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1975 Atlanta Braves season

1975 Atlanta Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 67–94 (.416)
Divisional place 5th
Other information
Owner(s) William Bartholomay
General manager(s) Eddie Robinson
Manager(s) Clyde King, Connie Ryan
Local television WTCG
Local radio WSB
(Ernie Johnson, Milo Hamilton)
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Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL West W L GB Pct.
Cincinnati Reds 108 54 -- .667
Los Angeles Dodgers 88 74 20 .543
San Francisco Giants 80 81 27.5 .497
San Diego Padres 71 91 37 .438
Atlanta Braves 67 94 40.5 .416
Houston Astros 64 97 43.5 .398

Notable transactions

Managerial turnover

The 1974 Braves had thrived under manager Clyde King upon his appointment July 24, going 38–25 to finish the year 14 games above .500. But the 1975 club fell under the break-even mark May 23 and never recovered. They were 58–76 (.433) and 3112 games behind the Cincinnati Reds when King was fired on August 29, 1975. With only a handful of games left in the season, special scout Connie Ryan, a veteran former Braves' infielder and coach, was named to finish out the string, and the club performed even more poorly under Ryan, at 9–18.

For 1976, GM Eddie Robinson promised to hire a "firebrand" to replace the scholarly King,[12] and in October he selected Dave Bristol as the team's new skipper. Bristol, 42, had been the third-base coach of the Montreal Expos from 1973–1975 and had previously compiled a poor record (144–209, .408) with the 1970–1972 Milwaukee Brewers. But he was hailed as an unsung contributor to the "The Big Red Machine" Cincinnati dynasty, when, as Sparky Anderson's predecessor, he inserted into the lineup many of the players—like Johnny Bench, Lee May, Tommy Helms, and Gary Nolan—who proved to be key contributors to the Cincinnati championship clubs of the early 1970s. Bristol also had led the Reds to first division finishes in each of his three full seasons (1967–1969) as manager.

Said Helms upon Bristol's hiring by the Braves: "[Bristol] has a way of letting the players know how to win and what it's like to win. He's fiery and he's tough, but he's a ballplayer's man."[13]

Roster

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
May, DaveDave May 82 203 56 .276 12 40
Gaston, CitoCito Gaston 64 141 34 .241 6 15
Oates, JohnnyJohnny Oates 8 18 4 .222 0 0
Nolan, JoeJoe Nolan 4 4 1 .250 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Capra, BuzzBuzz Capra 12 78.1 4 7 4.25 35

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dal Canton, BruceBruce Dal Canton 26 67 2 7 3.36 38
Harrison, RoricRoric Harrison 15 54.2 3 4 4.77 22

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G W L SV ERA SO
Sosa, ElíasElías Sosa 43 2 2 2 4.48 31
Beard, MikeMike Beard 34 4 0 0 3.20 27
Hanna, PrestonPreston Hanna 4 0 0 0 1.59 2

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Clint Courtney and Bob Lemon
AA Savannah Braves Southern League Tommie Aaron
A Greenwood Braves Western Carolinas League Bobby Dews
Rookie Kingsport Braves Appalachian League Gene Hassell

Notes

  1. ^ Hank Aaron page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Cito Gaston page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ a b Dick Allen page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Paul Casanova page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Jack Pierce page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Leo Foster page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Wayne Nordhagen page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Gary Cooper page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Glenn Hubbard page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Blue Moon Odom page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Rick Mahler page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ United Press International, Aug. 31, 1975]
  13. ^ , Oct. 15, 1975Florence Times/Tri-Cities Daily

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN . 
  • 1975 Atlanta Braves season at Baseball Reference
  • Atlanta Braves on Baseball Almanac
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