1987 Atlanta Braves season

1987 Atlanta Braves
Major League affiliations
Record 69–92 (.429)
Divisional place 5th
Other information
Owner(s) Ted Turner
General manager(s) Bobby Cox
Manager(s) Chuck Tanner
Local television WTBS
Superstation WTBS
Local radio WSB
(Ernie Johnson, Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, John Sterling)
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The 1987 Atlanta Braves season was the 117th in franchise history and their 22nd in Atlanta.


Regular season

  • May 1, 1987: Houston Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan hit a home run off of Braves pitcher Charlie Puleo.[4]
  • August 17, 1987: Tom Glavine made his major league baseball debut.[5] It was against the Houston Astros and Glavine was the starting pitcher. Glavine pitched 3.2 innings and allowed 10 hits and six earned runs. Glavine had 5 bases on balls and one strikeout.[6]
  • September 27, 1987: 48-year old Phil Niekro is signed by the Braves for one final major league start against the San Francisco Giants. Niekro had been released by the Toronto Blue Jays almost a month earlier. He pitches three innings, giving up six hits and 5 runs in a 15-6 loss.

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
San Francisco Giants 9072 0.556 46–35 44–37
Cincinnati Reds 8478 0.519 6 42–39 42–39
Houston Astros 7686 0.469 14 47–34 29–52
Los Angeles Dodgers 7389 0.451 17 40–41 33–48
Atlanta Braves 6992 0.429 20½ 42–39 27–53
San Diego Padres 6597 0.401 25 37–44 28–53

Record vs. opponents

1987 National League Records

Atlanta 6–58–108–106–123–97–57–57–56–128–103–9
Chicago 5–66–68–46–610–89–98–104–149–35–76–12
Cincinnati 10–86–613–510–86–67–55–74–812–67–114–8
Houston 10–84–85–1312–67–56–66–66–65–1310–85–7
Los Angeles 12–66–68–106–123–96–62–106–611–710–83–9
Montreal 9–38–106–65–79–38–1010–811–79–35–711–7
New York 5–79–95–76–66–610–813–512–68–49–39–9
Philadelphia 5-710–87–56–610–28–105–1311–78–42–108–10
Pittsburgh 5–714–48–46–66–67–116–127–118–46–67–11
San Diego 12–63–96–1213–57–113–94–84–84–85–134–8
San Francisco 10–87–511–78–108–107–53–910–26–613–57–5
St. Louis 9–312–68–47–59–37–119–910–811–78–45–7

Notable transactions

  • April 1, 1987: Graig Nettles was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[7]
  • April 3, 1987: John Mizerock was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves. [8]
  • May 5, 1987: Doyle Alexander was signed as a free agent by the Braves.[9]
  • June 2, 1987: Mike Stanton was drafted by the Braves in the 13th round of the 1987 Major League Baseball draft. Player signed June 10, 1987.[10]
  • July 25, 1987: Joe Boever was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Atlanta Braves for Randy O'Neal.[11]
  • August 12, 1987: Doyle Alexander was traded by the Braves to the Detroit Tigers for John Smoltz.[9]


1987 Atlanta Braves
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


Starters by position

Note: 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
COzzie Virgil123429106.2472772
1BGerald Perry142533144.2701274
2BGlenn Hubbard141443117.264538
3BKen Oberkfell135508142.280348
SSAndrés Thomas8232475.231539
LFKen Griffey122399114.2861464
CFDion James134494154.3121061
RFDale Murphy159566167.29544105

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Graig Nettles11217737.209533
Paul Runge274710.21338

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
David Palmer28152.18114.90111

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Roy Majtyka
AA Greenville Braves Southern League Jim Beauchamp
A Durham Bulls Carolina League Brian Snitker
A Sumter Braves South Atlantic League Buddy Bailey
Rookie Pulaski Braves Appalachian League Grady Little
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Pedro González
Rookie Idaho Falls Braves Pioneer League Rod Gilbreath




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