Braves Field

Braves Field Braves Field "The Wigwam" - Home of the Boston Braves - 1915 - 1952
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Braves Field was a ballpark that formerly stood on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts. The stadium was home to the Boston Braves, National League franchise from 1915–1952, when the team moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Significant portions of the original structure still stand in place, and make up part of the Nickerson Field sports complex.

Old-Time Baseball Photos
12/04/2019

Old-Time Baseball Photos

Another Edition of "Baseball Forgotten Stars"

All-Star Third Baseman Bob Elliott

“Bob Elliott made the 1948 Braves. He’s the old-time type who hits and plays his best in the clutch.” –Rogers Hornsby

Before I highlight the career of forgotten star Bob Elliott, here’s something that happened involving Elliott that I think you’ll find amusing.

In a game played at Sportsman’s Park on August 23, 1952, Elliott was ejected by umpire Augie Donatelli after Elliott kicked dirt on the umpire’s shoes protesting a called strike two. The Giants’ third baseman was replaced by Bobby Hofman to finish up the at-bat.

And guess what? In what may be a “baseball first,” – or better yet, a baseball “one-and-only" - Hofman was also thrown out of the game by Donatelli after he vehemently disputed the called strike three! Two players ejected in the same at-bat!

Bob Elliott definitely falls into the category of “good but not great.” He may be one of the best players most fans have never heard of. The 6-foot, 185-pound San Francisco native played 15 years in the major leagues (1939-1954) for the Pirates, Braves, Giants, Browns, and White Sox. Most of his success came with the Pirates and the Braves.

Over his career, the seven-time All-Star third baseman batted .289 with 170 home runs, 2061 hits, 1195 RBI, a .375 on-base percentage, and a .440 slugging average. His career OPS+ of 124 places him well above his major league contemporaries (100 being the major league average). Along with Pie Traynor, he was the second major league third baseman to have five seasons of 100 RBIs and he retired with the highest career slugging percentage (.440) of any National League third baseman.

Elliott contributed some of the greatest memories to the Braves' final years in Boston, winning the 1947 National League MVP Award while earning the nickname of "Mr. Team” for his clutch hitting. That year, he hit .317, with 22 home runs, and 113 RBIs, .410 on-base percentage, and .517 slugging average.

The following season, 1948, the Braves’ star led them to their second National League pennant of the 20th century, the first in 34 years, hitting .283 with 23 home runs, 100 RBIs .423 on-base percentage, and .474 slugging average. Known for his outstanding batting eye, he also led the league in walks with 131 while striking out only 57 times. Over his career, he struck out only 604 times in 8204 plate appearances. In the 1948 World Series, he hit .333 with two home runs and five RBIs.

He’s the holder of one of the greatest moments in Braves’ franchise history when his three-run home run off the Giants’ Larry Jansen clinched at least a tie for the 1948 National League pennant. A converted outfielder, he developed into a fine third baseman and led the league in assists three times and in putouts and double plays twice each. He ended his career among the league’s leaders in games played (8th), assists (7th), total chances (10th) and double plays (4th) at third base.

Following his major league career, he played and later managed the San Diego Padres in the Pacific Coast League. He also managed the Sacramento Solans, and in 1960 managed the Kansas City Athletics, his only major league managing opportunity. He was fired by new owner Charley Finley after a last-place finish and replaced by Joe Gordon. Elliott also coached for the expansion Los Angeles Angels in their first season.

For those of us who never saw him play, we can use Baseball Reference’s “Similarity Scores” to compare him with players we’re more familiar with. Bob Elliott’s career statistics compare favorably to Amos Otis, Minnie Minoso, Ken Griffey, Bobby Doerr, Cesar Cedano, and Carney Langsford.

Third base is the most underrepresented position in the Hall of Fame. A case can be made that Bob Elliott at least deserves consideration. Before you dismiss this notion out-of-hand, consider this: Of the 14 primarily third basemen already in the Hall, his stats compare favorably. If he was selected, out of the 14, he'd rank 10th in batting average, fifth in on-base percentage, 11th in slugging average, tenth in hits, eighth in home runs, ninth in RBIs, and tenth in runs. He'd be a very respectable middle-to-lower-tier member of the Hall among third basemen.

