The Atlanta Braves have been on the road since the 2012 baseball season started. The good news is our home team is finally playing on its own turf. Friday marks Opening Day at Turner Field. The Braves will take on the Milwaukee Brewers in games Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The country duo The Civil Wars will perform a pre-game concert Friday, as well as the national anthem. Just like every Friday home game, there will be a big fireworks show after the game. After Sunday’s game, kids 14 and younger can run the bases – a standing invitation for kids after every Sunday home game. Don’t miss our “Swing Into Baseball” features, which give you the many “hot dates” for families, such as when they’ll have a Chipper Jones “bobblehead” giveaway!
The National League’s Braves franchise that began in Boston in the 19th century moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966. Here are trivia questions relating to the 46-season history of the Atlanta Braves.
1. How many World Series have the Braves won?
2. How many times have the Braves been in the World Series?
3. How many Division championships have the Braves won?
4. What pitcher has won more games for the Atlanta Braves?
5. Who has hit the most home runs as an Atlanta Brave?
Bonus Question: How many managers have there been in Atlanta Braves history – and can you name them in order?
Let’s face it, going to a game isn’t cheap, but there are plenty of ways to cut costs. Families can bring their own food in soft-side coolers, and plan to go on Buck Belue $8 Buck Nights, when Lower Level Terrace View Tickets, normally $20-$30, will be $8. Or go on Ultimate Kids Days. Here’s the schedule:
April 16: Braves vs. New York Mets
April 30: Braves vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
May 14: Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds
May 28 (Memorial Day): Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals (with special pre-game patriotic ceremony)
July 2: Braves vs. Chicago Cubs
July 30: Braves vs. Miami Marlins
Aug. 13: Braves vs. San Diego Padres
Sept. 3 (Labor Day): Braves vs. Colorado Rockies
April 29 and Aug. 5: Ultimate Kids Days. On these two Sunday afternoons, kids 14 and younger with game tickets can play all the skill games in Scout’s Alley, tour the Atlanta Braves Museum, and much more for free. Also, kids and their parents can walk around the warning track before the game. Or try the Chevron Family Value Plan, with four tickets, four hotdogs, four Cokes, a Braves yearbook, a parking pass, and a $10 Chevron Gift Card for as low as $69.
The Atlanta Braves Kids Club for kids 14 and younger, sponsored by the Braves and Chick-fil-A, also offers savings. The $25 membership includes:
Sign up for membership at braves.com/kids.
April 13: Home Opener. The Braves take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Braves foam tomahawks for the first 45,000 fans. Two-time Grammy Award winners The Civil Wars headline a pre-game performance. After the game: Fireworks.
Friday nights at home: Fireworks after game.
Every Sunday game: Braves alumni sign autographs in Fan Plaza before game.
June 9: Bobblehead Giveaway to first 20,000 fans, “Sid Slides” Bream.
June 12: Braves foam tomahawks for the first 45,000 fans.
June 13: Bobblehead Giveaway, Craig Kimbrel.
July 4: All-American Fireworks Spectacular after the game.
Aug. 16: Bobblehead Giveaway, Chipper Jones.
Aug. 17-19: Delta Civil Rights Weekend. The Braves host Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Game Weekend. Events honor those on and off the field who have fought for equal rights.
Atlanta Braves 2012 individual tickets, starting at $6, are available at Braves.com/tickets, the Braves Ticket Office at Turner Field, the Braves Clubhouse Store at the CNN Center, all Publix Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. (For ticket packages of five games or more, call 404-577-9100.)
Brush Up on Your Braves – ANSWERS
1. Only one, in 1995, defeating the Cleveland Indians in six games.
2. Five times: 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996 and 1999.
3. Sixteen, including 14 consecutively, 1991-2005, all under Bobby Cox as manager.
4. Tom Glavine, with 244 (runner-up is John Smoltz with 213; Greg Maddux won 356 games, but only 194 as a Brave.)
5. Chipper Jones, 454 and counting (Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews hit most of their home runs for the Milwaukee Braves.)
Bonus Question Answer: Fifteen. In order: Bobby Bragan, Billy Hitchcock, Ken Silvestri, Lum Harris, Eddie Mathews, Clyde King, Connie Ryan, Dave Bristol, Bobby Cox (first term), Joe Torre, Eddie Haas, Bobby Wine, Chuck Tanner, Russ Nixon, Bobby Cox (second term) and Fredi Gonzalez. (Cox logged 24 years altogether with the Braves.)