Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak [NOOK Book]

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During their thirteen years in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Braves never endured a losing season, won two National League pennants, and in 1957 brought Milwaukee its only World Series championship. With a lineup featuring future Hall of Famers Henry Aaron, Warren Spahn, Eddie Matthews, Red Schoendienst, and Phil Niekro, the team immediately brought Milwaukee "Big League" credentials, won the hearts of fans, and shattered attendance records. The Braves' success in Milwaukee prompted baseball to redefine itself as a ...
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Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak

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Overview

During their thirteen years in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Braves never endured a losing season, won two National League pennants, and in 1957 brought Milwaukee its only World Series championship. With a lineup featuring future Hall of Famers Henry Aaron, Warren Spahn, Eddie Matthews, Red Schoendienst, and Phil Niekro, the team immediately brought Milwaukee "Big League" credentials, won the hearts of fans, and shattered attendance records. The Braves' success in Milwaukee prompted baseball to redefine itself as a big business—resulting in franchises relocating west, multi-league expansion, and teams leveraging cities for civically funded stadiums. But the Braves' instant success and accolades made their rapid fall from grace after winning the 1957 world championship all the more stunning, as declining attendance led the team to Atlanta in one of the ugliest divorces between a city and baseball franchise in sports history.

Featuring more than 100 captivating photos, many published here for the first time, Milwaukee Braves preserves the Braves' legacy for the team's many fans and introduces new generations to a fascinating chapter in sports history.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015163469
  • Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Publication date: 8/22/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,276,303
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

William Povletich has a wide array of experience in the film and television industry and as a writer. His documentary film Henry Aaron’s Summer Up North was an official selection to the 2006 National Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival and the 2005 Wisconsin Film Festival. Povletich was also an executive producer on the one-hour television special Milwaukee Braves: The Golden Legacy for Fox Sports Net, the exclusive fiftieth-anniversary tribute to the 1957 World Series champions. His History Channel documentary Rwanda: Do Scars Ever Fade?, earned a 2005 Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination. Povletich is the author of Green Bay Packers: Legends in Green and Gold. A native of Mequon, Wisconsin, he lives and works in Stevenson Ranch, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2010

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    The Team That Made Milwaukee Famous!

    Milwaukee Braves by Wliiam Povletich is one of the best baseball books that I have read (and I have read several dozen!). If you are a lover of nostalgic baseball at its purest this is a perfect book for you. I am a lifelong Phillies fan and have considered the Atlanta Braves a fierce rival, but this book makes me want to go back to the set of Happy Days, get a mikshake (or a Schlitz!) and a brat and cheer on Warren Spahn, Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews and the rest of the Milwaukee Braves. This book is a real rollercoater, just like the baseball season, with plenty of ups and downs, laughs and gripes, and some great photos of baseball and its impact on everyday life in the '50's and 60's. This book is Baseball as its used to be and should be again!

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