Bob Elliott passed away in 1966 aged 49 after suffering a ruptured vein in his windpipe. Let's take a moment to salute a fine ballplayer whose on-field accomplishments have largely been lost over the passage of time, Bob Elliott.

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Lost Ballparks
11/23/2019

Lost Ballparks

When built, the dimensions at Braves Field (Boston) were: 402 to left, 530 to center and 395 to right. The old box office and RF stands still exists on the campus of Boston University.

Boston Baseball History
11/09/2019

Boston Baseball History

November 9, 1950: Sam "The Jet" Jethroe, Boston Braves centerfielder (1950-1952) and the first African American to play professional baseball in Boston, is named the National League Rookie of the Year; at age 31, two months and 150 days, he remains the oldest player to be named Rookie-of-the-Year in either league.

Boston Braves
10/11/2019

Boston Braves

"Boston, Oct 1915 - Record crowds of over 40,000 for Games 3 & 4 of 1915 World Series showed why the Red Sox moved the games vs Philadelphia Phillies from Fenway Park to a more roomy Braves Field and this photo showed why you didn't starve if you were a hat maker back in the day." ~ Old-Time Baseball Photos on Twitter

Boston Braves
09/25/2019

Boston Braves

Dan
06/02/2019

Dan

August 15, 1947, Braves Field. Connie Ryan of the Braves is safe at home on a wild pitch by Joe Beggs of the Giants. Umpire Artie Gore makes the call. Boston wins the game 8-7 to improve to 60-52 on their way to 86 wins and a third place finish for the NL pennant.

Photo by the AP’s Abe Fox.

May 11, 1946: Braves Field hosts its first game under the lights | Society for American Baseball Research
05/12/2019
May 11, 1946: Braves Field hosts its first game under the lights | Society for American Baseball Research

May 11, 1946: Braves Field hosts its first game under the lights | Society for American Baseball Research

In their ongoing struggle to outdraw the Red Sox, their team's longtime rivals for the affections of New England baseball fans, owners of the Boston Braves usually finished on the losing end. Cavernous Braves Field, situated just off an unexciting stretch of automobile dealerships on Boston’s Comm...

When We Wore Fedoras
04/25/2019

When We Wore Fedoras

April 23, 1950 - At Braves Field, in the second of two games, the Boston Braves and Philadelphia Phillies start the match in daylight and finish under the lights, a first in the majors. The Phillies win, 6 - 5. Johnny Sain hurls the Braves to a 4 - 3 victory in the opener.

Dan
04/18/2019

Dan

70 years ago today.

The Braves Left a Trail in Boston
04/18/2019
The Braves Left a Trail in Boston

The Braves Left a Trail in Boston

The President of the Boston Braves Historical Association leads us on a walk down memory lane and demonstrates that while the Braves moved to Milwaukee in 1953, they left a legacy in Boston that li…

Opening Day line up for Boston Braves
04/09/2019
Opening Day line up for Boston Braves

Opening Day line up for Boston Braves

(l to r:) Boston Braves Opening Day lineup for the 1951 season - Roy Hartsfield, Sam Jethroe, Earl Torgeson, Bob Elliott, Sid Gordon, Ebba St. Claire, Bob Addis, Johnny Logan, and Vern Bickford on the dugout steps at Braves Field.

When We Wore Fedoras
03/21/2019

When We Wore Fedoras

March 20, 1915 - The Boston Braves break ground on Commonwealth Avenue and begin construction of Braves Field. Owner James E. Gaffney wants a large enough park so that inside-the-park homers can be hit in three directions. The field will open on August 18th

When We Wore Fedoras
03/19/2019

When We Wore Fedoras

March 18, 1953 - The Boston Braves are moving to Milwaukee .The Braves have been in Boston, MA for 77 years. In a related move, the minor league Milwaukee Brewers move to Toledo, Ohio, where they become the latest incarnation of the Toledo Mud Hens.

A sad day!
03/18/2019

A sad day!

