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The numbers behind the Braves' 10,000 wins

The numbers behind the Braves' 10,000 wins

The numbers behind the Braves' 10,000 wins
Many players have come and gone through Major League Baseball's longest uninterrupted franchise. But only a handful have been able to make their mark on the Braves' thick history book.

From Kid Nichols racking up wins on the mound for the Beaneaters to Bobby Cox racking up wins in the dugout in Atlanta, here are the few whose accomplishments are at the forefront for the Braves. From Boston to Milwaukee to Atlanta, these are the men whose numbers stand above the rest, now that the storied franchise has reached its 10,000th victory.

2,149 Number of managerial wins by Cox, the most in Braves history. But the longtime manager, who retired last season after two stints with the Braves (1978-81, 1990-2010), also is the leader in losses with 1,709.

100% So which manager has the best all-time winning percentage? That honor goes to Vern Benson, who managed and won just one game in 1977. When Dave Bristol was fired, owner Ted Turner took over for one game before Commissioner Bowie Kuhn ordered him to relinquish his duties. That's when Benson managed his one game before Bristol was rehired.

0% Conversely, Turner holds the worst winning percentage in franchise history alongside Ken Silvestri, who managed and lost each of the final three games of the 1967 season.

356 Hall of Famer Warren Spahn is the all-time leader in wins with 356. Nichols, who played for the Boston Beaneaters from 1890-1901, is second on the list with 329 victories.

230 The number of losses by Phil Niekro, which is the most in the franchise. He narrowly beat out Spahn for that honor, who is second with 229. Don't forget, though, that no other pitcher in Braves history has started more games than those two. Spahn had 635 starts while Niekro had 595.

476 The number of complete games thrown by Nichols, the most in club history.

5,046 The number of innings pitched by Spahn, most all-time for the franchise.

3,011 No other Brave recorded more strikeouts than John Smoltz. He also registered 154 saves while in a Braves uniform, more than anyone else in the franchise. Gene Garber, who pitched with Atlanta from 1978-1987, is second with 141.

The Hank Aaron chapter Hammerin' Hank leads the Braves with 3,076 games played. Aaron is obviously the leader in homers with 733, but he also tops the Braves' record book with 2,202 RBIs, 3,600 hits, 2,107 runs scored, 1,429 extra-base hits, 113 sacrifice flies, 289 intentional walks, 11,628 at-bats, 6,591 total bases, 600 doubles and a .567 slugging percentage .

434 Herman Long, who played from 1890-1902, is tops with 434 stolen bases, while no one was caught stealing more than Jerry Royster, who heads the list with 83. Caught-stealing records weren't kept when Long was racking up steals.

Speedy Rabbit Fittingly, the franchise's leader in triples is Walter "Rabbit" Maranville, with 103. It's no coincidence that Maranville played most of his home games at Braves Field, which upon its inception was dubbed the largest ballpark in the world. Owner James E. Gaffney wanted the field to be large enough to hit inside-the-park homers.

Triple digits The franchise has had eight 100-win seasons. The first came in 1892, when the Boston Beaneaters went 102-48. The most recent club to do it was the 2003 Atlanta Braves, who were 101-61.

Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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