Tuesday, February 25, 2014
ATLANTA – Longtime Atlanta Braves catcher Javy Lopez, former head athletic trainer Dave Pursley, and former Boston Braves shortstop Rabbit Maranville will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame on May 23, 2014, at the 755 Club at Turner Field.
“We are happy to welcome these three very deserving individuals into the Braves Hall of Fame,” said Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz. “This group represents the Braves organization from each city where we have played and are an integral part of our very rich history.”
Lopez played for the Atlanta Braves from 1992-2003. He shared catching duties for four seasons before establishing himself as the Braves regular catcher in 1996. That same season, he helped lead the Braves in capturing the National League Championship Series, while earning the series Most Valuable Player award. He also made the National League All-Star team three times, 1997-98 and 2003. Javy had his best season in 2003 with a .328 batting average, 43 home runs and 109 RBI in 129 games. He won the Silver Slugger Award and finished fifth in the National League MVP voting. In that same season he broke the record for the most home runs hit in a season by a catcher (41). Lopez also caught Kent Mercker’s no-hitter on April 8, 1994. Currently, Javy ranks eighth in home runs (214) in Braves franchise history, and 5th in hits (1,148) and RBI (694) in Atlanta history.
Pursley served as assistant/head athletic trainer for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves for more than four decades, from 1961-2002. His dedication, loyalty and hard work earned him inductions into the Georgia and Indiana Sports Hall of Fames. He was also selected to work four All Star Games (1972, 83, 91, and 2000), won Athletic Training Staff of the Year in 1995, and was awarded the National Athletic Trainers Association Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2004. Dave is highly respected for his innovative ideas, holding patents on equipment to strengthen pitchers’ shoulders. He is a member of both the National Athletic Trainers Associations’ Hall of Fame and the Professional Baseball Athletic Training Society (PBATS) Hall of Fame.