The Braves Baseball History

Recounting the great history of the Braves. From Boston to Milwaukee to Atlanta.

Can you buy talent? (1887)

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King Kelly

King Kelly (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1887 was just a plain weird year for the Braves (then known as the Boston Beaneaters). No one had ever heard of buying and selling players. A new innovation for the league for sure.

The innovation did not help their record as they barely broke .500 with a 61-60 record ending up fifth in the league, 16 1/2 games behind. It wasn’t ever clear who was the manager. Was it John Morrill or the “$10,000 Beauty” (the bought player), King Kelly?

It would be the third consecutive fifth place finish for the Braves. So much for “buying” talent.


Written by Michael Wilson

December 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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