The oldest continually operating sports franchise in America was also the first major league sports team in the Deep South.
Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. played a key role in luring the Braves to Atlanta by building Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium with the expectation of bringing professional sports to the city. On April 12, 1966, the Braves played their first regular season game in the new stadium before a sellout crowd of more than 50,000 fans. Mayor Allen had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first ball.
The Atlanta Braves have summoned every emotion possible out of Atlanta and Georgia as a whole.