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Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak Paperback – March 20, 2009
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"Povletich masterfully recounts one of the most important periods in baseball history. By exploring both the what and the why of baseball's westward expansion, this is truly a must-read for educated baseball fans and historians alike. I came away from Milwaukee Braves with not only an understanding of what made Milwaukee a sports Mecca in the 1950s, but also a deep appreciation of how the business of baseball affects everything about the game today." (Doug Russell, Sportsradio Host, 1250AM WSSP, Milwaukee)
Even if you have read other books about the Milwaukee Braves, you should still check this one out. This books writing style and photos give it an entirely different feel than some of the others. Each book offers different things about the same subject, and this one has earned its rightful place among them. Braves fans will not be disappointed.(Gregg Kersey, Gregg's Baseball Bookcase)
2009 Winner in the Recreation/Travel/Sports Category from Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Awards
2009 Finalist in the Design: Interior Layout and 3-Color Cover Categories from Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Awards
2010 Winner in the General/Non-Fiction/4 Color Internals from the Chicago Book Clinic and Media Show
2010 Winner in the Sports Category from National Indie Excellence Awards
2010 Finalist in the Cover Design Non-fiction Category from Next Generation Indie Book Awards
2010 Winner in the Regional Non-fiction Category from Next Generation Indie Book Awards
2010 Finalist in the Sports: General Category from USA National Best Book Awards
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The Braves relocated to Wisconsin in 1953 as a result of serious attendance declines in Boston. The Red Sox owned the Hub City and the Braves failed to compete with their American League counterparts even after winning an NL pennant in 1948. Remarkably, the sudden franchise shift, which occurred after Spring training had ended, allowing virtually no time for advance ticket sales in Milwaukee produced a succession of attendance records in one of baseball's smallest markets. Milwaukee was the first team to draw in excess of 2 million fans per season.
The team responded to the adulation of their new fans and quickly rose from the cellar to contention. The Milwaukee Braves never finished below .500 in thirteen seasons which was quite a departure from the team's constant struggles on the field and at the box office in Boston.
Euphoria soon gave way to tragedy as the team's new absentee owners were eager to move the franchise in the early Sixties. Atlanta beckoned with the promise of extraordinary regional television broadcasting revenues that Milwaukee could not match as other professional teams were located in three neighboring states.Read more ›
researched from a variety of sources, resulting in many notable
quotes. The book will appeal to all baseball fans and is a good
addition to the genre.
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Long time fan. Loved the book. Brought back many memories of the 50's club.Published 4 months ago by Greg Hietpas
If you were a Milwaukee Braves fan this book is for you! It's filled with great pictures, many published for the first time, and the book takes you from the dizzying heights of the... Read morePublished on March 14, 2014 by rj
i bought some stuff on line a month Ahead for christmas & this is one of them, He Was so excited , He's a braves fan, He's already reading it, It came on time & in good... Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by NATURE LOVER, My name on draw something App to !
Before they moved to Atlanta, the Braves were one the most exciting teams of the 50's. Outstanding summary of the Braves 13 seasons in Milwaukee and the city's love affair with... Read morePublished on December 18, 2011 by Amazon Customer
All Braves fans would enjoy this book. Plenty of pictures I had never seen before.Published on June 11, 2009 by P. Flynn