ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves are one win away from becoming the third team in Major League history to win 10,000 games.
The franchise's records stretch back to Boston in 1871, where they were first known as the Red Stockings. In the years since, they went through a number of other names (Red Caps, Beaneaters, Doves, Rustlers, and Bees) before finally becoming the Boston Braves in 1912. After winning the World Series in 1914, the team played in Boston until 1952. In 1953, the Braves moved on to Milwaukee, posting a World Series title in 1957 before heading south to Atlanta in 1966.
The Major League team with the most wins is the San Francisco Giants with 10,489, followed by the Chicago Cubs in second place with 10,277 wins.
While the Los Angeles Dodgers have racked up 10,176 wins, and the St. Louis Cardinals have notched 10,154 victories at this point, the victories by the Dodgers and Cardinals could technically be disputed, since the totals from those franchises include wins while they were with the American Association before they joined the National League (1890 for the Dodgers; 1892 for the Cardinals).
The American League is behind the field in the victory department - with the New York Yankees leading the "junior circuit" at 9,723 victories.
The Braves have their first shot at "five-digit immortality" Friday night as they open a three-game series against the Washington Nationals.
Once they cross that mark, the Braves plan on unveiling a special 10,000 win flag at Turner Field, handing out 10,000 Chick-fil-A coupons and donating 10,000 tickets to local charities.