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Boston Braves

1871-1952

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The franchise that is now the Atlanta Braves, after a 13-year stopover in Milwaukee, is the longest continuously active club in baseball history. A charter member of the National Association, the first professional league, the team called itself the Boston Red Stockings because manager Harry Wright and three other members of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball's first pro team, were on the original club in 1871. They finished first four straight years (1872-75) and continued in the National League when that organization supplanted the NA in 1876.
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Boston won eight NL pennants before the end of the 19th century, becoming known as the Beaneaters in the process. The 20th century wasn't as kind to the team, which finally assumed the familiar Braves name. Boston did make history in 1914 when the "Miracle Braves" took less than two months to go from last to first in the second half of the season and proceeded to stun the Athletics in the World Series, becoming in the process the first team to successfully utilize platooning. Financial difficulties took their toll over the next thirty years, as the Braves finished over .500 only five times from 1917 through 1945, but contractor Lou Perini bought the franchise for 1946. With a turnover of personnel on the field and in the front office, the team won the NL pennant in 1948, but declining attendance resulted in the move to Milwaukee only five years later. Babe Ruth hit his final home runs in a Boston Braves uniform in 1935, and Casey Stengel managed the club during the lean years of the late 1930s and early 1940s. (SH)
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
» May 19, 1893: Held scoreless for the first eight innings, both Brooklyn and the Boston Beaneaters score three runs in the 9th to send the game into extra innings. Boston's Billy Nash hits the ball over the LF fence in the bottom of the 9th, but he stays on 3B "to bother the pitcher." The tactic works, as Nash does score. Both teams score one run in the 10th—Boston scoring on another Nash blow over the LF fence, which he runs out this time. Boston finally claims the game after a 12-inning struggle 5–4.

» March 8, 1900: At the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York, the National League meets and votes to go with eight teams. They pay the Baltimore owners $30,000 for their franchise, with Charles Ebbets and Ned Hanlon reserving the right to sell the players. Cleveland, Louisville, and Washington receive $10,000 each, and Louisville owner Barney Dreyfuss sends most of his players to his Pittsburgh team. The circuit will remain the same for 53 years, until the Boston Braves move to Milwaukee in 1953.

» July 25, 1900: The Boston Beaneaters score 13 runs in the first inning against the Cardinals on 10 hits, including two triples by Buck Freeman, and four errors. The game is shortened by rain after six innings and Boston wins, 18–5.

» July 10, 1901: The Boston Nationals rap out 15 hits in 12 innings against Pittsburgh, but fail to score. The Pirates finally push over a run to win 1-0. Boston sets a record for most hits, no runs.

» August 12, 1903: In the 2nd game at Boston, Boston Nationals Joe Stanley clouts his first major league homer, a grand slam off Chicago's Jock Menefee. Stanley will hit his second career homer in 1905, again a grand slam. Boston wins, 11-10, with Pop Williams beating Menefee. Chicago wins the opener, 7-4, with slow Bob Wicker outpitching Togie Pittinger.

» August 26, 1903: The Boston Beaneaters drive Christy Mathewson from the mound with five runs in the 6th to take a 6-5 lead over the Giants and hold on to win by that score. When Roger Bresnahan is called out at home in the 9th New York and John McGraw and Gilbert lead the argument against August Moran. Moran tosses them for their troubles. New York wins the nitecap, 3-2, in 10 innings.

» April 17, 1904: The Brooklyn Superbas play their first Sunday game at home, beating the Boston Beaneaters, 9-0, behind Oscar Jones. To circumvent Sunday Blue Laws, no admission is charged, but fans must buy scorecards to enter the grandstand and box seats.

» May 9, 1904: Chicago's Jake Weimer allows just two hits in beating the Boston Nationals, 6-0.

» June 6, 1905: The Reds send little-used (2 at bats) C Gabby Street to the Boston Nationals. Boston will only play Street in three games before sending him back to Cincinnati on July 30.

