These were the heroes who owned the summers of the 1960s.
Hank Aaron and Warren Spahn.
Eddie Mathews and Lew Burdette.
Phil Niekro and Rico Carty.
Joe Torre and Mack Jones.
During the summers of the 1960s, the heroes of Milwaukee (and, starting in 1967, Atlanta) wore Braves uniforms. On their best days (which were, admittedly, too few), they were entertaining and inspiring. They smote hated rivals and sent their best to the All-Star game, in the decade when that mid-summer classic moved under the lights … and into prime time.
On their worst days, these Braves heroes broke our hearts, squandering late-inning leads and pre-season hopes … but they never lost our devotion.
They were the heroes of our youth. Now their stories are collected in
Braves Heroes: Remembering the Milwaukee Braves Who Helped Make the 1960s Baseball’s Real Golden Age.
The book profiles the best (and a few of the worst) of the Milwaukee Braves of the 1960s. In all, there are 80 profiles of the infielders, outfielders, catchers and pitchers who played for the Milwaukee Braves in the 1960s.
Do you remember …
The hard-throwing right-hander who won 24 games in 1965 and in 1966 hit grand slams in consecutive at-bats in the same game? (page 99)
The slugging third baseman who was a 9-time All-Star and drove in 90 or more runs 10 times? (page 29)
The shortstop who was a 4-time All-Star and batted .270 over 10 years with the Braves? (page 27)
The 21-time All-Star outfielder who 3 times led the National League in home runs during the 1960s? (page 42)
The workhorse right-hander who won 139 games in 13 seasons with the Braves? (page 96)
The Gold Glove second baseman who became an All-Star after joining the Braves? (page 14)
The journeyman reliever who started his career with the Braves and saved 50 games (while winning 23) in 6 seasons? (page 116)
The hard-hitting first baseman who averaged 24 home runs during 10 seasons with the Braves? (page 8)
The left-hander who won 23 games at age 42 in 1963? (page 137)
Their stories are here. Enjoy the memories.
Paperback edition: $11.99
Kindle edition: $3.99
Paperback and Kindle editions available now from Amazon.