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1915 Boston defeats the Cardinals in their debut at Braves Field, 3-1. The concrete and steel facility, which took only five months to construct, becomes the first ballpark to seat more than 40,000 fans.

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1956 In their 13-4 victory at Crosley Field, the Reds hit eight home runs (Bob Thurman [3], Ted Kluszewski [2], Frank Robinson [2], and Wally Post [1]) to tie a major league mark. The Braves add two more to set a National League mark for total homers for a nine-inning game.
1960 Lew Burdette pitches a no-hitter, beating Gene Conley and the Phillies at County Stadium, 1-0. The Braves right-hander hits Tony Gonzalez with a one-out, fifth-inning pitch, preventing perfection, but still faces the minimum 27 batters by getting Lee Walls to ground into a double play.

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1965 Home plate umpire Chris Pelekoudas denies Braves outfielder Hank Aaron a homer calling him out after the ball lands on top of the pavilion at Sportsman's Park. The arbitrator's decision is influenced by Cardinal catcher Tim McCarver, who is jumping up and down, insisting the eventual home champion had stepped out of the batter's box.
1982 In the franchise's second-longest game in terms of innings, the Cubs lose to the Dodgers, 2-1. The six-hour and 10-minute Wrigley Field contest played over two days takes a Dusty Baker sacrifice fly that plates Steve Sax and 21 innings to complete. (Ed. Note: In 1927, the Cubs beat Boston 4-3 at Braves Field in a 22-inning marathon. -LP)
1995 Despite a Braves' rally in the ninth, right-handed reliever Tom Henke, issuing three walks and a hit, records his 300th career save when the Cardinals edge Atlanta at Busch Stadium, 4-3. The 37-year-old Kansas City native, earning his 25th save of the season, becomes the seventh pitcher in major league history to reach this milestone.
1998 Braves right-hander Greg Maddux wins his 200th career game, beating the Giants at Turner Field, 8-4, in a contest where all of Atlanta's nine hits are doubles. The 33-year-old All-Star hurler will finish his 23-year Hall of Fame career with a 355-227 (.610) won-loss record.
2007 Micah Owings, with two home runs, a double, and a single, compiles 11 total bases in the Diamondbacks' 12-6 victory over the Braves, the most for a hurler since Braves right-hander Jim Tobin had 12 with his three homers in 1942. In addition to driving in six runs and scoring four times, the Arizona rookie tosses seven innings of three-hit ball to win his sixth game of the season.

2010 The front-running Braves acquire slugger Derrek Lee from the Cubs for three minor league pitchers. As a ten-year veteran, who had played at least five years with the same team, the 34-year-old first baseman rejected a trade to the Angels last month because he thought LA had too much of a deficit to make up in the AL West race.
2021 First baseman Freddie Freeman becomes the seventh player in franchise history to hit for the cycle and the first to do so more than once in a Braves' uniform when he connects for a two-run home run in the top of the sixth at Miami's loanDepot Park. The 2020 National League Most Valuable Player also doubled in the first inning, tripled in the fourth, and singled in the fifth in the team's 11-9 win over the Marlins.


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