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Boston Bees:

  • Win-Loss Record: 355-406-5 (.467)
  • Ballpark: Braves Field (1936-1940) 195-181-2 (.519)

[edit] Team History

The Boston Bees were a short-lived incarnation of the Boston Braves, which lasted from 1936 to 1940.

The National League Atlanta Braves franchise started in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings of the National Association, became the Boston Red Caps with the formation of the National League in 1876.

They were know by a variety of unofficial names in their first few decades, including the Boston Beaneaters starting in 1883, then the Boston Doves in 1907, and the Boston Rustlers in 1911, those last two names being derived from the last name of their owner at the time. In 1912, journalists began to use the name Boston Braves, also derived from their owner, James Gaffney, although it was a reference to his political background and not his last name. Gaffney liked the name and made it official.

The team took a break from the Boston Braves nickname from 1936 to 1940, playing as the Boston Bees before returning to the Braves name in 1941. The Braves had been losing fans and games in profusion during the 1920s and the first half of the 1930s and, seeking to reverse the trend, prior to the start of the 1936 season, team President Bob Quinn asked fans to select the new team nickname. The name chosen was the Bees, but it did not catch on, especially as the team's on-field fortunes were no better than under its more traditional name.

As the Boston Bees, the franchise won no pennants, appeared in no playoffs or World Series.

[edit] Other Sources

  • Peter Filichia: Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebrations of All 273 Major League and Negro League Ballparks Past and Present, Addison Wesley Publishing Company (March 1993)
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