Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fans Remember Boston Braves Every October

Boston, Massachusetts
Tenant: Boston Braves Opened: August 18, 1915 First night game: May 11, 1946
Last game: September 21, 1952 Current status: Converted for soccer
Capacity: 40,000

Braves Field was the last and largest of the first wave of concrete-and-steel ballparks built between 1909 and 1915. Owner James Gaffney built a wide open ballpark conducive to inside-the-park home runs. A covered single-deck grandstand seating 18,000 wrapped around the diamond from well down each foul line. Two uncovered pavilions seating 10,000 apiece occupied the areas just past the grandstand up to the foul poles. The jury box, as it was called after a sportswriter noticed during a game that only 12 spectators were sitting in the section, seated 2,000 and was located in right field.

With the advent of the lively ball, baseball became a game of over-the-fence home runs for which Braves Field was ill equipped. So, in 1928 the fences were moved in and subsequently tweaked for years thereafter. After the Braves left in 1953, Boston University purchased the property, converted it for football and changed its name to Nickerson Field, where the B.U.

Terriers played football until 1997. Field hockey and soccer games as well as commencement ceremonies are still held there. The old right-field pavilion has been incorporated into Nickerson's seating arrangement. The left field pavilion was replaced by an arena and the grandstand was replaced by three high-rise dormitory buildings. The first base ticket office and the concrete outer wall in right and center field are still standing.

Boston Braves Fans Remember Team every October Video:

Greg Wayland, NECN: Boston, MA - Sixty years ago this month, they were in the World Series. Five years later they left Boston forever -- first for Milwaukee, then for Atlanta. But fans of the old Boston Braves remember their team every October.
The Baseball Head Says: It is great to see that those who were in Boston in 1952 remember the National League Boston braves. It is a shame that Boston is not blessed with two MLB teams. We have been robbed of seeing the greats and near greats who only pass thru NL Cities thru the years. Aaron, Mayes, Gibson, Rose, Bench and others only made passing trips thru Boston. We got robbed....plain and simple. Braves Field would be filled every day -- IF NL Baseball stayed in Bean Town

This video is vintage Boston Baseball. Hope you enjoy it. Also, here is some Boston braves trivia:

Braves Field Trivia:

*Infield grass was transplanted from the old South End Grounds (III).
*Originally, there was a ground-level scoreboard in left field.
*Prevailing winds blew straight in from center field, preventing many home runs.
*In 1915 and 1916 the Boston Red Sox played their World Series games here.
*The scoreboard was moved in 1928 to the rear of right field.
*From 1936 to April 29, 1941 the ballpark was called the Bee Hive.
*Fir trees were planted beyond the center field fence to mask smoke from the nearby railroad.
*In 1948, a 68-foot scoreboard was added in left field.
*Boston University purchased the field in the 1950s and put in a football field from the first base dugout to right-center.
*A plaque placed on the site in 1988 recounts the history of the park.
*Hosted the 1936 All-Star game.

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