1969 Atlanta Braves season

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1969 Atlanta Braves
National League West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 93–69 (.574)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) William Bartholomay
General manager(s) Paul Richards
Manager(s) Lum Harris
Local television WSB-TV
(Ernie Johnson, Milo Hamilton, Bob Uecker)
Local radio WSB
(Ernie Johnson, Milo Hamilton)
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The 1969 Atlanta Braves season was a season in American baseball. The National League had been split into two divisions before the season, with the Braves somewhat incongruously being assigned to the National League West. The Braves finished with a record of 93-69, winning the first ever NL West division title by three games over the San Francisco Giants.

After the season, the Braves played in the first-ever inter-divisional National League Championship Series. They went on to lose the NLCS to the eventual World Champion New York Mets, three games to none.

Offseason[edit]

The new National League[edit]

The 1969 season marked the first year of divisional play in Major League Baseball. The Braves (along with the Cincinnati Reds) were placed in the NL West division, despite being located further east than the 2 westernmost teams in the new National League East, the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. This was because the New York Mets wanted to be in the same division as the reigning power in the NL, which were the Cardinals at the time (to compensate for playing against the Dodgers and Giants fewer times each season). The Cubs consequently demanded to be in the NL East as well in order to continue playing in the same division as the Cardinals, one of the Cubs' biggest rivals.

Notable transactions[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Second baseman Félix Millán started the All-Star Game, along with right fielder Hank Aaron, and won his first Gold Glove.

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L GB Pct.
Atlanta Braves 93 69 -- .574
San Francisco Giants 90 72 3 .556
Cincinnati Reds 89 73 4 .549
Los Angeles Dodgers 85 77 8 .525
Houston Astros 81 81 12 .500
San Diego Padres 52 110 41 .321

Opening Day starters[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1969 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
C Didier, BobBob Didier 114 352 90 .256 0 32
1B Cepeda, OrlandoOrlando Cepeda 154 573 147 .257 22 88
2B Millán, FélixFélix Millán 162 652 174 .267 6 57
3B Boyer, CleteClete Boyer 144 496 124 .250 14 57
SS Jackson, SonnySonny Jackson 98 318 76 .239 1 27
LF Carty, RicoRico Carty 104 304 104 .342 16 58
CF Alou, FelipeFelipe Alou 123 476 134 .282 5 32
RF Aaron, HankHank Aaron 147 547 164 .300 44 97

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
González, TonyTony González 89 320 94 .294 10 50
Garrido, GilGil Garrido 82 227 50 .220 0 10
Tillman, BobBob Tillman 69 190 37 .195 12 29
Aspromonte, BobBob Aspromonte 82 198 50 .253 3 24
Lum, MikeMike Lum 121 168 45 .268 1 22
Francona, TitoTito Francona 51 88 26 .295 2 22
Aaron, TommieTommie Aaron 49 60 15 .250 1 5
Garr, RalphRalph Garr 22 27 6 .222 0 2
Evans, DarrellDarrell Evans 12 26 6 .231 0 1
Hriniak, WaltWalt Hriniak 7 7 1 .143 0 0
Baker, DustyDusty Baker 3 7 0 .000 0 0
Brown, OscarOscar Brown 7 4 1 .250 0 0
Breazeale, JimJim Breazeale 2 1 0 .000 0 0

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
Niekro, PhilPhil Niekro 40 284.1 23 13 2.56 193
Reed, RonRon Reed 36 241.1 18 10 3.47 160
Jarvis, PatPat Jarvis 37 217.1 13 11 4.43 123
Pappas, MiltMilt Pappas 26 144 6 10 3.62 72
McQueen, MikeMike McQueen 1 3 0 0 3.00 3
Hill, GarryGarry Hill 1 2.1 0 1 15.43 2

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
Stone, GeorgeGeorge Stone 36 165.1 13 10 3.65 102
Britton, JimJim Britton 24 88 7 5 3.78 60
Johnson, KenKen Johnson 9 29 0 1 4.97 20

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
Upshaw, CecilCecil Upshaw 62 6 4 27 2.91 57
Doyle, PaulPaul Doyle 36 2 0 4 2.08 25
Raymond, ClaudeClaude Raymond 33 2 2 1 5.25 15
Neibauer, GaryGary Neibauer 29 1 2 0 3.90 42
Wilhelm, HoytHoyt Wilhelm 8 2 0 4 0.73 14
Maxie, LarryLarry Maxie 2 0 0 0 3.00 1
Priddy, BobBob Priddy 1 0 0 0 0.00 1
Kester, RickRick Kester 1 0 0 0 13.50 2
Vaughn, CharlieCharlie Vaughn 1 0 0 0 18.00 1

Postseason[edit]

National League Championship Series[edit]

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(NYM-ATL)

Attendance
1 October 4 New York 9 Atlanta 5 1-0 50,122
2 October 5 New York 11 Atlanta 6 2-0 50,270
3 October 6 Atlanta 4 New York 7 3-0 53,195
NYM won 3, ATL won 0.

New York wins the National League Championship
and advances to the World Series

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

1969 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Mickey Vernon
AA Shreveport Braves Texas League Lou Fitzgerald
A Greenwood Braves Western Carolinas League Eddie Haas
Rookie Magic Valley Cowboys Pioneer League Connie Ryan

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Greenwood

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
First Season
NL West Championship Season
1969
Succeeded by
Cincinnati Reds
1970