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The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time

Updated March 5, 2020 45.9k votes 4.7k voters 94.5k views106 items

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This is a list of the greatest Atlanta Braves ever, whether top Braves pitchers or top hitters. Since the early 90s, the Atlanta Braves have established themselves as one of the model franchises in Major League Baseball. Over that time, the Braves won an unprecedented 14 straight division titles from 1991-2005 (1994 is excluded due to the player's strike). Although the franchise won only one World Series title over that time, Atlanta established itself as one of baseball's premier teams and through shrewd trades, smart free agent acquisitions and a scouting department that is able to identify the best young talent through the draft, the Braves are on a short list of teams that are perennial contenders. Many of these moves brought the greatest Braves players to Atlanta where they eventually became some of the greatest baseball players of all time.

The best Atlanta Braves of all time span the team's long history, which began in Boston as the Beanstockings in 1871. In 1953, the Braves left Boston for Milwaukee, where the club stayed for 12 years before settling in Atlanta in 1966. The franchise's most iconic player is long time Home Run King Hank Aaron. Outside of winning World Series titles, the greatest Braves moment is when Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home run record in 1974 at Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium.

Some of the greatest Atlanta Braves players were with the team throughout it's recent stretch of excellence. Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Greg Maddux were all integral parts of the Braves teams that won 14 division titles. 

This list of the greatest Atlanta Braves of all time includes all players who were associated with the franchise in one incarnation of another. That is why Warren Spahn and Eddie Matthews are on this list. Players on this list are considered some of the greatest baseball players in history. Feel free to vote for your favorite Atlanta Braves players and add any players who you believe should be on this list and are not included.

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    292

    Hank Aaron

    Right fielder, Outfielder

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    #33 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#981 of 1,424 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • 2
    1,782
    276

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    #20 of 25 Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball #47 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

  • 3
    2,099
    383

    Chipper Jones

    Outfielder, Left fielder

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    #5 of 120 The Greatest Third Basemen of All Time#5 of 15 The Best First Overall MLB Draft Picks Ever

  • 4
    1,285
    215

    Tom Glavine

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    #50 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#77 of 207 The Greatest New York Mets of All Time

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    1,425
    273

    John Smoltz

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    #87 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time#24 of 80 The Best Baseball Announcers of All Time

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    1,017
    217

    Eddie Mathews

    Third baseman

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    #16 of 316 The Greatest Left Handed Baseball Players of All Time#81 of 158 The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

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    1,055
    232

    Warren Spahn

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    #12 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame#7 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

  • 8
    1,255
    241

    Freddie Freeman

    First baseman
  • 9
    1,208
    281

    Dale Murphy

    Right fielder, Outfielder
  • 10
    796
    189

    Phil Niekro

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    #8 of 85 Great Athletes Who Waited Too Long To Retire#5 of 49 The Best Pitchers In Atlanta Braves History

  • 11
    856
    181

    Bobby Cox

    Manager, Second baseman

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    #8 of 44 The Best MLB Managers of All Time#78 of 84 Celebrities Who Have Been Charged With Domestic Abuse

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    984
    286

    Andruw Jones

    Designated hitter, Right fielder
  • 13
    736
    247

    Fred McGriff

    First baseman
  • 14
    676
    264

    David Justice

    Right fielder, Outfielder

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    #290 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#71 of 142 The Greatest Right-Fielders of All Time

  • 15
    656
    259

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    #37 of 149 The Greatest Catchers of All Time#88 of 118 The Best Houston Astros Of All Time

  • 16
    605
    234
  • 17
    509
    208

    Terry Pendleton

    Third baseman
  • 18
    540
    240

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    #47 of 196 The Top Current Baseball Players#20 of 130 The Best Current MLB Pitchers

  • 19
    462
    206

    Ron Gant

    Outfielder, Left fielder
  • 20
    393
    170

    Bob Horner

    First baseman, Third baseman
  • 21
    475
    235

    Tim Hudson

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher
  • 22
    355
    169

    Joe Torre

    Manager, Catcher

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    #19 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time#43 of 150 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time

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    344
    181

    Rafael Furcal

    Second baseman, Shortstop
  • 24
    353
    209

    Steve Avery

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher
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    189
    14