When it comes to professional sports teams, Georgia has a lot to offer. From the Atlanta Braves to the Atlanta Falcons, there are plenty of teams to root for in the Peach State. But who brought these teams to Georgia in the first place?
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The state of Georgia is home to many professional sports teams, including the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, and Atlanta United FC. But who were the people responsible for bringing these teams to Georgia?
The Atlanta Braves were originally founded in Boston in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings. The team was then sold to a group of investors in 1908 and moved to Milwaukee, where they became the Milwaukee Braves. In 1966, the team was again sold, this time to a group led by Ted Turner, and moved to Atlanta.
The Atlanta Falcons were founded in 1965 as an expansion team of the National Football League (NFL). The team’s original owner was Rankin Smith Sr., and their first head coach was Norb Hecker. The Falcons have won one Super Bowl (Super Bowl XXXIII) and have made it to the playoffs ten times since their inception.
Atlanta United FC is a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team that began playing in 2017. The team is owned by Arthur Blank, who also owns the Atlanta Falcons. Their first head coach was Gerardo “Tata” Martino. In their inaugural season, Atlanta United won the MLS Cup, becoming the first MLS expansion team to do so.
The first professional sports teams in Georgia
The first professional sports teams in Georgia were the Atlanta Braves, who played their first game in 1871, and the Atlanta Hawks, who started playing in 1946. The Braves are a baseball team, while the Hawks are a basketball team.
The Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves are a professional baseball team located in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves are members of the National League East division, and they play their home games at Turner Field. The team is currently owned by Liberty Media Corporation.
The Braves franchise was established in Boston, Massachusetts in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings. The team played its first games in 1871, and they were one of the eight charter members of the National League when it was founded in 1876. The team then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1953, and then to Atlanta, Georgia in 1966.
Since arriving in Atlanta, the Braves have won three World Series titles (1995, 1996, 1999), and they have also won seventeen National League pennants (1876, 1877, 1878, 1883, 1891, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1914 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2005 2006 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017).
The Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team based in Atlanta, Georgia. They are members of the National Football League (NFL) and play their home games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta. The Falcons joined the NFL in 1965 as an expansion team, after the NFL offered then-owner Rankin Smith a franchise to keep him from joining the rival American Football League (AFL).
In their 51 years of existence, the Falcons have compiled a record of 300–402–6 (.429), winning division championships in 1980, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2012, and 2016. Their only Super Bowl appearance was during the 1998 season in Super Bowl XXXIII.
The Atlanta Hawks
In 1946, Ben Kerner and a group of investors brought the Atlanta Hawks professional basketball team to Georgia. The Hawks were a part of the National Basketball League (NBL) and became the first professional basketball team in the state. In 1949, the Hawks joined the NBA after the NBL merged with the Basketball Association of America (BAA).
The Atlanta United
The Atlanta United is a professional soccer team that plays in Major League Soccer. The team is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and it was founded in 2014. The team’s owner is Arthur Blank, who is also the owner of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons. The team began play in 2017, and it has been very successful, winning the MLS Cup in 2018.
The Atlanta Dream
The Atlanta Dream is a professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded before the 2008 WNBA season began.
In conclusion, there are many individuals who have played a role in bringing professional sports teams to Georgia. These include businessmen such as Arthur Blank and Ted Turner, as well as politicians such as Jimmy Carter and Andrew Young. While there is no one person who can be credited with single-handedly bringing professional sports to the state, it is clear that the efforts of these individuals have had a significant impact in making Georgia a major player in the world of professional sports.