Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak
By William Povletich
240 pages, 220 b/w photos and illus., 8 x 9"
During their 13 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.
Based on the author's extensive research and interviews with former players and team staff, "Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak" chronicles the team's phenomenal successes, devastating letdowns, and legendary moments. 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.
Fans of of "Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak" will also enjoy the 60-minute Milwaukee Public Television documentary produced by William Povletich, "A Braves New World."