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The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time

Updated March 5, 2020 45.7k votes 4.5k voters 90.6k views106 items

List RulesPlease only rank the players based on their time with the Braves

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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    Hank Aaron

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America

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    #33 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#36 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time

  • 2
    Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    1,824
    275

    BirthplaceSan Angelo, Texas, United States of America

  • 3
    Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    2,148
    400

    Chipper Jones

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceDeLand, Florida, United States of America

  • 4
    Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    1,306
    208

    Tom Glavine

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceConcord, Massachusetts, United States of America

  • 5
    John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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    John Smoltz

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceWarren, Michigan, United States of America

  • 6
    Freddie Freeman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    1,262
    231

    Freddie Freeman

    First baseman

    BirthplaceFountain Valley, California

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    #186 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#94 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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    Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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    Eddie Mathews

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceTexarkana, Texas

  • 8
    Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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    Warren Spahn

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, United States of America

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  • 9
    Bobby Cox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    888
    176

    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 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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    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 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    813
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    Phil Niekro

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceBlaine, Ohio, United States of America

  • 12
    Andruw Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    1,007
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    Andruw Jones

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

    BirthplaceWillemstad, Netherlands

  • 13
    Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    766
    251

    Fred McGriff

    First baseman

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

  • 14
    Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    679
    263

    BirthplaceAthens, Georgia, USA

  • 15
    David Justice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    693
    271

    David Justice

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, USA

  • 16
    Javy López is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    624
    243

    BirthplacePonce, Puerto Rico

  • 17
    Terry Pendleton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    524
    207

    Terry Pendleton

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

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    #30 of 120 The Greatest Third Basemen of All Time#50 of 134 The Greatest St. Louis Cardinals of All Time

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    Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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    BirthplaceHuntsville, Alabama

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    #42 of 273 The Top Current Baseball Players#20 of 116 The Best Current MLB Pitchers

  • 19
    Ron Gant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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    Ron Gant

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceVictoria, Texas

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    #77 of 142 The Greatest Left-Fielders of All Time#91 of 111 The Best Philadelphia Phillies Of All Time

  • 20
    Bob Horner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    406
    172

    Bob Horner

    First baseman, Third baseman

    BirthplaceJunction City, Kansas

  • 21
    Tim Hudson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    492
    241

    Tim Hudson

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceColumbus, Georgia

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    #335 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#110 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

  • 22
    Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    363
    169

    Joe Torre

    Manager, Catcher

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

  • 23
    Rafael Furcal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    353
    184

    Rafael Furcal

    Second baseman, Shortstop

    BirthplaceLoma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic

  • 24
    Steve Avery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    369
    203

    Steve Avery

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceTrenton, Michigan

  • 25
    Andrés Galarraga is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
    267
    122

    Andrés Galarraga

    First baseman

    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

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