Mount Rushmore – Atlanta Braves

1) Henry Aaron
2) Warren Spahn
3) Chipper Jones
4) Eddie Mathews

Anyone who doesn’t put “Hammerin’ Hank” at the top of this list isn’t paying attention.

Warren Spahn is the winningest pitcher in the history of the franchise, the winningest left-hander of all time and perhaps the most consistent pitcher in the history of the game. Spahn was a hard worker who underwent four off-season knee surgeries in the days before arthroscopic surgery. I defy you to look at his career log and tell me when he had those surgeries.

The Braves were blessed to have two of the five greatest 3Bs of all time play for them

Glavine, Smoltz and Maddux don’t measure up to Spahn. I always felt that if Maddux played in the AL, where they didn’t give the really wide strikes, that he would have been much less successful.

2 thoughts on “Mount Rushmore – Atlanta Braves”

  1. In general for these Mt. Rushmore exercises, how do you factor for players on winning, or more specifically, World Series teams as opposed to those toiling away on mediocre or bad teams. For the Braves, what about Dale Murphy? Or Phil Niekro?

    1. I don’t factor it in at all except perhaps as a tiebreaker – baseball is the sport in which a single individual has the least overall impact on winning or losing. The player with the most World Series wins is Yogi Berra with ten wins (1947, 1949-1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962) and fourteen appearances (1947, 1949-1953, 1955-1958, 1960-1963), but while I can make a good case for him as the greatest catcher of all time, there’s no way I can rate him above Mays or Aaron or Ted Williams or Ty Cobb, all of whom had zero or one World Series victory.

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