America may be the land of the free, but Atlanta is the home of these baseball Braves. Atlanta National League Baseball Club owns and operates the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball franchise, which boasts three World Series championships, its last in 1995. A charter member of the National League, the team was formed as the Boston Red Stockings in 1871 (it became the Braves in 1912) and moved to Milwaukee in the 1950s before settling in Atlanta in 1966. Under the ownership of media mogul Ted Turner, the Braves won five pennants during the 1990s. The Braves play host at Turner Field. John Malone's Liberty Media has owned the team since 2007.
Liberty Media, the cable TV and online commerce holding company, acquired the Braves from Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting unit in a deal that valued the team at $460 million. With the disposal, Time Warner ended its foray into professional sports team ownership, having already shed its interests in Atlanta's hockey and basketball teams in 2004.
Legendary manager Bobby Cox finally stepped down after 20 years in charge of the team's dugout following the 2010 season and an unprecedented run of success as the team's boss. During his reign, Cox led the Braves to an impressive string of winning seasons that saw the team earn 14 consecutive division titles in both the National League West and the National League East, as well as one World Series championship crown in 1995. Former Florida Marlins skipper Fredi Gonzalez took over for spring training in 2011, ringing in a new era for the franchise.
John Schuerholz took over as president of the Braves following the 2007 season. The longtime general manager had led the Braves front office since 1991.
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