ATLANTA — There is certainly reason for the Braves to proudly display each of the 10 numbers they have retired to honor the legendary figures who enriched baseball while representing the organization.
Nine of the numbers retired were worn by players and a manager who have been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The other belonged to Dale Murphy, who ranks with Hank Aaron and Chipper Jones as the three most widely beloved figures in franchise history.
Here is a look at each of the figures who have had their number retired by the Braves:
Dale Murphy, OF: No. 3
Number retired: June 13, 1994
One of the most beloved players in franchise history, Murphy established himself as an iconic figure as TBS helped the Braves become America’s Team during the 1980s. He debuted as a catcher in 1976 and was introduced to a young first-time manager named Bobby Cox two years later. Cox’s decision to convert the young slugger into an outfielder was a career-altering decision. Murphy won consecutive National League MVP Awards (1982 and ’83) and five consecutive Gold Glove Awards (1982-86). He finished with 398 home runs, but his Hall of Fame resume was weakened by an abrupt decline influenced by his bad knees.