"On this day in 1953, the Boston Braves are up on the New York Yankees 3-0 at Al Lang Field when in the 5th inning word comes to ballpark that the Braves transfer to Milwaukee has been approved. The next inning the Yankees rally for five runs and end up beating the Milwaukee Braves 5-3." ~ via Old-Time Baseball Photos

A sad day!
03/18/2019

A sad day!

"On this day in 1953, the Boston Braves are up on the New York Yankees 3-0 at Al Lang Field when in the 5th inning word comes to ballpark that the Braves transfer to Milwaukee has been approved. The next inning the Yankees rally for five runs and end up beating the Milwaukee Braves 5-3." ~ via Old-Time Baseball Photos

A sad day!
03/18/2019

A sad day!

"On this day in 1953, the Boston Braves are up on the New York Yankees 3-0 at Al Lang Field when in the 5th inning word comes to ballpark that the Braves transfer to Milwaukee has been approved. The next inning the Yankees rally for five runs and end up beating the Milwaukee Braves 5-3." ~ via Old-Time Baseball Photos

A sad day!
03/18/2019

A sad day!

"On this day in 1953, the Boston Braves are up on the New York Yankees 3-0 at Al Lang Field when in the 5th inning word comes to ballpark that the Braves transfer to Milwaukee has been approved. The next inning the Yankees rally for five runs and end up beating the Milwaukee Braves 5-3." ~ via Old-Time Baseball Photos

A sad day!
03/18/2019

A sad day!

"On this day in 1953, the Boston Braves are up on the New York Yankees 3-0 at Al Lang Field when in the 5th inning word comes to ballpark that the Braves transfer to Milwaukee has been approved. The next inning the Yankees rally for five runs and end up beating the Milwaukee Braves 5-3." ~ via Old-Time Baseball Photos

A sad day!
03/18/2019

A sad day!

"On this day in 1953, the Boston Braves are up on the New York Yankees 3-0 at Al Lang Field when in the 5th inning word comes to ballpark that the Braves transfer to Milwaukee has been approved. The next inning the Yankees rally for five runs and end up beating the Milwaukee Braves 5-3." ~ via Old-Time Baseball Photos

A sad day!
03/18/2019

A sad day!

"On this day in 1953, the Boston Braves are up on the New York Yankees 3-0 at Al Lang Field when in the 5th inning word comes to ballpark that the Braves transfer to Milwaukee has been approved. The next inning the Yankees rally for five runs and end up beating the Milwaukee Braves 5-3." ~ via Old-Time Baseball Photos

Boston Braves
02/28/2019

Boston Braves

"Boston Braves Issue (Baseball Magazine - February 1915) The '14 World Series champion 'Miracle Braves' sure had some great uniforms!" ~ Baseball by BSmile

Boston Braves
02/21/2019

Boston Braves

Braves in Florida, 1949.

01/25/2019
Baseball by BSmile

Spahn!

Today In 1973: Warren Spahn is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame! The thirteen time 20-game winner receives 316 out of 380 votes (83.2%)

A great addition to a #RealBraves household.
10/22/2018
Boston Braves

A great addition to a #RealBraves household.

Get 'em while they're hot.

When We Wore Fedoras
08/19/2018

When We Wore Fedoras

August 18, 1915 - The new Braves Field opens in Boston. An estimated 46,500 jam the park to see the Braves and Dick Rudolph beat the Cards, 3 - 1.
(More on this later)

Dirty Old Boston
07/20/2018

Dirty Old Boston

All-Star Game Day, baseball on the brain. 1915 outside the brand new Braves Field. Sox v Philly in the '15 Series. The Sox and Braves both called Fenway home for most of 1915 until the Braves moved into their new ballpark in August. When the Red Sox reached the World Series in October, the team temporarily left Fenway Park for the bigger Braves Field and won their third World Series Championship. Men with hats await a game. No girls allowed apparently. Photo from contributor Steve Cabral.