» January 12, 1906: The owners of the Boston Beaneaters reject a $250,000 offer for the team, which is destined to finish last again.

» May 19, 1906: The Boston Beaneaters begin a record four straight shutout losses, losing today 15-0. It's 8-0 on 21st; 1-0 on 22nd; 5-0 on 23rd.

» June 9, 1906: A 19-game losing streak ends for the Boston Beaneaters (NL) with a 6-3 win over the Cardinals.

» June 11, 1906: At Boston, the Boston Beaneaters Dave Brain makes a ML record 5 errors at 3B, and his teammates makes another 6 to help the St. Louis Cardinals post an 8–1 win. The 11 errors ties the NL record set by the Cardinals on April 19, 1902.

» August 2, 1906: While the Athletics, crippled by injuries, falter, Doc White launches the White Sox on a 19-game winning streak (longest in AL history) with a 3-0 win over Boston. The streak, interrupted only by a 0-0 tie with New York, catapults Chicago from 4th place to first in 10 days. Doc White wins six of the 19; Ed Walsh, 7. Boston, too, starts a more dubious streak of four straight shutout losses. They lose tomorrow, 4-0, 1-0 on the 4th, and 4-0 on the 6th. This ties the mark set earlier in the year by the Boston Nationals, and no team will top them.

» September 8, 1906: Boston Nationals Irv Young acts like Cy, allowing just Sherry Magee's safety in a one-hitter against the Phillies.

» October 3, 1906: A syndicate headed by Art Soden sells the last place Boston Beaneaters (NL) to George and John Dovey for $75,000. The Dovey brothers will change the name of the team to the Doves, but retain manager Fred Tenney, who helped with the sale.

» May 8, 1907: Frank Pfeffer of the Boston Doves pitches a 6-0 no-hitter against the Reds. He will be known as "Big Jeff" until his younger, and bigger, brother Ed "Jeff" Pfeffer becomes a star hurler for Brooklyn in 1913.

» August 11, 1907: In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, shortened to seven innings by prior agreement, St. Louis Cardinals' Ed Karger pitches a perfect game 4-0 against the Boston Doves.

» September 5, 1908: Nap Rucker pitches a no-hitter for Brooklyn against the Boston Doves 6-0, striking out 14 and walking none. Three runners reached 1B on errors. The Doves send up three righty pinch hitter in the 9th to no avail. The 14 strikeouts tops the previous NL high this season of 12, held by Rucker and Christy Mathewson.

» June 19, 1909: Boston Doves co-owner and president George Dovey, 48, dies suddenly while on a scouting trip in Ohio. His brother John takes over the presidency.

» June 22, 1909: The National League postpones its games for today because of the funeral of George Dovey, co-owner of the Boston Nationals with his brother John. Pittsburgh owner Barney Dreyfuss is one of the honorary pall bearers for the funeral in Philadelphia.

» July 16, 1909: The Phillies send righthanded pitchers Buster Brown and Lew Richie and 2B Dave Shean to the Boston Nationals for OF Johnny Bates and INF Charlie Starr.

» September 6, 1909: In the holiday doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, the Boston Doves take the opener, 2-0 and New York wins the nitecap, 5-4. Christy Mathewson wins his own game for the Giants with a 10th inning triple to score Admiral Schlei.

» February 1, 1910: Chicago (National League) acquires OF Ginger Beaumont from the Boston Braves for OF Fred Liese.

» May 19, 1910: The Boston Doves beat the Pirates , 6–3, for the first time in 26 tries.

» May 23, 1910: The Reds Dode Paskert steals 2B, 3B, and home in the first inning against the Boston Doves (Braves). Dode's score is the difference as the Reds win, 65.

