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1963 Milwaukee Braves season

1963 Milwaukee Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 84–78 (.519)
League place 6th
Other information
Owner(s) William Bartholomay
Manager(s) Bobby Bragan
Local television WTMJ-TV
(Mike Walden, Blaine Walsh)
Local radio WEMP
(Earl Gillespie, Tom Collins)
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Offseason

Ownership change and managerial turnover

On November 16, 1962, the 17-year tenure of Louis Perini as owner of the Braves ended when the Boston construction magnate sold the team to a Chicago-based group of investors led by William Bartholomay. The Braves' home attendance had been declining since its 1957 high-water mark of over 2.2 million fans to 767,000 in five short years, due to a drop-off in on-field success since its last (1959) postseason appearance and a ban on "bringing your own" food and beer to Milwaukee County Stadium. Within two years of buying the Braves, the Bartholomay group would be negotiating with Atlanta, Georgia, in a successful bid to move the club to the Southeastern United States territory as early as 1965.

The change in owners overshadowed the Braves' continued turbulence in the managerial chair. On October 5, 1962, Birdie Tebbetts, in office for only 13 months, resigned to join the American League Cleveland Indians. His successor, Bobby Bragan, 45, was the team's fourth manager in five seasons. He had been a Houston Colt .45s coach in 1962 and had previously been fired from managing posts with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1956–1957) and the Indians (1958). Bragan would be the last manager in Milwaukee Braves' annals—and the first of its Atlanta history in 1966, although he himself would be fired on August 8 of that year after guiding the Braves to a 310–287 (.519) mark over 312 seasons.

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L GB Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 99 63 -- .611
St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 6 .574
San Francisco Giants 88 74 11 .543
Philadelphia Phillies 87 75 12 .537
Cincinnati Reds 86 76 13 .531
Milwaukee Braves 84 78 15 .519
Chicago Cubs 82 80 17 .506
Pittsburgh Pirates 74 88 25 .457
Houston Colt .45s 66 96 33 .407
New York Mets 51 111 48 .315

Notable transactions

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
C Torre, JoeJoe Torre 142 501 147 .293 14 71
3B Mathews, EddieEddie Mathews 158 547 144 .263 23 84
LF Maye, LeeLee Maye 124 442 120 .271 11 34
RF Aaron, HankHank Aaron 161 631 201 .319 44 130

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
Larker, NormNorm Larker 64 147 26 .177 1 14
Gabrielson, LenLen Gabrielson 46 120 26 .217 3 15
Klimchock, LouLou Klimchock 24 46 9 .196 0 1
Uecker, BobBob Uecker 13 16 4 .250 0 0
Carty, RicoRico Carty 2 2 0 .000 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
Spahn, WarrenWarren Spahn 33 259.2 23 7 2.60 102
Lemaster, DennyDenny Lemaster 46 237 11 14 3.04 190
Sadowski, BobBob Sadowski 19 116.2 5 7 2.62 72
Burdette, LewLew Burdette 15 84 6 5 3.64 28

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
Hendley, BobBob Hendley 41 169.1 9 9 3.93 105
Shaw, BobBob Shaw 48 159 7 11 2.66 105
Cloninger, TonyTony Cloninger 41 145.1 9 11 3.78 100
Fischer, HankHank Fischer 31 74.1 4 3 4.96 72

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
Raymond, ClaudeClaude Raymond 45 4 6 5 5.40 44
Piché, RonRon Piché 37 1 1 0 3.40 40
Schneider, DanDan Schneider 30 1 0 0 3.09 19
Funk, FrankFrank Funk 25 3 3 0 2.68 19
Blasingame, WadeWade Blasingame 2 0 0 0 12.00 6

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toronto Maple Leafs International League Bill Adair
AAA Denver Bears Pacific Coast League Jack Tighe
AA Austin Senators Texas League Jimmy Brown
A Waycross Braves Georgia-Florida League Bill Steinecke
A Yakima Bears Northwest League Buddy Hicks
A Boise Braves Pioneer League Billy Smith
A Greenville Braves Western Carolinas League Jim Fanning and Paul Snyder
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Yakima, Greenville

Notes

  1. ^ Ron Hunt page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Ellis Burton page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Hal Haydel page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Don Taussig page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ a b Norm Larker page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ a b Lou Klimchock page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ http://www.thebaseballpage.com/players/matheed01.php
  8. ^ http://www.thebaseballpage.com/players/snidedu01.php
  9. ^ a b Chico Fernández page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/yr1963as.shtml

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN . 
  • 1963 Milwaukee Braves season at Baseball Reference
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