50 years ago today, the Milwaukee Braves organization signed a 25-year lease to play in the brand new Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The city had built the stadium with the sole intention of attracting pro sports teams to the city of Atlanta.
At the time the identity of the new resident was supposed to be kept secret, but the Braves had announced the move a couple weeks earlier. A court battle ensued and kept the Braves in Milwaukee until after the 1965 season.
Listen to one of the greatest PA Announcers of all time, Marshall Mann, announce the starting lineups in Game 3 of the 1991 World Series between the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves.
I grew up admiring the late Marshall Mann, the Public Address Announcer for the Atlanta Braves from 1967-1996. He was my inspiration to pursue the position, one I look to take back on again when the timing is right.
What is ironic he came on to take the position the 2nd season Atlanta moved from Milwaukee and held the position as Atlanta Fulton County Stadium’s voice until it was closed.
Mann began working as the Braves’ P.A. announcer in 1967, the club’s second year in Atlanta. At one point in the early ‘70s, Mann served as the public-address announcer for the Braves, Falcons, Hawks, NHL Flames and NASL Chiefs. He also announced NCAA basketball games and other events in the Omni.
Baseball, however, was his first love. Mann once estimated he drove more than a half-million miles making the 80-mile round trip from Griffin to Atlanta. When he retired following the 1996 season after 30 years with the Braves, Mann had the second-longest tenure among major-league P.A. announcers behind Bob Sheppard of the New York Yankees.
During his career, Mann saw Hank Aaron’s record 715th home run and Phil Niekro’s no-hitter. But his favorite sports memory was the Braves’ breakthrough 1991 season. “It was better than '95 [when Atlanta won the World Series],” said Mann, “because it was so unexpected.”
He will forever be missed as the Stadium Voice (Pa Announcer) as the Atlanta Braves. He passed away after a brief bout with cancer in 1997.
On April 8, 1974, at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth’s 39-year-old record. Aaron would go on to hit 755 home runs in his baseball career. Aaron’s home run record would stand for 33 years until it was broken in 2007 by Barry Bonds.