1967 Bob Uecker of the Atlanta Braves hits a grand slam for the only time in his career. It comes in the 3rd inning off Ron Herbel of the San Francisco Giants in a 9 – 2 Braves win at Candlestick Park.
In the 8th inning against Jim Bunning of the Phillies, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves drives a ball to deep center field and scores ahead of the relay. It will be the only inside-the-park home run among his 755 career dingers.
1966 Before a crowd of 50,671 at Fulton County Stadium, the Braves play their first game in Atlanta after moving from Milwaukee. Joe Torre hits two home runs for the Braves, but Willie Stargell spoils the occasion with a two-run homer in the 13th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3 – 2 victory.
Former Atlanta Braves knuckleballer Phil Niekro is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, becoming the 227th member of the Hall. He receives 80.34% of the vote, and is only the 87th player to be elected by the BBWAA.
It takes 12 innings, but the first-ever World Series game in Atlanta goes to the Braves. Mark Lemke singles in David Justice for the 5-4 win over the Twins. This was the first of 4 games in this Series to end with the winning team scoring the deciding run in the ninth inning or later.
1998 Dennis Martinez of the Braves records his 244th career victory, surpassing Juan Marichal as the winningest Latin American pitcher. Ironically, Martinez’s 7-5 win comes against the Giants, Marichal’s former team.
1976 Ted Turner completes his purchase of 100 percent of the Atlanta Braves. Using superstation WTBS to make Braves games available in nearly every home in North America, Turner made the team well-known even before their incredible run of titles in the 1990s and early 2000s.