The Braves have been part of Atlanta’s fabric for more than five decades. The franchise, however, is “the oldest continuously operating professional sports franchise in America,” dating back to 1871 when it began in Boston as the Red Stockings. The team was renamed as Braves in 1912 and remained as it moved from Boston to Milwaukee to Atlanta.
There has been pressure placed on some organizations — like the NFL’s Washington Redskins and MLB’s Cleveland Indians — to change their names. In a recent statement, Atlanta’s team didn’t suggest it was considering a name change. The Braves instead said their franchise “honors, supports and values the Native American community.”
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