1966 Atlanta Braves season

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1966 Atlanta Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 85–77 (.525)
League place 5th
Other information
Owner(s) William Bartholomay
Manager(s) Bobby Bragan, Billy Hitchcock
Local television WSB-TV
Local radio WSB
(Larry Munson, Ernie Johnson, Milo Hamilton, Dizzy Dean)
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The 1966 Atlanta Braves season was the first for the franchise in Atlanta, following their relocation from Milwaukee, where the team had played the previous 13 seasons. The Braves finished their inaugural year in Atlanta in fifth place in the National League with a record of 85-77, ten games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Braves played their first season of home games at Atlanta Stadium.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • July 3, 1966: Tony Cloninger became the first National League player—and, as of 2010, the only pitcher—to hit two grand slams in one game.[3]
  • September 11, 1966: Rookie pitcher Pat Jarvis of the Braves became the first of 5,714 strikeout victims of Nolan Ryan’s career.[4]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 -- .586
San Francisco Giants 93 68 1.5 .578
Pittsburgh Pirates 92 70 3 .568
Philadelphia Phillies 87 75 8 .537
Atlanta Braves 85 77 10 .525
St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 12 .512
Cincinnati Reds 76 84 18 .475
Houston Astros 72 90 23 .444
New York Mets 66 95 28.5 .410
Chicago Cubs 59 103 36 .364

National transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1966 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Millán, FélixFélix Millán 37 91 25 .275 0 5
Alomar, SandySandy Alomar 31 44 4 .091 0 2
Herrnstein, JohnJohn Herrnstein 17 18 4 .222 0 1
Keough, MartyMarty Keough 17 17 1 .059 0 1

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Cloninger, TonyTony Cloninger 39 257.2 14 11 4.12 178
Blasingame, WadeWade Blasingame 16 67.2 3 7 5.32 34
Jarvis, PatPat Jarvis 10 62.1 6 2 2.31 41

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Fischer, HankHank Fischer 14 48.1 2 3 3.91 22

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Carroll, ClayClay Carroll 73 8 7 11 2.37 67
Olivo, Chi-ChiChi-Chi Olivo 47 5 4 7 4.23 41
Abernathy, TedTed Abernathy 38 4 4 4 3.86 42

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Bill Adair
AA Austin Braves Texas League Hub Kittle
A Kinston Eagles Carolina League Andy Pafko
A West Palm Beach Braves Florida State League Buddy Hicks
A Yakima Braves Northwest League Eddie Haas
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Tom Saffell

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Austin

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jesse Gonder page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Tom Seaver page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 259, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  4. ^ Baseball’s Top 100: The Game’s Greatest Records, p. 32, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
  5. ^ Marty Keough page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Frank Thomas page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Bobby Cox page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ John Herrnstein page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Al Santorini page at Baseball-Reference

References[edit]