Constructing a Team of Players Who Have Been Both Braves and Giants

Tonight the Giants start a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves. To mark the occasion, I’ve utilized Baseball-Reference’s multi-franchise tool and compiled a team out of the guys who played for both the Braves and the Giants. In the case of the two teams, they’ve shared 248 players. I whittled it down to a 25-man roster. I judged players on the strength of their peaks or whole careers, not necessarily how well they did in either Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta or New York/San Francisco.


Starting Lineup:

C – Ernie Lombardi

1B – Orlando Cepeda

2B – Rogers Hornsby

SS – Dave Bancroft

3B – Darrell Evans

LF – Bob Elliott

CF – Kenny Lofton

RF – Felipe Alou

This lineup is pretty solid. Rogers Hornsby alienated everyone he ever had anything to do with, so he only played for the Giants in 1927, after which they traded him to the Braves, where he lasted one season before being traded to the Cubs. Despite his poor defense, you have to take him over Eddie Stanky, who still makes our bench.



SS – Al Dark

3B/OF – Sid Gordon

C – Walker Cooper

IF – Red Schoendienst

OF – Brett Butler

IF – Eddie Stanky

Backing up the lineup is a strong bench. One could argue that Butler should start instead of Alou, but I like Alou’s arm, rather than Butler’s, in right. Also, Orlando Cepeda better not get hurt.


Tim Hudson

Brave Tim Hudson leaves the mound during a game in San Francisco, May 10, 2013 (courtesy Associated Press)

Warren Spahn

Gaylord Perry

Burleigh Grimes

Tim Hudson

Dolf Luque

Two Hall-of-Famers top a good rotation. And look at Tim Hudson, whom I wasn’t expecting to include! He’s actually had a better career than Johnny Antonelli, Jesse Barnes, and other Giants-Braves players I thought I’d see in this rotation.



Steve Bedrosian

Doc Crandall

Dave Koslo

Stu Miller

Terry Mulholland

Hoyt Wilhelm

There’s another Hall-of-Famer, which makes for three on the pitching staff. This is an excellent bullpen with strong arms able to come in and help out if any of the guys in our rotation were to stumble.

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