» May 13, 1911: At Hilltop Park, Fred Merkle has six RBIs in one inning—on a double and a Fred Merkle inside-the-park home run—as the Giants tee off on three St. Louis pitchers for 13 runs in the first inning, including seven before an out is recorded. Merkle adds a 3-run double in the inning and then scores the last run on the front end of a successful double steal. The spree ties a first inning major-league record enjoyed by the Boston Beaneaters against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1900, and it remains a Giants club record through the 20th century. John McGraw decides to save starter Christy Mathewson for another day and lifts him after one inning, but the official scorer credits Matty with the win. McGraw wants to give Marquard some experience in pitching without pressure and brings in Rube to finish. He works the last eight innings and strikes out 14, setting a 20th century National League record, and a since broken ML record, for strikeouts by a reliever: Walter Johnson will K 15 batters in 1913 and Randy Johnson will match it in 2001, while Denny McLain will rack up 14 in 1965. The Giants roll, 19–5, pinning the loss on Harry Sallee.

» June 7, 1911: After two years on the vaudeville circuit with his wife Mabel Hite, and occasional sojourns to jail for drunkenness and assault, "Turkey Mike" Donlin is reinstated by the National Commission. He rejoins the Giants, but John McGraw's willingness to put up with him ceases after 12 games, and the .333 lifetime hitter is traded to the last-place NL Boston Rustlers.

» June 26, 1911: In Philadelphia, Grover Alexander shuts out Boston Rustlers, 5–0. Phillies' catcher/manager Red Dooin suffers a broken leg in a collision at home. Dooin will play in only 74 games that season. The speedy catcher had broken his knee the year before.

» July 17, 1911: Boston Braves infielder Buck Herzog and OF Doc Miller fail to show up for a game and are suspended by the club. After a conference with the club president, they rejoin the team. John McGraw, anxious to retrieve former Giant Herzog to shore up a weak infield, will swap C Hank Gowdy and SS Al Bridwell to Boston for Herzog on the 21st.

» August 16, 1911: In the 4th inning,, Wildfire Schulte busts his record 4th grand slam of the season to help the Cubs maul the Boston Rustlers, 13–6. Pitching, it's Brown over Brown as Mordecai tops Buster.

» November 25, 1911: William Russell, head of the syndicate that owns the Boston Nationals, dies. No doubt helping his demise was watching his team finish the season with a winning percentage of .291. John Montgomery Ward, along with New Yorkers James Gaffney and John Carroll, will purchase 945 of the 1000 shares for $177,000. The team, known as the Rustlers after William Russell, will start next season as the Braves.

» December 13, 1911: The Boston Rustlers (formerly the Doves) are bought by New York politician James E. Gaffney and former player, now attorney, John Montgomery Ward. The team will be called the Braves because of Gaffney's Tammany Hall connections.

» February 11, 1914: Declining to remain with the Cubs as a player after being fired as manager, Johnny Evers is traded to the Boston Braves for 2B Bill Sweeney. Evers will have one good season left, leading the Miracle Braves to the pennant and willing the Chalmers Award for MVP. Sweeney will sour in Chicago.

» July 7, 1914: In an exhibition game in Buffalo, the Bisons (IL) humiliate the Boston Braves, 10–2.

» October 9, 1914: The Boston Braves go into the World Series as underdogs, despite their strong finish. Only one regular, LF Joe Connolly, hit .300. Their strengths are pitchers Dick Rudolph, George "Lefty" Tyler, and "Seattle Bill" James, 2B Johnny Evers, who wins Chalmers' final MVP automobile, and SS Rabbit Maranville, their cleanup hitter. The Philadelphia A's Eddie Collins, with a .344 BA, wins the Chalmers AL award with 63 of 64 possible points. The A's have seven pitchers with 10 or more wins, led by Chief Bender's 17–3. Bender's World Series magic is quickly dispelled as the Braves knock him out in the 6th. Rudolph coasts to a 5-hit 7–1 victory. Hank Gowdy has a single, double, and triple. He will hit a World Series record .545, and Evers, .438. Only Babe Ruth will top Gowdy with .625 in 1928. Bender makes his last World Series appearance, finishing with a record 59 strikeouts.

