I can not even the imagine the pain involved with being a fan of a team, and then one day they are gone. They cease to exist for whatever reason. Perhaps they just moved to another city or became a new franchise altogether in a new location. Being a Phillies fan my entire life I have been lucky enough, or cursed depending on how you look at it, to have them in the same place for my 40-plus years. Fans in Montreal, St.Louis and of course Washington understand the pain I am talking about, but what about Milwaukee. They had the Braves for over a decade and had sustained success in that town, then one day they were gone. Today’s book take a look at their short stay in Milwaukee and the glory that accompanied it
William Povletich has created a really entertaining and informative book. He takes an in-depth look at the Braves 13 year stay in Wisconsin, where they never had a losing season. If that wasn’t a match made in heaven for the Braves fans, what is? The author has a special passion for the Milwaukee Braves that comes through in his writing which is an enjoyable aspect of this book.
Weaving through their short stay in Milwaukee starting with their arrival from Boston, you see the move to their new home and their ascension to the World Series. You see the how the Braves were able to maintain winning seasons in their new town and able to garner some fan support of the quality players they provided for fan enjoyment. Alas, it was not to be and you see how the Braves were drawn in by Atlanta and eventually left for greener pastures.
The pictures included in this book are really great. I have read a few Braves books like this in the past and don’t ever remember seeing photos like these. One other aspect of the book that is enjoyable is the player interviews. The guys who actually played in Milwaukee during those glory years give you their take on events and how they unfolded.
Even if you have read other books about the Milwaukee Braves, you should still check this one out. This books writing style and photos give it an entirely different feel than some of the others. Each book offers different things about the same subject, and this one has earned its rightful place among them. Braves fans will not be disappointed.
You can get this book from the nice folks at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press