Boston Doves

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Boston Doves: (Apr. 12, 1907-Oct. 12, 1910)

Team History[edit]

Between 1883 and 1911, the Boston Baseball Club was known as Boston or Bostons. Until 1906, the team was unofficially known as the Boston Beaneaters although starting in 1901, with the addition of the Boston Americans, the team was often referred to as the Boston Nationals. Following the 1906 season, long time Boston owner, Arthur Soden decided to get out of baseball, and sold the team to a group led by George Dovey and John Dovey. When the 1907 started the team did not sport its usual uniforms with the red trim. Instead the team had an all-white uniform. This along with the owners' last name being Dovey, prompted the press to dub the team "Doves". Unfortunately, the change in ownership as well as the change in name did not help. During the Dovey Brothers four years of ownership, the team did not win a pennant or even challenge for one. The average tenure of a Doves' manager during this time was only a year, though manager Frank Bowerman did not even last that long.

In June of 1909, owner George Dovey was riding a train in Ohio, when he died of a pulmonary hemorrhage. Brother John took over as president. Following the 1910 season, John sold the team to the team's Vice-Presiden, John Harris. Harris' tenure with the team lasted only a month before selling to a group led by William H. Russell. When the 1911 season opened, the team would be dubbed by the press the Boston Rustlers.


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