The 50 Greatest Players in Braves History examines the careers of the 50 men who made the greatest impact on one of Major League Baseball’s oldest and most iconic franchises. Using as measuring sticks the degree to which they impacted the fortunes of the team, the extent to which they added to the Braves legacy—in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta—and the levels of statistical compilation and overall dominance they attained while wearing a Braves uniform, The 50 Greatest Players in Braves History ranks, from 1 to 50, the top 50 players in team history. Quotes from opposing players and former teammates are provided along the way, as are summaries of each player’s greatest season, most memorable performances, and most notable achievements.
Robert W. Cohen has published several books on football, basketball, and baseball, including The 50 Greatest Players in Philadelphia Phillies History, The 50 Greatest Players in Boston Red Sox History, and The 50 Most Dynamic Duos in Sports History. He lives in Clifton, NJ.
“The 50 Greatest Players in Braves History” provides readers with mini biographies of the local franchise’s legends. Though the profiles are largely ground in statistical analysis, each one is sprinkled with anecdotal tidbits that transform seemingly inaccessible pro ballplayers into three-dimensional, relatable humans. What makes books like “The 50 Greatest Players in Braves History” so fun is that the players are ranked, and no two readers will agree as to what constitutes a proper categorization. But while Cohen’s ranking of the selected players can be debated ad nauseum, his choice of Hank Aaron for No.1 is indisputably appropriate.