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The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time

Updated March 5, 2020 46.2k votes 4.5k voters 91.3k 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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  • 1
    Hank Aaron
    2,066
    305

    Hank Aaron

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America

  • 2
    Greg Maddux
    1,842
    279

    BirthplaceSan Angelo, Texas, United States of America

  • 3
    Chipper Jones
    2,175
    403

    Chipper Jones

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceDeLand, Florida, United States of America

  • 4
    Tom Glavine
    1,324
    211

    Tom Glavine

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceConcord, Massachusetts, United States of America

  • 5
    John Smoltz
    1,476
    281

    John Smoltz

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceWarren, Michigan, United States of America

  • 6
    Eddie Mathews
    1,040
    219

    Eddie Mathews

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceTexarkana, Texas

  • 7
    Warren Spahn
    1,080
    239

    Warren Spahn

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, United States of America

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    #15 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#11 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 8
    Freddie Freeman
    1,282
    239

    Freddie Freeman

    First baseman

    BirthplaceFountain Valley, California

  • 9
    Bobby Cox
    895
    180

    Bobby Cox

    Manager, Second baseman

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

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

  • 10
    Dale Murphy
    1,232
    295

    Dale Murphy

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

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    #70 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#27 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon

  • 11
    Phil Niekro
    823
    196

    Phil Niekro

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceBlaine, Ohio, United States of America

  • 12
    Andruw Jones
    1,022
    300

    Andruw Jones

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

    BirthplaceWillemstad, Netherlands

  • 13
    Fred McGriff
    774
    251

    Fred McGriff

    First baseman

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

  • 14
    Brian McCann
    682
    265

    BirthplaceAthens, Georgia, USA

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    #235 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#37 of 149 The Greatest Catchers of All Time

  • 15
    David Justice
    699
    272

    David Justice

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

  • 16
    Javy López
    630
    244

    BirthplacePonce, Puerto Rico

  • 17
    Terry Pendleton
    525
    210

    Terry Pendleton

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

  • 18
    Craig Kimbrel
    568
    242

    BirthplaceHuntsville, Alabama

  • 19
    Ron Gant
    479
    212

    Ron Gant

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceVictoria, Texas

  • 20
    Bob Horner
    409
    175

    Bob Horner

    First baseman, Third baseman

    BirthplaceJunction City, Kansas

  • 21
    Tim Hudson
    498
    244

    Tim Hudson

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceColumbus, Georgia

  • 22
    Joe Torre
    368
    175

    Joe Torre

    Manager, Catcher

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

  • 23
    Rafael Furcal
    354
    187

    Rafael Furcal

    Second baseman, Shortstop

    BirthplaceLoma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic

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    #380 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#49 of 132 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time

  • 24
    Steve Avery
    373
    206

    Steve Avery

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceTrenton, Michigan

  • 25
    Andrés Galarraga
    272
    123

    Andrés Galarraga

    First baseman

    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela