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This Day in Georgia History

May 11, 1977

Ted Turner Managed Braves for One Game

In reaction to a 16-game losing streak, Atlanta Braves’ owner Ted Turner sent manager Dave Bristol on a 10-day trip to scout the Braves’ minor league teams. Turner decided he would personally step in to reverse the team’s horrible woes. Donning a Braves’ uniform, Turner temporarily took over as manager in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. Before the game, Turner admitted to reporters that he had never managed a baseball team - not even in little league. He explained, “I won’t be doing any of the strategy stuff. Our coaches, Vern Benson and Chris Cannizzaro, will be doing that. My baseball knowledge is not very great.” He further defended his taking over by noting, “During this losing streak, people have been asking me questions I can’t answer. I only know the same stuff that the writers get. At this point, it can’t really hurt.” The brash action went for naught, and Turner sat quietly in the dugout as the Braves lost to the Pirates 2-1. It was Turner’s only appearance as manager. National League president Chub Feeney immediately issued a prohibition on anyone owning stock in a team from managing it.