Here at Papa John’s Atlanta, we are huge fans of the Atlanta Braves. We’ve been rooting for the home team since we came to Atlanta 30 years ago, and in that time, we’ve picked up a few facts that we feel every Braves fan should know.

Braves Move to Atlanta

Major League Baseball had its first season in Atlanta in 1966 with the newly christened Atlanta Braves starting the season by facing the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hank Aaron Beats Ruth’s Record

Braves great Hank Aaron started the 1974 season by tying Babe Ruth’s home run record his first time at bat. Four days later, Aaron broke Ruth’s record with home run No. 715.

Ted Turner Buys the Braves

In January of 1975, Ted Turner purchased the Atlanta Braves. Their partnership would lead to every Braves game being televised on Turner’s TBS network and the Braves’ home stadium being called Turner Field.

Hank Aaron Elected to Hall of Fame

In 1982, Braves giant Hank Aaron was elected to join the Baseball Hall of Fame. As of this writing, he is still the only player who has hit 30 or more homers in a season 15 times. He holds the records for most seasons as an All-Star and the most All-Star Game selections.

1982 Record-breaking Season

1982 was a good year for active Braves players as well. The team took the West Division title and set a then-Major League record by winning the first 13 games of the season. Dale Murphy had a particularly good year, hitting 36 homers and knocking in 109 runs.

1995 World Champions

In 1995, the Braves brought home the first world championship for Atlanta in a major professional sport and entered the record books as the first MLB franchise to win the World Series in three different cities. There was a lot of excited pizza delivery in Atlanta throughout the series as fans who couldn’t make it to the game watched at home.

Bobby Cox Ejected

On August 15, 2007, Braves manager Bobby Cox cemented a part of his legend by earning his 132nd career ejection and setting a new Major League record. Your Atlanta Papa John’s notes that Cox was arguing against a called third strike against Chipper Jones.

The Start of Jason Heyward

In 2010, Jason Heyward joined the Braves with a bang by hitting a three-run homer with his first career swing on opening day. Heyward has since gone on to establish himself as one of MLB’s next major superstars to the joy of fans of pizza in Atlanta.

Chipper Jones Retires

Papa John’s Atlanta was sad to see Chipper Jones retire in 2012. Jones’s career was a storied one, but he was and is a fan favorite.

The Upton Brothers Join the Team

BJ and Justin Upton joined the Braves during the winter before the 2013 season began. The brothers are best known for their offense skills, and your Atlanta Papa John’s believes they have promising careers in front of them.