» October 6, 1915: The Boston Braves end the season with by shutting out the Giants in a doubleheader in New York, winning the opener 1–0 behind Tom Hughes and taking the nitecap by the same score. Pat Ragan is the winner. The Giants finish in last place, but are just 21 games behind the league leader, the closest an 8th place team will finish in major league history.

» January 8, 1916: Profiting handsomely on his 1913 investment of $187,000, owner James E. Gaffney sells his Boston Braves for $500,000 to Harvard's famous football coach, Percy Haughton, and a banker associate.

» August 1, 1917: The Reds purchase Sherry Magee from the Boston Braves.

» June 17, 1918: The National Commission rules that P Scott Perry, who has been winning games for the Athletics, belongs to the Boston Braves. Although purchased by the Braves from Atlanta in 1917, the deal was not completed. While on Atlanta's ineligible list, he was sold to Connie Mack. Aroused by Perry's AL success, the Braves enter their proper claim. Mack breaks precedent, goes outside organized baseball to civil court, and gets an injunction against Boston. The NL, having sat still for the loss of George Sisler, is furious; President John K. Tener resigns. John Heydler succeeds him and arranges a compromise solution: Mack pays Boston $2,500 and keeps Perry (henceforth a loser). The clubs' anger at player-allocation decisions will ultimately topple the National Commission, making way for Judge K.M. Landis.

» February 20, 1923: Christy Mathewson becomes president of the Boston Braves after buying the club for $300,000 with New York attorney Judge Emil Fuchs and Bostonian James McDonough. The deal does not include Braves Field, which still belongs to James Gaffney. There are also 85 minority stockholders.

» October 7, 1925: Christy Mathewson dies of tuberculosis at Saranac Lake, NY, at the age of 45. At the time of his death he was part owner and president of the Boston Braves.

» September 3, 1927: Doc Gautreau of the Boston Braves steals home twice in a game against Brooklyn to tie the major-league record. This feat will not be repeated until Vic Power does it in 1958.

» February 3, 1928: SS Jimmy Cooney gets to spend his last ML season with his brother Johnny Cooney when the Cards sell him to the Boston Braves.

» May 4, 1928: At Pittsburgh, the Boston Braves beat Ray Kremer and the Pirates, 5–4, in 11 innings. Kremer is matched by Ed Brandt who also goes 11 frames. For Kremer, it is his first loss at home after 22 wins, a major-league record for consecutive wins at home that won't be matched in the 20th century.

» April 9, 1930: Burleigh Grimes, veteran spitballer in a contract dispute with the Pirates, is sold to the Boston Braves. Boston later trades Grimes to the Cardinals, the eventual pennant winner.

» August 10, 1930: Before 45,000 fans, the Cubs sweep two from the Boston Braves at Wrigley to move a game in back of Brooklyn. Hack Wilson drives home seven runs on three homers, the last his 39th, to back up Charlie Root's 3-hit shut out in the opener. The Cubs win 6–0 beating Bob Smith. Pat Malone completes the sweep. twirling a 5-hitter to beat Bruce Cunningham, 11–1, in the nitecap.

» December 13, 1930: The 15-year career of George Sisler ends as the Boston Braves release him. A lifetime .340 hitter who twice led the American League with averages above .400, Sisler would be among the first to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, enshrined in 1939.

» January 26, 1931: The Boston Braves release veteran pitcher Johnny Cooney. He had held out in 1930, insisting he could bat well enough to stay in baseball. After several years in the minors, he will return to the National League as a Braves OF and be runner-up to NL batting champ Pete Reiser in 1940.

» May 30, 1931: Despite the Baker Bowl's reputation as a home run haven, no one had hit a ball over the stadium wall since 1922. But Wally Berger, Boston Braves slugger, clears it in a 10–9 loss to the Phillies.

» December 29, 1932: The Boston Braves buy Giants C Shanty Hogan for $25,000.

» June 7, 1934: At the Polo Grounds, the Giants score six runs in the 8th to whip the Boston Braves, 14–5. Johnny Vergez collects a home run and double in the inning, while Ott clouts two homers and drives home four runs in the game.

» February 26, 1935: Babe Ruth is released by the Yankees to sign with the Boston Braves for $20,000 and a share in the team's profits.

» March 20, 1935: At St. Petersburg, the Cards set a spring training record, drawing 6,467 in a match against the Boston Braves. The big draw is Babe Ruth, who hits a towering fly against Dizzy Dean, then, after Diz departs, laces two doubles into the overflowing crowd. The Cards win, 5–4.

» July 31, 1935: Judge Emil Fuchs, president of the Boston Braves since 1925, forfeits his majority stock and retires.

» September 22, 1935: The Boston Braves lose their 110th game for a new NL record, dropping a pair to the Phils, 7–5 and 4–3. Timely homers by Johnny Moore and Watkins win the games for the Quakers. The Braves will lose 115, which remains the record until the 1962 expansion New York Mets lose 120 in a 162-game schedule. The Braves winning percentage of .248 is a 20th Century low in the NL.

» November 26, 1935: The National League takes over the bankrupt, last-place Boston Braves franchise after several failed attempts to buy the club. The league takes over only temporarily, until matters can be straightened out.

» January 30, 1936: The new owners of the Boston Braves ask newspapermen to pick a new nickname for the team from suggestions made by fans. They choose the Bees, but the name will not catch on, and it will be scrapped after the 1940 season.

» March 21, 1936: Joe DiMaggio runs his spring training record to 12-for-20, in an 11–2 Yankee victory over the newly named Boston Bees. Before the next game is played, the prize rookie is left unattended with his foot in a diathermy machine. The resulting burn ends his spring training and delays his ML debut until May.

» December 4, 1936: The Dodgers trade Lonny Frey to the Cubs for Woody English and Roy Henshaw. The Boston Bees buy Vince DiMaggio from San Diego (PCL). The Dodgers get Cookie Lavagetto and Ralph Birkofer from Pittsburgh in exchange for Ed Brandt.

» August 6, 1937: For the first time in the 20th century, the first two batters in a game--Roy Johnson and Rabbit Warstler of the Boston Bees -- lead off with HRs. They do it off Cubs P Tex Carleton.

» June 3, 1938: Bill Lee of the Cubs blanks the Boston Bees, 4–0, for his 3rd straight shutout, and Chicago moves to within one 1/2 games of the Giants, who lose their 4th straight to the Pirates. Lee will run his string to 32 scoreless innings, and pitch 47 straight innings in which he allows one unearned run and one extra base hits.

» December 13, 1938: Fred Frankhouse returns to the Boston Bees, and Joe Stripp goes to Brooklyn in a player swap. In a separate transaction, the Dodgers send Buddy Hassett and Jimmy Outlaw to the Bees for Gene Moore and Ira Hutchinson.

» May 11, 1939: The Boston Bees collect 13 hits off the Cubs 33-year-old rookie Vance Page, but manage just two hits in losing 6–2. Billy Herman's bases-loaded triple in the 9th seals it. Poor base running contributes to the loss, the worst example coming in the 4th when Eddie Miller singles and stops at 3B on a drive down the 1B line by Elbie Fletcher. Fletcher is caught trying to stretch the hit to a triple.

» July 22, 1939: A Boston Bees fan, outraged when Al Lopez drops a pop foul, his second and the team's seventh of the game, jumps from the stands to punch the Boston catcher.

» March 3, 1940: The Boston Bees sell Debs Garms to the Pirates. Garms will get only 358 at bats for the Bucs but, nevertheless, will lead the NL in hitting with a .355 average. Unlike the AL's 400 at bats, the NL rules state that a player must appear in at least a hundred games: Garms will play in 103. Ford Frick, NL prexy, will clarify this in September when it is clear that Garms will not reach the 400 ABs. (Pirate teammate Virgil Davis will be the nominal runnerup at .326, but play just 99 games). Garms will drop to .264 in 1941 and he will be out of baseball in 1942.

