You Are Here > Baseball-Reference.com > Bullpen > Atlanta Crackers - BR Bullpen

Atlanta Crackers

From BR Bullpen

Jump to: navigation, search

The Atlanta Crackers first played in the Southern League in 1895 and 1896. The name harkened back to the Atlanta Firecrackers of 1892. The team played in Athletic Grounds the first year and Brisbane Park the second.

The Atlanta Crackers ran almost through the entire lifespan of the Southern Association, from 1903 through 1961. The Atlanta Firemen had played in 1902. The Atlanta Crackers also played in the International League from 1962 to 1965, until the Milwaukee Braves relocated to Atlanta. The Crackers then moved to Richmond, Virginia and changed their name to the Braves, where they played as the Atlanta Braves' AAA team through 2008. Beginning in 2009, the franchise returned to Georgia as the Gwinnett Braves, who play at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA.

The Crackers played in Ponce de Leon Park from in 1907, when it opened, until 1964. They played the fastest game in organized baseball history - at the time - on September 17, 1910, losing 2-1 at home to the Mobile Sea Gulls in 32 minutes; that record was eclipsed in 1916 in a North Carolina State League game played in Asheville, NC.

[edit] Year-by-Year record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Notes
1894 21-37 NA Ted Sullivan Team disbanded June 27
1895 70-37 1st Jimmy Knowles none League Champs
1896 36-36 -- Jimmy Knowles Team disbanded August 11
1897 19-10 2nd John Sheridan
1903 59-59 4th Abner Powell none
1904 78-57 2nd Abner Powell none
1905 71-60 3rd Otto Jordan none
1906 80-56 3rd William A. Smith none
1907 78-54 1st William A. Smith none League Champs
1908 63-72 6th William A. Smith none
1909 87-49 1st William A. Smith none League Champs
1910 75-63 3rd Otto Jordan none
1911 54-84 8th Otto Jordan none
1912 54-83 8th Charlie Hemphill / Charles "Whitey" Alperman none
1913 81-56 1st William A. Smith none League Champs
1914 78-66 4th William A. Smith none
1915 74-79 5th William A. Smith none
1916 70-67 5th Charlie Frank none
1917 98-56 1st Charlie Frank none League Champs
1918 18-49 8th Charlie Frank League suspended operations June 28
1919 85-83 1st Charlie Frank none League Champs
1920 85-62 3rd Dick Kauffman none
1921 73-78 5th Charlie Frank none
1922 55-97 8th Roy Ellam / Bill Rariden / Bill Bersen none
1923 78-73 4th Otto Miller none
1924 99-54 2nd Bert Niehoff none
1925 87-67 1st Bert Niehoff none League Champs
1926 78-76 5th Bert Niehoff none
1927 70-81 5th Bert Niehoff none
1928 66-87 7th Bert Niehoff none
1929 78-75 5th Wilbur Good none
1930 84-69 4th Johnny Dobbs none
1931 78-76 6th Johnny Dobbs none
1932 62-90 7th David "Red" Barron none
1933 62-86 7th Charley Moore / Wilbert Robinson
1934 77-74 4th Spencer Abbott (68-73) / Eddie Moore (9-1)
1935 91-60 1st Eddie Moore League Champs
1936 94-59 1st Eddie Moore Lost in 1st round
1937 84-66 3rd (t) Eddie Moore Lost League Finals
1938 91-62 1st Paul Richards League Champs
1939 83-67 4th Paul Richards Lost League Finals
1940 93-58 2nd Paul Richards Lost League Finals
1941 99-55 1st Paul Richards Lost League Finals
1942 76-78 5th Paul Richards
1943 60-79 7th Al Leitz / Harry Hughes
1944 86-53 1st Kiki Cuyler
1945 94-46 1st Kiki Cuyler Lost in 1st round
1946 96-58 1st Kiki Cuyler League Champs
1947 73-78 5th Kiki Cuyler
1948 69-85 6th Kiki Cuyler
1949 71-82 5th Cliff Dapper
1950 92-59 1st Dixie Walker Lost League Finals
1951 76-78 6th Dixie Walker / Whit Wyatt / Dixie Walker
1952 82-72 2nd Dixie Walker Lost in 1st round
1953 84-70 3rd Gene Mauch Lost in 1st round
1954 94-60 1st Whit Wyatt League Champs
1955 70-84 7th George McQuinn / Marv Rackley / Clyde King (18-33)
1956 89-65 1st Clyde King League Champs
1957 87-67 1st Buddy Bates League Champs
1958 84-70 3rd Buddy Bates Lost in 1st round
1959 56-96 8th Buddy Bates / Bob Montag
1960 87-67 1st Rube Walker none League Champs
1961 77-74 4th Rube Walker none
1962 83-71 3rd Joe Schultz League Champs
1963 85-68 2nd Harry Walker Lost League Finals
1964 55-93 8th Jack McKeon (19-42) / Pete Appleton (36-51)
1965 83-64 2nd Bill Adair Lost in 1st round

[edit] Further Reading

  • Ken Fenster: "The 1954 Dixie Series", in Baseball in the Peach State, The National Pastime, SABR, Volume 40 (2010), pp. 72-82.
  • Ken Fenster: "It's Not Fiction: The Race to Host the 1954 Southern Association All-Star Game", The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Vol. 39, Number 2 (Fall 2010), pp. 90-94.* Norman L. Macht: "Memories of a Minor-League Traveler", in Baseball in the Peach State, The National Pastime, SABR, Volume 40 (2010), pp. 62-67.
  • Wynn Montgomery: "That Was Quick !", in Ken Fenster and Wynn Montgomery, eds: Baseball in the Peach State, The National Pastime, SABR, Volume 40 (2010), pp. 59-61.
  • Lyle Spatz: "Three Georgia-Born Former Dodgers Lead the Crackers to a Pennant", in Ken Fenster and Wynn Montgomery, eds: Baseball in the Peach State, The National Pastime, SABR, Volume 40 (2010), pp. 69-71.
Personal tools