FAVORITE BRAVES PLAYERS OF THE 1970'S
#90 (TIE) PABLO TORREABLA
ATLANTA BRAVES 1975-1976
Venezuelan born Pablo Torrealba never won a game in his two years with the Braves. He also only had two saves during his Brave career. But interestingly enough, his two saves came on back to back nights in San Diego. He saved a game for Phil Niekro on April 10, 1976 and one for Dick Ruthven on April 11, 1976. I'm afraid that's about all there is to say about Pablo's Brave career.
ATLANTA BRAVES 1973
The Brave career of Dominican Republic born Freddie Velzaquez was so brief that I was unable to find any picture of him in a Brave uniform on the Internet. So I've included a picture of him during his year with the Seattle Pilots here, because he was Jim Bouton's teammate that year and that gives him some instant cred in my book. He was 8 for 23 during his extremely brief Brave career (a nice .348 lifetime Brave average). I know him mostly for Braves announcer Ernie Johnson always exaggerating his name :Freddie VEL-AZ-QUEZ! I remember visiting my cousin that year and us looking at each other and saying Freddie VEL-AZ-QUEZ! At least a couple of times during the weeks he was with the team. Ah, the Summer of '73!Additional note on Freddie: Freddie's minor league career spanned fourteen years, between 1958 and 1976. During that time, he had 4,347 minor league at-bats and 152 minor league home runs! So his 8 hit Summer of '73 was very well earned!