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Boston Braves

  • Win-Loss Record: 2459-3005-55-1 (.450)
  • Ballparks: South End Grounds III: (1912-1914) 95-108-5 (.469); Fenway Park: (1914-1915) 52-24-3 (.677); Braves Field: (1915-1952) 1185-1229-21 (.491)
  • National League Pennants: 1914, 1948
  • World Series Title: 1914


[edit] History

The Boston Braves is the name under which the Boston, MA National League franchise which played from 1876 to 1952 is generally known, although it used a variety of official and unofficial names during the period.

Today's Atlanta Braves franchise started in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings of the National Association, then became the Boston Red Caps when the National League was formed 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 membership in Tammany Hall, whose symbol was an Indian, and not his last name. Gaffney liked the name and made it official. The team took a break from the 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 team's poor on-field fortunes as the Bees prompted a return to its more traditional name.

Starting in 1901, Boston's National League franchise was in competition with an American League club that would become known as the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox were a much more successful team than the Braves in the first two decades of the 20th Century, and while both teams fell on hard times afterwards, with a brief and simultaneous return to competitiveness in the late 1940s, the Red Sox bettered the Braves in securing the affection of New England's baseball fans, forcing the Braves to look for another location. The Braves moved to Milwaukee, WI for the 1953 season, and then to Atlanta, GA in 1966, where they are still based today.

[edit] Franchise Players

[edit] Seasonal Record

As the Boston Braves, the franchise won 2 pennants, appeared in 2 post-seasons, and won 1 World Series.

  • 1915
    • 2nd place finish, record: 83-69-5; manager: George Stallings.
  • 1916
    • 3rd place finish, record: 89-63-6-1; manager: George Stallings.
  • 1917
    • 6th place finish, record: 72-81-4; manager: George Stallings.
  • 1918
    • 7th place finish, record: 53-71; manager: George Stallings.
  • 1919
    • 6th place finish, record: 57-82-1; manager: George Stallings.
  • 1920
    • 7th place finish, record: 62-90-1; manager: George Stallings.
  • 1922
    • 8th place finish, record: 53-100-1; manager: Fred Mitchell.
  • 1923
    • 7th place finish, record: 54-100-1; manager: Fred Mitchell.
  • 1925
    • 5th place finish, record: 70-83; manager: Dave Bancroft.
  • 1926
    • 7th place finish, record: 66-86-1; manager: Dave Bancroft.
  • 1927
    • 7th place finish, record: 60-94-1; manager: Dave Bancroft.
  • 1931
    • 7th place finish, record: 64-90-2; manager: Bill McKechnie.
  • 1932
    • 5th place finish, record: 77-77-1; manager: Bill McKechnie.
  • 1933
    • 4th place finish, record: 83-71-2; manager: Bill McKechnie.
    • First winning record since 1921.
  • 1934
    • 4th place finish, record: 78-73-1; manager: Bill McKechnie.
  • 1935
    • 8th place finish, record: 38-115; manager: Bill McKechnie. To date this the worst record in franchise history.

In 1936 the team became the Boston Bees (1936-1940), before returning to the Boston Braves nickname in 1941.

  • 1941
    • 7th place finish, record: 62-92-2; manager: Casey Stengel.
  • 1942
    • 7th place finish, record: 59-89-2; manager: Casey Stengel.
  • 1943
    • 6th place finish, record: 68-85; manager: Casey Stengel and Bob Coleman.
  • 1944
    • 6th place finish, record: 65-89-1; manager: Bob Coleman.
  • 1947
    • 3rd place finish, record: 86-68; manager: Billy Southworth.
  • 1949
    • 4th place finish, record: 75-79-2; manager: Billy Southworth and Johnny Cooney.
  • 1950
    • 4th place finish, record: 83-71-2; manager: Billy Southworth.
  • 1951
    • 4th place finish, record: 76-78-1; manager: Billy Southworth and Tommy Holmes.

After the 1952 season, the team moved to Milwaukee, WI, becoming the Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965).

[edit] See also

The poem: Spahn & Sain and pray for rain [1]

[edit] Further Reading

  • Charles C. Alexander: The Miracle Braves, 1914–1916, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2015. ISBN 978-0-7864-7424-0
  • Harold Kaese: The Boston Braves, 1871-1953, Northeastern University Press, Boston, MA, 2004 (First published in 1948). [2]
  • Bill Nowlin, ed.: The Miracle Braves of 1914: Boston's Original Worst-to-First World Series Champions, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014. ISBN 978-1-933599-69-4
  • Bob Ruzzo: "Braves Field: An Imperfect History of the Perfect Ballpark", The Baseball Record Journal, SABR, Volume 41, Number 2 (Fall 2012), pp. 50-60.
  • Troy Soos: Before the Curse: The Glory Days of New England Baseball, 1858-1918, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2006.

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)
  • 136 Chronology
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