May 11, 1977: Pittsburgh, PA
The Pirates had just swept the Braves in a doubleheader the day before, extending their dreaded losing streak to 16 games, and team owner Ted Turner doesn't like losing. His Braves were now 8-21, so he approaches manager Dave Bristol and tells him, "Take 10 days off. I'll manage the team."
Right out of the blue, without telling anyone, Ted Turner, billionaire media mogul and owner of the Atlanta Braves, decides he can deduce why his team sucks so bad by adding "field manager" to his resume. No one, not even commissioner Bowie Kuhn or NL President Chub Feeney, were aware of Ted's machinations. The whole team was in shock. What could Ted possibly know about managing a baseball team?
Ted recruited two Braves coaches, Vern Benson and Chris Cannizzaro, to help him. Fortunately, he didn't have to do much: Phil Niekro and John Candelaria were locked in a low-scoring contest, and Ted didn't have to use a pinch-hitter until the ninth inning.
Unfortunately, the Braves lost their 17th in a row by a 2-1 score. The next day, commissioner Kuhn informed Ted that anyone who owned stock in a team was forbidden to manage it. Vern Benson would manage the following game, breaking the losing streak before Dave Bristol returned to the helm.
The Braves would finish the season 61-101 with a second straight last-place finish.