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The Braves are the only Major League Baseball franchise to have participated in every single season since professional baseball first began, boasting an extensive history filled with legendary teams, talented ballplayers and unforgettable moments. However, when sports talk show host Michael Clayton Harris attended a game at Truist Park recently he was reminded that Atlanta has an issue with Black communities as well. Winning would help, but won't solve everything. Chris Johnson Chris Johnson, a former All-Pro running back who has been in the NFL for 10 years. Over that span he has accomplished much and been awarded with numerous trophies; one such being being honored with the AP Offensive Player of the Year Award in 2014. It marked an extraordinary season when Chris rushed over 1,000 yards. Since then he has played one season for New York Jets before moving onto Arizona Cardinals for three consecutive campaigns. The Atlanta Braves have recently experienced difficulties, losing four games consecutively against Texas Rangers. These recent setbacks are of grave concern to fans as their lead in division race has narrowed considerably; hopefully things can turn around on Monday when they face them at Globe Life Park. Braves first baseman Matt Olson has struggled this year, batting just.165 through 22 games. But he may yet turn things around; recent signs indicate some improvement and it may be possible for him to improve his hitting in coming weeks. According to TMZ Sports, former All-Pro running back Chris Johnson has been linked with a murder-for-hire plot that resulted in two men's deaths in 2016. Johnson allegedly paid an unidentified Florida gangster (known as an "isolated Florida gangster") to kill those responsible for shooting at him and his friend back in 2015. Although Johnson has not been charged with any crime related to this incident, it has left him deeply affected. He managed to recover and resume his football career. On Fox's I Am Athlete program, he discussed the shooting and its effect on him and encouraged young people to think carefully before entering dangerous situations. Johnson is not only an NFL football player; he's also a father and business owner. He refers to his two sons as his "Twin Juices," frequently posting pictures of them with Honey on Instagram and encouraging their dream. Johnson himself also enjoys football; this passion drives his playing career as well. Tommy Helms Tommy Helms made his big league debut at Crosley Field on September 23 1964 as an unannounced pinch hitter for Joe Nuxhall; but righthander Jim Bunning struck him out before even taking to the plate! It was an astonishing debut, yet never got his chance at bat. However, the young shortstop from Leaksville, North Carolina did not give up baseball. By 1967 he had earned himself a regular spot with the Reds as second baseman - it suited him perfectly as it allowed for less striking out and improved fielding performance; plus his averaged hit climbed steadily up to.285. Helms was an instrumental player on the Reds' 1968 National League pennant-winning squad and earned All-Star Game selection. While only hitting three homers during his initial four seasons, he proved invaluable as an offensive and defensive asset at second base and earned Gold Glove awards both times around - 1970 and 1971 respectively. Cincinnati fans were initially upset to see Helms go, but it proved fruitful for both teams as Helms enjoyed two solid years in Houston before his abilities started dwindling. Helms played 1,435 games across 14 seasons for the Reds, Astros and Pirates; managed the Reds for part of two seasons from 1988 and 1989; has served on coaching staffs almost for two decades as an infield instructor, first base coach or interim manager; also owns vending machine business in his native North Carolina and co-owns sports memorabilia business with former Reds player Pete Whisenant; his wife lives in Leaksville where they raise cattle and horses while raising two sons and one grandson; while his teams have managed to move ahead of both of these teams by one game and half games behind in both cases from their National League opponents in terms of winning records compared with each team this season compared with this same point from both clubs in terms of total wins this year in total terms of success (both teams are tied) this season). Shag Crawford The Braves remain one game back of first place in the National League East, but need to break free of some recent poor trends. Being swept at home by Toronto Blue Jays was not ideal, but Atlanta should find relief next week in Tampa with another series. Atlanta can increase their standing with a victory against Philadelphia on Tuesday, giving them one game lead in their division race despite Phillies' recent surge to only five games back. Shag Crawford was the patriarch of an esteemed sports official family. From 1951-1977 he served in the Major Leagues, umpiring three World Series and two NL Championship Series and being known for his gruff personality and confrontational approach. Shag Crawford hailing from Pennsylvania had various jobs before becoming a Major League umpire in 1950. By trade he was a machinist; to supplement his income he umpired high school games to make extra cash and become full time umpire in 1950. Crawford was involved in one of baseball's most intense confrontations during 1965 when he served as umpire to an altercation between San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal and Los Angeles Dodgers catcher John Roseboro that broke out after one of Roseboro's return throws to Koufax had hit Marichal on the ear, sparking the melee. Crawford served as umpire between both parties until it eventually dissipated peacefully after some rough play on Crawford's part from both teams had escalated into full scale brawling between Marichal and Roseboro that involved all five teams during one inning before finally dispersing in full-scale fight among all five teams with Crawford in charge presiding. After two players began charging toward each other and their managers attempted to separate them, riot police were summoned and the game was delayed more than 20 minutes. Crawford later claimed the riot was caused by the players in his dugout engaging in aggressive language and behavior rather than by his handling of the situation. Longtime umpire John O'Sullivan worked over 3,000 Major League games over his 30-year career as an umpire, including three World Series and two NL Championship Series. When retired he enjoyed golfing and spending time with Jean, their two sons Jerry and Joe as well as spending time at his Philadelphia Glen Mills assisted living facility where he died on July 11 at 90 years old. Tony Perez Tony Perez was born May 14 1942 in Ciego de Avila, Cuba and left his job as a sugar factory employee at seventeen to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional baseball player. Despite criticism from family and peers for being underweight and lacking support from Cuba, he made the courageous decision to try making it in America. His first step toward realizing his goal was signing an amateur free agent contract with the Cincinnati Reds in 1958 as an amateur free agent. Over four seasons of minor-league development he made his major-league debut in July 1964 when manager Walter Alston promoted him full-time to start at first base alongside Gordy Coleman until 1967 when manager Walter Alston promoted Perez full time into starting lineup - becoming one of baseball's premier clutch hitters, featuring three 100 RBI seasons, two World Series championships and five All-Star seasons throughout his career. He was an integral member of the Big Red Machine, alongside Joe Morgan, Pete Rose and Johnny Bench. Their pitching staff included Don Gullett, Gary Nolan and Rawly Eastwick; defense was spearheaded by Bench, Morgan Dave Concepcion and Clay Carroll; while manager Sparky Anderson proved an expert behind the dugout. Perez was a reliable contributor, but what truly distinguished him was his power hitting and ability to drive in runs. From 1967-1976 he held the highest fWAR among National League first basemen during this 10-year span; during which time he drove 1,013 runners across home plate alone - no other first baseman managed more than half that total during this span! After 23 seasons in the majors, Perez retired as a player before remaining active in baseball as both coach and front office executive. He has since been honored with inductions into both the Reds Hall of Fame and Hispanic Heritage Baseball Hall of Fame; Victor and Eduardo Perez, his two sons are named in their honor.