Braves history, give or take 90 years

Similar to the issue I have with the Newark Bears’ “incorporation” date, I’m a little bit against the patch on the new alternate jerseys the Braves unveiled this week.

The Braves, of course, were established in 1876 (when the National League formed) in Boston. They were known as the Red Stockings, Beaneaters, Doves and Rustlers until 1912, when they adopted the Braves moniker and stuck with it save for a five-year shift to Bees from 1936-40. They moved to Milwaukee in 1953 and stayed for 13 seasons, all as the Braves. Then, in 1966, they relocated to Atlanta, and it’s that year that these uniforms are meant to commemorate.

My problem with the patch is that it says 1876 and “Atlanta Braves.” But, of course, the team wasn’t in Atlanta in 1876. That pairing just isn’t accurate to me. (And the 1966 unis had a much different shoulder patch, but that’s another issue.) I suppose a solution would be pairing 1876 and “Braves Baseball” or simply “Braves,” but the team just didn’t see it that way.

One comment on “Braves history, give or take 90 years

  1. This bothers me less than the Newark Bears situation, because the Braves franchise can trace its roots directly back to that 1876 team.

    The Newark Bears of today have nothing to do with the franchise that existed in 1917 – they just happen to share the same name.

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