1990 The Braves created shock waves August 4 when they traded Dale Murphy, one of the most respected athletes in Atlanta history, to the Philadelphia Phillies for Jeff Parrett, Jim Vatcher and Victor Rosario.
1991 The Braves made history by becoming the first team ever to reach the World Series just one season after having baseball's worst record. Although the team stumbled into the All-Star break 9.5 games behind the first-place Dodgers, they were able to slice seven games off the lead in the first 12 days after the break. What followed was a thrilling stretch drive during which the Braves and Dodgers were never separated by more than 2.5 games after August 10. Among many clutch performances were the N.L.'s first-ever combined no-hitter by Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena on September 11 vs. San Diego and David Justice's game-winning, two-run homer off Rob Dibble on October 1, capping a comeback from a 6-0, first-inning deficit.. The Braves finally clinched the division title on October 5, after an eight-game winning streak, the first six coming on the road, to set Atlanta records of 94 wins (including a 55-28 mark in the second half) and 2,140,217 in attendance. Steve Avery was the MVP of the NLCS after tossing a record 16.1 consecutive scoreless innings to lead the Braves to a seven-game triumph. Mark Lemke then turned the World Series into a personal showcase by hitting .417 and helping push the Twins all the way to Game 7, a heartbreaking, 1-0 loss in 10 innings. Tom Glavine won the Cy Young Award; Terry Pendleton won the batting title and was named N.L. MVP; Bobby Cox became the BBWAA and AP N.L. Manager-of-the-Year; Schuerholz earned UPI N.L. Executive-of-the-Year honors; and Baseball America honored Atlanta by naming it the Organization-of-the-Year.
1994 The Braves opened the campaign in the newly aligned National League attempting to capture their fourth straight division crown in their new home, the N.L. East. The Braves began the season in record fashion, winning their first seven games,all on the road. It was the second best start in Atlanta history and a modern N.L. record for consecutive wins on a season-opening road trip. Kent Mercker no hit the Dodgers, 5-0, April 8 in Los Angeles, registering Atlanta's third overall no-hitter, and second by an individual. The Braves equalled their Atlanta-best 13-1 start, which included tying a team record 10 straight road wins. The Braves set an Atlanta record for runs scored in their 19-5 victory at Chicago April 15. In that game Atlanta hit back- to-back-to-back homers and duplicated the accomplishment three days later to become the first team in major league history to achieve the feat twice within that short a time frame. Bobby Cox became the 41st manager in major league history to win at least 1,000 games with a 6-5 victory June 17 vs. Cincinnati. Their torrid start helped the Braves remain in first place until just before the All-Star break; the Expos didn©öt take over 1st for good until July 22. Fred McGriff, David Justice and Greg Maddux represented Atlanta in the All-Star game in Pittsburgh. Maddux started for the National League, and McGriff captured the MVP award after he hit a three- run homer in the ninth inning to tie the game at 7-7. (The NL won in 10 innings, 8-7.) McGriff hit his 30th homer August 5 at Cincinnati to become the ninth player in major league history to hit at least 30 home runs in seven or more straight seasons. He led the team in homers (34), batting average (.318), RBI (94), runs scored (81) and 2B (25). Maddux also reached the record books by becoming the first player in major league history to win three straight Cy Young Awards. Maddux finished 16-6, tied for the lead league in wins, and led the league in ERA (1.56), complete games (10), innings pitched (202.0) and opponents batting average against (.207). For the third consecutive season, the Braves led the N.L. in homers with 137. They also finished second in the league with a 3.57 ERA. Hopes of another division crown and a third trip in four years to the World Series were dashed when the players went on strike after the games of August 11. The strike eventually forced the cancellation of the playoffs and World Series for the first time since 1904. The Braves finished second in the National League East, 6.0 games behind Montreal.
1995 The Braves validated their label as the "Team of the 90's" by winning their first World Series in 38 years. The world championship was the first for the city of Atlanta in a major professional sport, while the Braves also entered the record books as the first franchise to win the World Series in three different cities. Atlanta overcame a 23-20 start (3rd place, 5.0 GB) to post a 67-34 (.663) mark from June 14 through the remainder of the regular season, running away with the N.L. East title by 21.0 games. By winning the division, the Braves became the first N.L. team to finish first in four consecutive completed seasons since the 1921-24 New York Giants. Atlanta's pitching lived up to expectations, leading the majors with a 3.44 ERA; the Brave's staff became the first to lead the majors in ERA for three straight completed seasons since the Baltimore Orioles topped the majors from 1969 through 1972. Greg Maddux claimed his unprecedented fourth straight Cy Young Award, going 19-2 with a 1.63 ERA, becoming the first starting pitcher since Walter Johnson in 1918-19 to record an ERA of less than 1.70 in two consecutive seasons. He ended the season with a major league record 18-game winning streak on the road (including an 0.99 ERA) dating back to July, '94. Mark Wohlers emerged as the dominant closer the Braves had sought throughout the 90's, saving 25 games, including 21 straight chances between May 15 and September 3. Fred McGriff (27), David Justice (24), Ryan Klesko (24) and Rookie of the Year Chipper Jones (23) became the first Braves foursome to hit over 20 homers in a season since 1973, and Javy Lopez matched Joe Torre's 1966 record for the best average by an Atlanta catcher with a .315 mark. Last at-bat wins were the trademark of the '95 Braves, with Atlanta winning an N.L.-best 25 games in this fashion, including 18 after July 3. The Braves led the majors with 31 one-run victories, and went on to notch another seven victories in the post-season by one run and/or in their last at bat. Atlanta beat the Rockies three games to one in the Division Series, and routed the Reds in the first-ever four-game sweep of an NLCS, before winning the world title with a six-game triumph over the Indians, climaxed by Series MVP Tom Glavine's one-hitter over eight innings and David Justice's decisive sixth-inning homer in the 1-0 finale.
