Braves Announce Hall of Fame Inductees

Javy Lopez

Javy Lopez

The Atlanta Braves have announced the latest inductees into the Braves Hall of Fame.  Former Atlanta Braves catcher Javy Lopez, former Boston Braves second baseman Rabbitt Maranville and former head athletic trainer David Pursley will be inducted on May 23, 2014 at the Turner Field 755 Club.

“We are happy to welcome these three very deserving individuals into the Braves Hall of Fame,” said Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz. “This group represents the Braves organization from each city where we have played and are an integral part of our very rich history.”

Lopez played for the Atlanta Braves from 1992-2003 and after sharing the position for four seasons, became the regular catcher in 1996.  Lopez was a 3-time All-Star (1997-98), 2003 and was the MVP in the 1996 National League Championship series.  Lopez had his best season in 2003 when he hit .328 with 43 homers and 109 RBIs in only 129 games.  He won the Silver Slugger award that season and finished fifth in the NL MVP voting.  Lopez finished his career with a .287 average, .491 slugging percentage, 260 homers and 864 RBIs.

Rabbit Maranville played shortstop for the Boston Braves from 1912-20, 29-33 and 35.  At 5’5″ and 155 pounds he used his speed and athleticism to be productive.  Maranville finished 3rd in the MVP voting in his first full season (1913) and runner-up in 1914.  Rabbit currently ranks 1st in triples (103), 5th in games played (1,795), and 9th in stolen bases (194) in Braves franchise history and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954.

Pursley worked as the Braves head trainer for over forty years. 1961-2002.  His skills and hard work have already gained him entrance into the Georgia and Indiana Sports Hall of Fames.  Pursley was selected to work four All-Star games, and won Athletic Training Staff of the year in 1995.  He is a member of both the National Athletic Trainers Associations’ Hall of Fame and the Professional Baseball Athletic Training Society (PBATS) Hall of Fame.

Tickets to the luncheon and induction ceremony can be purchased by calling the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame at 404-614-2310. Individual tickets are $150 and include the chance to sit with a current or former player, manager, coach or Braves Hall of Famer.

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