Boston Rustlers

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Boston Rustlers: (Apr. 12-Oct. 9, 1911)

Team History[edit]

Between 1883 and 1911, the Boston Baseball Club was officially known as either Boston or the Bostons. Starting in 1901 with the addition of the Boston Americans the team was often referred to as the Boston Nationals. In December of 1910, owner John Harris sold the team to a group led by William Russell. During the 1911 season the team was often referred to as the Boston Rustlers due to Russell's last name. As the Rustlers, the franchise won no pennants, appeared in no playoffs or World Series in its lone season of play. In their only year as the Rustlers, the team was again led by manager Fred Tenney, who lead it to a record of 44-107-5, and a 8th-place finish in the National League. In November owner Russell died due to poor health. This prompted the owners to sell the team to a group led by John Ward and James Gaffney. Due to Gaffney's connections to Tammany Hall, the team would be nicknamed the Boston Braves.


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