1999 The Braves overcame the loss of several key players and captured their fifth National League pennant of the 1990's, before falling to the Yankees in the World Series. At the outset of spring training, the Braves were stunned to hear that Andres Galarraga would be lost for the season because of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in a bone in his lower back, and also saw closer Kerry Ligtenberg go down with a season-ending medial collateral ligament tear in his right elbow. Despite these losses and season-ending injuries to Javy Lopez, Odalis Perez and Rudy Seanez during the summer, Braves managed to win 103 games and claim their unprecedented eighth straight division title. The team blew open a tight race with the Mets by taking 5 of 6 games from the New Yorkers in late September, highlighted by Chipper Jones' 4-HR barrage in a 3-game sweep in Atlanta, which served as his springboard to the MVP Award. Atlanta's Cy Young trio of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz were amazingly surpassed in perfomance by fourth starter Kevin Millwood, who went 18-7 with a second-ranked 2.68 ERA, leading the majors with a .202 opponents BA, and placing third in the National League's Cy Young balloting in only his second full season. John Rocker stepped up as the third Braves' closer in as many seasons and recorded 38 saves in 45 opportunities, 4th-best in the NL, and only one behind Mark Wohlers' franchise mark of 39 in 1996. In the post-season, Braves disposed of Astros in 4 games, then appeared in their record 8th straight LCS, outlasting the Mets in a pulsating 6-game series after being up 3 games to none. Braves made their 5th World Series appearance of the 1990's, and held two 8th-inning leads (in Games One and Three), but failed to preserve them and were swept in 4 straight by the Yankees.
2001 The Braves advanced to the NLCS where they lost in five games to the eventual World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks. A season-ending injury to Rafael Furcal in July and year-long offensive struggles plagued the Braves run to their record 10th straight division title. After holding off the Phillies and Mets for the NL East title in the final week of the season, the Braves swept the Astros in the Division Series. Chipper Jones led the offense with a .330 batting average and 38 homers. As a team, the Braves ranked ninth in the NL with a .260 BA and 13th in runs scored (729). John Burkett's 3.04 ERA ranked third in the NL, and Greg Maddux's 3.05 ranked fourth. Maddux led the team in wins with 17, despite not winning after Aug. 22. Despite going 2-4 in May and June, Tom Glavine finished with a 16-7 record. John Smoltz, who missed the 2000 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, battled arm problems the first half of the season. After two lengthy stints on the disabled list, he returned in late July and was used primarily as a reliever. On August 17, he recorded his first save and went on to save 10 games in 11 opportunities. Maddux and Andruw Jones both claimed Gold Gloves. For Maddux, it was his 12th straight Award.
2005 They said it couldn't be done, but manager Bobby Cox proved the critics wrong one more time. Capturing their astounding 14th straight division crown, the Atlanta Braves once again defied the odds. When their veteran rotation was decimated by injuries to Mike Hampton and Tim Hudson, the Braves had to plug in youngsters Kyle Davies and Jorge Sosa, and both came up huge. The outfield suffered a similar fate, but instead of understandingly imploding, Atlanta roared to what proved to be an insurmountable lead in the National League East. When it was over, the Braves had used 18 different rookies in their cobbled together lineup, and had found a few gems in outfielders Jeff Francoeur and Ryan Langerhans, catcher Brian McCann and pitchers Davies and Blaine Boyer. Despite the youth movement, the Braves would not have been in the position to make the postseason without their longstanding stars John Smoltz, Chipper and Andruw Jones. Smoltz made a remarkable transition back to a starting role (14 wins), and Andruw Jones put together a season (NL-best 51 HR, 128 RBIs, Gold Glove) that brought him within a few votes of the NL MVP. Once again paired up with the Houston Astros in the playoffs, the Braves were unable to overcome Houston in an 18-inning marathon Game 4 loss in the NLCS, the longest postseason game in baseball history.
The 1996 Olympic Stadium, built just south of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, was retrofitted into a baseball only, open-air, natural grass facility between September, 1996, and April, 1997.






































October 28, 1995: A day Braves fans will always remember. Tom Glavine's one-hit pitching and David Justice's sixth-inning home run gave the city of Atlanta its first World Series championship.






































The future of the Braves lies in the hands of the Jones' boys. Tune in to watch these future hall of famers lead the Team of the 90's through the 21st century.