Ernie Johnson, Sr.
1924 - 2011
Ernie Johnson was born in Brattleboro, Vermont and came to Atlanta in 1965,a year ahead of the team moving from Milwaukee. He set up the Braves Radio Network across the southeast and became a friend to many Georgia broadcasters. He traveled extensively across the state speaking to civic groups and promoting the Braves. Johnson was instrumental in helping Pete Van Wieren get his first major league job with the Braves. He was inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame in 2001, received three regional Emmys, and was named Georgia Sportscaster of the Year three times. On September 2, 1989, at a time when attendance for home games was lowest in the league, 42, 000 fans showed up for Ernie Johnson Night (when he retired) at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. They came to say "thank you and so long for now".
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