Boston Bees

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Boston Bees: (Apr. 14, 1936-Apr. 20, 1941)

  • Win-Loss Record: 355-406-5 (.467)
  • Ballpark: National League Park aka the Beehive (1936-1941) 195-181-2 (.519)

Team History[edit]

The Boston Bees were a short-lived incarnation of the Boston Braves, which lasted from 1936 to 1940. In previous years the team had been known as the Boston Red Stockings, Boston Red Caps, Boston Beaneaters, Boston Doves and Boston Rustlers. At various times in the team's early years, the team was known as either Boston, Bostons or even the Boston Nationals. Starting 1912 and running for almost a quarter of a century, the team was known as the Braves. The team had been losing fans and games in profusion during the 1920s and the first half of the 1930s. Following the team's most disastrous season to date, Braves' President Bob Quinn asked fans to select the new team nickname. The new name was announced on January 31, 1936 as the Bees. Braves Field was renamed National League Park, but would be popularly referred to as the Beehive.

As the Boston Bees, the franchise won no pennants, appeared in no playoffs or World Series. The team's best record in terms of wins and losses came in 1937 when the team finished 79-73 record. Percentage wise, the team's best year was in 1938 when the team finished with a .507 record and a second straight fifth place finish. Unfortunately, the team name was not quite that popular, and the name change brought little success. The name would last until early in the 1941 season when the team was sold to a syndicate headed by Louis Perini. The Boston Bees were the last time the team would change nicknames.

Other Sources[edit]

  • 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)
  • William J. Craig: A History of the Boston Braves: A Time Gone, the History Press, 2012
  • Harold Kaese: Boston Braves, 1871-1953, UPNE, 1948
  • Charlie Bevis: Red Sox vs. Braves in Boston: The Battle for Fans' Hearts, 1901-1952, McFarland, Sep 15, 2017