Old-Time Baseball Photos on Twitter
06/18/2018
Old-Time Baseball Photos on Twitter

Old-Time Baseball Photos on Twitter

“Braves Field, Boston ca 1949 - At one time this ballpark was the biggest stage in baseball holding 40,000 when it opened in 1915. After Braves bailed for Milwaukee in 1953, Boston University bought the ballpark renaming it Nickerson Field, the bleacher in the photo still stands”

Boston Braves
06/06/2018

Boston Braves

Wes Schulmerich, Braves Field, 1932 ~ Via Fenway Photoshop on Twitter

So much history!
05/23/2018

So much history!

"Braves Field, Boston, 10/9/16 - 47,373 are on hand to see Red Sox hurler Babe Ruth pitch an epic 14-inning masterpiece in Game 2 of 1916 World Series vs Brooklyn Robins. Ruth gave up a 1st inning inside-the-park HR to Hi Meyers and then pitched 13 scoreless innings for a 2-1 win." ~ Via Old-Time Baseball Photos

When We Wore Fedoras
04/25/2018

When We Wore Fedoras

April 23, 1950 - At Braves Field, in the second of two games, the Boston Braves and Philadelphia Phillies start the match in daylight and finish under the lights, a first in the majors. The Phillies win, 6 - 5. Johnny Sain hurls the Braves to a 4 - 3 victory in the opener.

April 14, 1925: First radio broadcast from Braves Field | Society for American Baseball Research
04/15/2018
April 14, 1925: First radio broadcast from Braves Field | Society for American Baseball Research

April 14, 1925: First radio broadcast from Braves Field | Society for American Baseball Research

The first radio broadcast at Braves Field took place on April 14, 1925. The WBZ broadcast was believed to be the “First Time Radio Fans Have Been Given Such a Treat, Other Than During the World’s Series,” wrote the Springfield (Massachusetts) Republican.1 Both the pregame ceremony and the game...

Boston Braves
04/09/2018

Boston Braves

"Braves Field, Boston, ca 1919 - Good view of RF bleachers nicknamed 'Jury Box' by a sportswriter after counting just 12 fans sitting in it. Dimensions were so huge (400' down lines and 500' to center) it took 10 years after ballpark opened before someone hit a HR over the fence" ~ Via Old-Time Baseball Photos

Braves Field opening day.
03/29/2018
Gov. Joseph B. Ely throws out first ball at Braves opener

Braves Field opening day.

File name: 08_06_009240 Title: Gov. Joseph B. Ely throws out first ball at Braves opener Creator/Contributor: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967 (photographer) Date created: 1932-04 Physical description: 1 negative : glass, black & white ; 4 x 5 in. Genre: Glass negatives; Portrait photographs Subjects: Ely,....

Braves mascot with dignitaries
03/29/2018
Braves mascot with dignitaries

Braves mascot with dignitaries

File name: 08_06_027398 Title: Braves mascot with dignitaries Creator/Contributor: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967 (photographer) Date created: 1950 - 1952 (approximate) Physical description: 1 negative : film, black & white ; 4 x 5 in. Summary: Boston Braves Indian chief mascot with Braves owner Lou Perin...

Braves Field
03/17/2018

Braves Field

Braves Field's cover photo
03/17/2018

Braves Field's cover photo

https://sullybaseball.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/the-corner-of-braves-field-and-harry-agganis-boston-university-campus-201...
03/11/2018
The corner of Braves Field and Harry Agganis, Boston University Campus, 2016 – Sully Baseball Daily Photo at Noon for March 9, 2018

https://sullybaseball.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/the-corner-of-braves-field-and-harry-agganis-boston-university-campus-2016-sully-baseball-daily-photo-at-noon-for-december-5-2018/

Not a lot of evidence remains of the Braves in Boston. The city is so associated with the Red Sox that the idea of any other team holding court in New England seems almost blasphemous. But on the c…

Boston Braves
02/07/2018

Boston Braves

Babe Ruth at the plate for the Boston Braves against catcher Al Lopez & the Brooklyn Dodgers, Braves Field, 1935. ~ Fenway Photoshop

YES!
02/07/2018

YES!

Pitchers and catchers report next week.

Boston Braves
01/26/2018

Boston Braves

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