It’s remarkable to me that to so very many young people around here, the Braves are the team that won all those division titles under Bobby Cox. To a great many of us, the Braves were a perpetually awful team that weren’t underachievers as much as they were just really awful. The Braves were this awful team that we loved and watched every single night on WTBS. They were Skip Caray, Peter Van Weiren and Ernie Johnson.
Whenever I look at an Ernie Johnson card, I feel an odd sensation. It’s hard to connect the kindly old man in the broadcasting booth to the man who won a World Series ring with the Milwaukee Braves. I’m glad that I have so many vintage cards, specifically so I can see cards of guys like Ernie.