» May 6, 1940: Forget yesterday's mark. Two ML records are set as Pittsburgh uses 24 players and both clubs use 40 as the Boston Bees win in 12 innings, 10–7. The Bucs have lost six in a row.

» May 24, 1940: Before 22,260, the New York Giants rip the Boston Bees 8–1 in the first night game at the Polo Grounds. Harry Gumbert is the winner.

» May 27, 1940: Brooklyn trades OF Roy Cullenbine to the Browns for OF Joe Gallagher. In two days the Dodgers will sell OF Gene Moore back to the Boston Bees.

» June 4, 1940: The Pirates rout the Boston Bees 14–2 in the first night game at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field. 20,319 Pirate fans look on.

» March 15, 1941: In Monterrey, Mexico, 6000 fans watch the Browns top the Boston Bees, 6–3. Chet Laabs, fighting to win the RF spot, hits a 400-fit homer in the 7th.

» September 17, 1941: Stan Musial makes his ML debut, going 2-for-4 as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Braves. Musial, who started the season in the Western Association (Class C), will hit .426 in 12 games.

» February 7, 1942: Cincinnati stirs the hometown fans by selling popular Ernie Lombardi to the Boston Braves, where he will win the batting title in 1942 with a .330 average.

» May 13, 1942: Pitcher Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves slams three successive home runs to beat the Chicago Cubs, 6–5, at Braves Field, the only ML pitcher ever to accomplish this. His last, in the 8th, breaks a 4–4 tie. Hi Bithorn takes the loss. Bill Nicholson returns the compliment, clouting a 2-run homer off Tobin in the 6th inning,

» September 13, 1942: Chicago Cub SS Lennie Merullo makes a ML record 4 errors in the 2nd inning of the nightcap against the Boston Braves. Merullo's son is born today and is named Boots. The Cubs win 12-8 after losing the first game 10-6.

» January 25, 1943: The Yankees send Lefty Gomez to the Boston Braves for cash. He will be released without playing a game and will sign with Washington on May 24th.

» February 12, 1944: Bob Coleman, after 23 years of managing in the minors, is named to pilot the Boston Braves.

» May 15, 1944: A day after the Reds pitch a one-hitter, Reds reliever Clyde Shoun, making his first start of the season, throws a no-hitter to nip the Boston Braves 1–0. Only 1,014 see the 32-year-old lefty top Jim Tobin, who had thrown one in April. Reds reserve 3B Chuck Aleno accounts for the sole run with his only 1944 home run.

» August 10, 1944: Red Barrett of the Boston Braves throws only 58 pitches and shuts out the Cincinnati Reds 2-0. This is the major-league record for fewest pitches in a nine-inning game. The game takes one hour, 15 minutes, the shortest night game ever.

» February 14, 1945: Bob Quinn, president of the Boston Braves since 1936, relinquishes his job as general manager, and his son John Quinn takes over the post. The elder Quinn has been in organized baseball since 1900.

» July 12, 1945: The Chicago Cubs stop Tommy Holmes's modern-day NL hitting streak at 37 games, beating the Boston Braves 6-1 behind Hank Wyse for their 11th victory in a row. The Braves take game two 3-1, as Claude Passeau loses his first after nine straight wins. . Holmes hits .433 during the streak and will finish at .352, second in the NL. His nine strikeouts coupled with 28 HRs and 47 doubles is unparalleled for making contact and hitting for average and power.

» March 3, 1946: The Browns sign veteran Joe Medwick, who has been released by the Boston Braves. They will release him before the season starts and he will sign up with Brooklyn.

» May 6, 1946: Pinch runner Joffre Cross steals home in the 10th inning, giving the first-place St. Louis Cardinals a 9–8 victory over the Boston Braves.

