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1. This Brave is the only one to play in all three franchise cities: Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta. A third baseman, he was featured on the first cover of "Sports Illustrated" on 16 August, 1954. Along with Henry Aaron, he was co-holder of the MLB record for most career home runs by teammates when he passed away in 2001.
2. This HOF'er helped lead the Miracle Braves to the 1914 World Series sweep of the Philadelphia A's. Only 5' 5" tall, he played 23 major-league seasons before retiring in 1935, an MLB record that would last until broken by Pete Rose in 1986. Who was this diminutive but speedy shortstop who nonetheless batted cleanup for the World Champion Boston Braves?
3. Since his MLB career as a player was only two seasons at third base with the Yankees, this Brave was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a manager. He won two World Series titles, one as a first base coach in 1977 with the Yankees, and one at the helm of the Braves in 1995. Who was this Braves manager from 1978 to 1981 and from 1990 to 2010?
4. This HOF'er is as beloved by Cubs fans as Braves fans. His number 31 has been retired by both organizations. This Texas-born righty was an eight-time All-Star who also won 14 Gold Gloves, led the NL in ERA four times and in wins three. Known as "Mad Dog" and "Professor", who is the first MLB pitcher in history to win four consecutive Cy Young awards?
5. Let's check out perhaps the best lefty ever at the Braves. Author of two no-hitters, this Braves southpaw retired with 363 wins and no lefty in the 20th Century had more wins. He was a Cy Young winner, World Series champion, and 17-time All-Star, who led the National League in wins eight times. Who was this World War II veteran who took part in the Battle of the Bulge and won a Purple Heart?
6. No beating around the bush with this guy. Sometimes called "The Hammer," what Braves outfielder broke Babe Ruth's career home run record by belting #715 off the Dodgers' Al Downing on 8 April, 1974?
7. We go back to the Boston Braves, or the Beaneaters as they were known when he played for them, for this Hall of Famer, a pitcher who won 361 games, which at the time was second only to Cy Young. Who was this switch-hitting right-hander who was the youngest player to ever reach the 300 win plateau?
8. This Hall of Famer was only a Brave for three years. But in his first season wearing the tomahawk, he batted .309 and finished third in the MVP voting while helping to lead the Braves to the NL pennant and their only World Series title in Milwaukee, beating the Yankees in four games. Who was this second sacker who entered the Hall as a St. Louis Cardinal?
9. In 2002 this Brave became only the second pitcher in MLB history to record both a 20-win season and a 50-save season in his career. Who is this unique pitcher who became the first pitcher ever to retire with 200 wins and 150 saves?
10. This Brave played as a Beaneater in Bean Town for nine of his 17 seasons in the majors. During that time, in 1894, he set the MLB single-season record for batting with a .440 average. Who was this slugging outfielder who drove in 100 or more runs eight times?
11. He spent only four of his 16 major-league seasons with the Braves, but in the first of those four he helped the the Boston Braves win their only World Series. Although he played his first twelve seasons and won two World Series titles with the Cubs, his only MVP season came in Boston. Who was this player who was one of a "Trio of bear cubs and fleeter than birds"?
12. This Cooperstown resident played the first nine seasons of an 18-year career with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, primarily as a catcher. And though he was a 9-time All-Star as a player, he nonetheless entered the Hall of Fame as a manager, largely on the strength of four World Championships for the New York Yankees. Who was this 29-year MLB manager with five teams?
13. This pitcher took the mound for the Braves for 20 of his 24 total seasons. Who was this knuckleball pitcher who twice won and lost 20 games in the same season?
14. This Boston Beaneater in the Hall of Fame only played six of his 13 seasons in Boston, but drove in over 100 runs two seasons in a row (1893-4) with them. Who is the right fielder who was linked by the press with Hugh Duffy as the "Heavenly Twins"?
15. This Hall of Famer spent his first 16 years with the Braves as a southpaw starter on the mound, leading the league five times in wins, winning two Cy Young Awards, and being named to ten All-Star games. Only teammate Greg Maddux won more games in the NL during the 1990s. Who is this pitcher whose #47 was retired by the Atlanta Braves?
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