Jacksonville (FL) Braves

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Team History[edit]

The Jacksonville Braves began play in the South Atlantic League in 1953. In their inaugural year, the team featured a young Hank Aaron, who hit .362 with 125 RBI and won the league's MVP award as the team was the first to be integrated in the south. The Braves went on to capture the league title in 1956. Hall of Famer Phil Niekro also played for the club in 1960. The team moved into Sam Wolfson Baseball Park in 1955.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1953 93-44 1st Ben Geraghty Lost League Finals
1954 83-57 1st Ben Geraghty Lost League Finals
1955 79-61 2nd Ben Geraghty Lost in 1st round
1956 87-53 1st Ben Geraghty League Champs
1957 76-78 6th Mickey Owen (29-32) / Grady Wilson (1-2) / Joe Just (46-44)
1958 76-64 2nd Joe Just (62-53) / Chuck Buheller (14-11) Lost League Finals
1959 65-75 7th Sibby Sisti
1960 70-69 5th Red Murff