» May 11, 1946: The New York Giants top the Boston Braves 5–1 in the first night game at Braves Field. The game draws 35,945 for the Braves, who will draw 468,083 fans for 24 night games this season. All told, the 4th place Braves will pull in 969,673, nearly double the previous high of 517,803 set in 1933.

» June 18, 1947: Ewell Blackwell of the Cincinnati Reds no-hits the Boston Braves at Crosley Field 6-0. Rookie Frankie Baumholtz, who played in the NBA the previous winter, collects with four hits.

» August 20, 1947: The Boston Braves hit a million attendance for the first time in their history and the fans get their money's worth in the 34-hit slugfest. The Pirates notch 20 to outslug the Braves, 16–10. Jim Russell with a triple, double and three singles and Jimmy Bloodworth with four singles lead the Buc shots.

» September 12, 1947: Ralph Kiner hits his record 8th HR in 4 games to pass Johnny Mize in the HR race as Pittsburgh tops the Boston Braves 4-3. The rain of HRs exceeds the 7 in 4 games hit by Tony Lazzeri in 1936. On the 18th Kiner will again pass Mize in the homer derby by belting his 50th of the season. Mize will get his 50th two days later. Kiner will get number 51 on September 23 against Jim Hearn of the Cards, and Mize will tie it up 2 days later off Johnny Sain of Boston. Both players have until the season finales on September 28 to break the tie, but neither will succeed.

» September 22, 1947: Stan Musial collects his 5th hit in a game for the 5th time in one season, tying Ty Cobb's all-time record. Musial hits a HR, a double, and 3 singles against the Boston Braves.

» October 6, 1948: In the WS opener in Boston, Phil Masi is called safe at 2B on a disputed call by umpire Bill Stewart on a pickoff attempt in the 8th. Masi then scores on a single by Tommy Holmes as Johnny Sain and the Boston Braves top the Cleveland Indians and Bob Feller 1-0.

» April 18, 1950: At the Polo Grounds, Sam Jethroe becomes the first black to play for the Boston Braves. In his ML debut, he goes 2-for-4, including a home run to lead the Braves to an 1–4 beating of the Giants. Spahn is the winner. Jethroe will go on to become National League Rookie of the Year.

» May 6, 1950: The Boston Braves hit five home runs in a 15–11 trouncing of the Reds. This gives them a National League record 13 home runs in three consecutive games, breaking the Giants mark of 12 set in July 1, 2, 3, 1947. Luis Olmo, Earl Torgeson, Bob Elliott, Willard Marshall, and Sid Gordon hit the five today.

» August 31, 1950: Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers hits 4 HRs and a single, driving in 9 runs in the Dodgers 19–3 rout of the Boston Braves in Ebbets Field. Hodges’ 17 total bases is the most since 1894. Gil's first homer is a 2-run shot off loser Warren Spahn in the second inning, adds a 2-run homer in the third off Norman Roy, another 2-run homer off Bob Hall in the sixth, and a 3-run shot off Johnny Antonelli in the eighth. Erskine is the winner of the rout. Hodges had 4 long hits on June 25 last year, the first Dodger to twice have 4 extra base hits in a game.

» November 9, 1950: The baseball writers name Sam Jethroe of the Boston Braves as the National League Rookie of the Year.

» May 6, 1951: Pirate P Cliff Chambers throws a no-hitter at the Boston Braves in Boston, winning 3–0. He walks eight and throws one wild pitch but hangs on to record only the second no-hit game in Pirate history. Chambers, hitting .429, drives in Wally Westlake with the 3rd run in the 8th. The loser is George Estock, a Braves reliever making his only ML start and the loss is his only ML decision. For Chambers, it is his last win in a Pirates' uniform before he's traded to St. Louis.

» June 5, 1951: The Pirates rookie knuckler Paul LaPalme hurls a 8–0 shutout against the Boston Braves in his first major-league start.

» April 16, 1952: The Dodgers Duke Snider goes 5-for-6 in a 14-8 win over the Boston Braves.

