched (5,046), games won (356), 20-win seasons and shutouts (63). In 1965, Spahn’s jersey was retired.
#3 – Through his 15 years as an Atlanta Braves, Dale Murphy won back-to-back MVP awards in 1982 and 1983. He went to seven All-Star games, won five Gold Gloves and in the decade of 1981-1990 he led the majors in home runs (309) and RBI’s (923). Murphy was drafted fifth overall in the 1974 draft by the Atlanta Braves and was a stable for the franchise since and in 1994 his jersey was retired.
#29 – John Smoltz was a part of the Braves organization for 20 years and a major part of the Braves success in the 1990’s. He was a pitcher that could do it all, he was a part of the Braves starting rotation and then when coming off his injury he went to the bullpen becoming the closer. He recorded 210 wins in Atlanta as well as 154 saves. In 1996 he won the Cy Young award, he appeared in eight All-Star games as a Brave and had 14 postseason victories. His #29 jersey was retired in 2012.