He steps to the podium. The cameras are rolling. He strikes an ominous tone. It is March 5, 1964. Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. announces a major league team will move to the city if we build it.
Seriously, if we build it, they will come. But he can’t say who the team is. The next day, the city approved an $18 million stadium to be built. On April 15, the work began to build it.
AND, they would come.
So, the rumors swirled around the Milwaukee Braves. They denied it. They began their 12th season in Milwaukee. It was Bobby Bragan’s second season as the manager. They ended up in fifth, a little better than the year before. An 88-74 record and despite being fifth, they were only 5 games back. Now that is a tight finish.