Saturday, June 4, 2011

Atlanta/Milwaukee/Boston Braves

1B  Joe Adcock – Belted 25+ HRs five times for the Braves; McGriff didn’t play five seasons in Atlanta.
2B  Felix Millan – Gold Glove fielder; batted .289 or better three times for Atlanta.
SS  Rabbit Maranville – Excellent fielder for Boston with six 20+ SB seasons; a Hall of Famer, though he got more attention for his practical jokes than his hitting.
3B  Eddie Matthews – Ten seasons with 30+ HRs; drove in 90 or more runs 10 times; drew plenty of walks to boost the OBP.
OF  Hank Aaron – Career .305 BA; MLB’s all-time RBI leader with 2,297; won three Gold Gloves; still the real home run king.
OF  Dale Murphy – Back-to-back NL MVP Awards (1982-83); five seasons with 36+ HRs; won five straight Gold Gloves.
OF  Andruw Jones – Big RBI producer with seven 30+ HR seasons (51 in ’05); TEN straight Gold Gloves.
C  Javy Lopez – Dangerous hitter; topped 20 HRs five times for Atlanta (43 in ’03).
Bench  Chipper Jones – Nine 100+ RBI seasons; batted over .300 ten times; won MVP in ’99 when he hit 45 HRs and stole 25 bases.
Pitcher  Warren Spahn – Won 20+ games THIRTEEN times; led NL in ERA four times; tossed 63 shutouts.
Pitcher  Greg Maddux – Top NL pitcher of the ’90s; led league in ERA four times; won 15+ games all 11 years in Atlanta; perennial Gold Glover.
Pitcher  Phil Niekro – Recorded 15+ wins eleven times; ERA below 3.00 six times (1.87 in ’67); won four Gold Gloves; barely edges out Glavine for this spot.
Closer  John Smoltz – Averaged 48 saves a season in 2002-2004; won over 200 games for Atlanta as a starter.

Question: Which one of these all-time Braves greats played for the franchise in all three cities?
Answer: Eddie Matthews

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