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MAY 11 (1977) - Turner*
By Billy Grimes
May 11, 2007 - 2:57 AM

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Ruining it for everyone else

PITTSBURGH , PENNSYLVANIA MAY 11, 1977 Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner became Atlanta Braves MANAGER Ted Turner today in baseball. He was fed up with a 16-game losing strike, so he put on the uniform and headed to the dugout himself. It didn’t help. The Braves lost their 17th straight. Owner as manager also didn’t last long, and was the impetus for a rule change.

 

National League Commissioner Chub Feeney put the kibosh on the idea of an owner taking over managerial authority right away. He also initiated a rule change stating that a team manager cannot own a financial interest in the team (wonder how George Steinbrenner voted).

 

The Braves won the next game however. Molino Leon beat Pittsburgh's Bruce Kison 2 to 1. It was a long season though. The Braves ended up in last place in the Western Division. Their record was 61 and 101, second worst in baseball to the expansion Toronto Blue Jays.

 

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