» April 19, 1952: Eddie Mathews of the Boston Braves hits his first ML HR off Ken Heintzelman of the Phillies in Philadelphia. The Braves win 4-0.

» May 31, 1952: Charlie Grimm succeeds Tommy Holmes as manager of the Boston Braves. Holmes will sign on with the Dodgers as a pinch hitter, but hit just .111.

» June 7, 1952: Sam Jethroe hits the last grand slam in the history of the Boston Braves, as the Braves win the second game of a doubleheader 7-6.

» September 27, 1952: The Braves Ed Mathews hits 3 HRs as Boston breaks a 10-game loss streak and beats Brooklyn 11-3. Virgil Jester wins, his last in the majors and the last victory for the Boston Braves franchise.

» September 28, 1952: The Braves play a 12-inning, 5-5 tie in Brooklyn in their last game as the Boston Braves. The Dodger pitching staff sets a NL record for most strikeouts in a season with 773 when Jim Hughes fans Sid Gordon in the 12th.

» January 17, 1953: The Boston Braves sell OF Andy Pafko back to Brooklyn for Roy Hartsfield and $50,000.

» March 3, 1953: The Boston Braves, who own the Milwaukee minor league franchise, block the Browns' attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee. Lou Perini, Braves owner, invokes his territorial privilege, stating he has not been offered enough.

» March 18, 1953: The Boston Braves become the Milwaukee Braves, the first franchise shift in baseball since 1903 when Baltimore moved to New York. The Braves have been in Boston for 77 years. Milwaukee assumes Pittsburgh's place in the Western Division for scheduling purposes and night games. The Brewers move to Toledo.

» August 23, 1953: Phil Paine, a former Boston Braves pitcher on military service with the U.S. Air Force in Japan, becomes the first ex-ML player to play in Japan. He pitches in nine games for the Nishitetsu Lions: four wins, three losses, ERA 1.77.

» December 15, 1960: The biggest trade in history? The Phils lose more than two 1/2 inches when they acquire P Frank Sullivan from the Red Sox for 6' 9" Gene Conley. In the next two years, Conley will win 26 games for the Sox, the 3rd Boston team he will play for: Conley started with the Boston Braves in their last year before moving to Milwaukee, and played several seasons with the Celtics as Bill Russell's backup.

» May 31, 1964: The Mets and Giants square off in a doubleheader that starts at one p.m. and doesn't conclude until 11:25 p.m. After Juan Marichal's 5–3, first-game win, San Francisco holds a 6–1 lead in the 2nd until New York rallies for five to tie in the 7th. The big blow is Joe Christopher's 3-run homer that bounces off Willie Mays' glove over the fence. Eventually, with two out in the 23rd, pinch hitter Del Crandall delivers a run-scoring double off Galen Cisco, and the Giants prevail 8–6 after seven hours and 22 minutes—a record. Crandall ended the first post midnight game ever played in the N.L., while catching for the Boston Braves in 1949. Gaylord Perry pitches 10 scoreless innings to get credit for the win. Thirty-two innings and an elapsed time of nine hours and 50 minutes are doubleheader records, as are 47 strikeouts. New York's 22 K's in the 2nd game are the most by one club in an overtime contest.

» May 25, 1999: In Arizona's 5–4 win over San Diego, the D'backs Damian Miller becomes only the 8th ML catcher to participate in three double plays in a 9-inning game, tying the NL record for DPs and tying the major-league record for DPs started by a catcher. The last N.L. catcher to participate in three DPs was Ebba St. Claire of the Boston Braves in 1950. Chris Hoiles was part of four double plays for the Orioles on April 9, 1998.

» September 19, 2001: The Cardinals beat the Brewers, 8–2, as Matt Morris wins his 20th game of the season. Albert Pujols drives in three runs for St. Louis to set a new NL rookie mark with 120 for the season. The old mark of 119 was set by Wally Berger of the Boston Braves in 1930.