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It’s no surprise that Turner, usually a maverick, wanted to avoid problems with the game’s establishment. His aggressive pursuit of free agent Gary Matthews after the 1976 season had brought a one-year suspension from baseball, a penalty that was delayed when Turner appealed.

Surprisingly perhaps, Turner’s players supported his managerial effort, though he probably couldn’t have explained the infield fly rule or given a sign.

“Ted’s the best owner in baseball, and the other owners are trying to blackball him from the game,” pitcher Andy Messersmith told The Post. “They’re loving this nosedive we’re in because they can say, ‘See, you can’t have fun playing baseball, you can’t be loose, you can’t be interested in the fans and the players before the profits.’”

Turner’s brief fling at managing brought him almost as much attention as would his victory with Courageous in the America’s Cup yacht races later that year. A year afterward, he explained his baseball motivation in a Playboy Interview.

“I figured if I could just get down in the dugout with some authority, I might find out what was wrong. When things are going bad, there are 10,000 guys in the stands who think, ‘If I could just take over this ballclub for a while, I’d straighten them out.’ But Kuhn said I couldn’t manage again. I asked him if it was OK if I went and managed in the minors for a year and really learned how to do it. He said, ‘Nope.’”

The interviewer asked how Turner had managed — pun intended — to alienate almost all of his fellow owners.

“They didn’t like some of the other things I did at the ballpark. One time last year, I just decided to run out with the ballgirl when she went out to sweep the bases between innings. I swept the bases, then did a flip at third base. … You want to know why I bought the Braves? Because the stadium is one big playpen where I can have 53,000 of my friends over for a little fun.”

Turner’s idea of a “little fun” also included racing an ostrich around the ballpark and pushing a baseball from first base to the plate with his nose. Not even Bill Veeck, a previously flamboyant owner who rankled his peers, went that far.

Eventually, Turner got serious and began turning the Braves over to people who were winners. First Stan Kasten and then John Schuerholz brought some order to the front office. The Braves remained mostly out of contention, except for a National League West title under Joe Torre in 1982, but Bobby Cox returned for his second stint as Atlanta manager in 1990 and soon began his ongoing 16-year reign that has produced 13 straight divisional titles.

With his usual lack of restraint, Turner anointed the Braves as “America’s Team” when TBS, his cable “superstation,” began telecasting their games nationwide in the early ‘80s. But he began losing control of the Braves and Hawks in the late 1990s after Turner Broadcasting merged with Time Warner and subsequently with AOL.

Now, at 66, the former Captain Outrageous — listed sedately as “R.E. Turner” — serves on the board of directors of the Braves and stays out of the spotlight even though the club’s ballpark (built as a venue for the 1996 Olympic Games) is named after him. But still remembered is his comment some years after his abortive attempt that “managing isn’t that difficult — all you have to do is score more runs than the other guy.”

That sounds like something Casey Stengel or Yogi Berra might say, which puts Ted Turner in pretty good baseball company.