Braves induct three into Hall of Fame

The Atlanta Braves welcomed three new members into the team's hall of Fame Friday.

Longtime catcher Javy Lopez., Boston Braves shortstop Rabbit Maranville and head trainer Dave Pursley were all inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.

Lopez was signed as an Amateur free agent in 1987 and made his first appearance with the Braves in 1992.

He was the team's catcher and one of the braves leaders on the 1995 squad that won the World Series over the Cleveland Indians.

He left the Braves in 2003 and retired from baseball in 2007.

Maranville was a 5-foot-5, 125-pound shortstop who was a instrumental member of the 1914 Braves club, which entered July in last place but won the franchise's first World Series title.

Pursley was the Braves trainer from 1961 to 2002.

Lopez hit more home runs than any catcher in Braves history, earned three NL All-Star selections and was named the 1996 NL Championship Series MVP Award. He set a Major League season record for catchers when he hit 43 home runs in 2003, his 12th and final season in Atlanta.


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