1975 Atlanta Braves season

1975 Atlanta Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 67–94 (.416)
Divisional place 5th
Other information
Owner(s) William Bartholomay
General manager(s) Eddie Robinson
Manager(s) Clyde King, Connie Ryan
Local television WTCG
Local radio WSB
(Ernie Johnson, Milo Hamilton)
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The 1975 Atlanta Braves season was the tenth season in Atlanta along with the 105th season as a franchise overall and the 100th in the National League.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 10854 0.667 64–17 44–37
Los Angeles Dodgers 8874 0.543 20 49–32 39–42
San Francisco Giants 8081 0.497 27½ 46–35 34–46
San Diego Padres 7191 0.438 37 38–43 33–48
Atlanta Braves 6794 0.416 40½ 37–43 30–51
Houston Astros 6497 0.398 43½ 37–44 27–53

Record vs. opponents

1975 National League Records

Sources:
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta5–73–1512–68–108–44–85–74–87–118–93–9
Chicago7–51–117–55–79–97–1112–66–125–75–711–7
Cincinnati15–311–113–58–108–48–47–56–611–713–58–4
Houston6–125–75–136–128–44–86–66–59–95–134–8–1
Los Angeles 10–87–510–812–65–76–67–55–711–710–85–7
Montreal4–89–94–84–87–510–87–117–117–55–711–7
New York8–411–74–88–46–68–107–115–138–48–49–9
Philadelphia7-56–125–76–65–711–711–711–77–57–510–8
Pittsburgh8–412–66–65–67–511–713–57–118–45–710–8
San Diego11–77–57–119–97–115–74–85–74–88–104–8
San Francisco9–87–55–1313–58–107–54–85–77–510–85–7
St. Louis9–37–114–88–4–17–57–119–98–108–108–47–5

Notable transactions

Managerial turnover

The 1974 Braves had thrived under manager Clyde King upon his appointment July 24, going 38–25 to finish the year 14 games above .500. But the 1975 club fell under the break-even mark May 23 and never recovered. They were 58–76 (.433) and 3112 games behind the Cincinnati Reds when King was fired on August 29, 1975. With only a handful of games left in the season, special scout Connie Ryan, a veteran former Braves' infielder and coach, was named to finish out the string, and the club performed even more poorly under Ryan, at 9–18.

For 1976, GM Eddie Robinson promised to hire a "firebrand" to replace the scholarly King,[12] and in October he selected Dave Bristol as the team's new skipper. Bristol, 42, had been the third-base coach of the Montreal Expos from 1973–1975 and had previously compiled a poor record (144–209, .408) with the 1970–1972 Milwaukee Brewers. But he was hailed as an unsung contributor to "the Big Red Machine" Cincinnati dynasty, when, as Sparky Anderson's predecessor, he inserted into the lineup many of the players—like Johnny Bench, Lee May, Tommy Helms, and Gary Nolan—who proved to be key contributors to the Cincinnati championship clubs of the early 1970s. Bristol also had led the Reds to first division finishes in each of his three full seasons (1967–1969) as manager.

Said Helms upon Bristol's hiring by the Braves: "[Bristol] has a way of letting the players know how to win and what it's like to win. He's fiery and he's tough, but he's a ballplayer's man."[13]

Roster

1975 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Dave May8220356.2761240
Cito Gaston6414134.241615
Johnny Oates8184.22200
Joe Nolan441.25000

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Buzz Capra1278.1474.2535

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bruce Dal Canton2667273.3638
Roric Harrison1554.2344.7722

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Elías Sosa432224.4831
Mike Beard344003.2027
Preston Hanna40001.592

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Clint Courtney and Bob Lemon
AA Savannah Braves Southern League Tommie Aaron
A Greenwood Braves Western Carolinas League Bobby Dews
Rookie Kingsport Braves Appalachian League Gene Hassell

Notes

  1. Hank Aaron at Baseball Reference
  2. Cito Gaston at Baseball Reference
  3. 1 2 Dick Allen at Baseball Reference
  4. Paul Casanova at Baseball Reference
  5. Jack Pierce at Baseball Reference
  6. Leo Foster at Baseball Reference
  7. Wayne Nordhagen at Baseball Reference
  8. Gary Cooper at Baseball Reference
  9. Glenn Hubbard at Baseball Reference
  10. Blue Moon Odom at Baseball Reference
  11. Rick Mahler at Baseball Reference
  12. "Braves fire Clyde king as manager" United Press International, Rome News-Tribune, Aug. 31, 1975
  13. Florence Times/Tri-Cities Daily, Oct. 15, 1975

References

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