Sports Temples of Boston: Sports Temples of Boston: Images of Historic Ballparks, Arenas, and Statiums 1872-1972

Braves Field

Photographer: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967

Allston, Massachusetts
ca. 1925

Located just off Commonwealth Avenue in Boston's Allston neighborhood, Braves Field was the home turf of the National League's Boston Braves. Built in 1915, it was the first stadium with over 40,000 seats and the largest of the era's concrete and steel ballparks. The field was built to compete with the recently opened Fenway Park. James Gaffney, the Braves owner, wanted a spacious playing field so that inside-the-park home runs could be hit in the center, left or right fields.

The first game at Braves Field was on August 18, 1915 between the Boston Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals, and an estimated 46,500 fans packed the stadium to see the Braves win 3-1. The field was also used by the Boston Red Sox especially for Sunday games through the early 1930s. In 1915 and 1916, the Red Sox even played their World Series games there. The last World Series game held at Braves Field was the Braves' six-game loss to the Cleveland Indians in 1948, the year of "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain".

At various times throughout its history, Braves Field has been known by other names (sometimes officially changed and other times as nicknames) such as National League Park and as the Bee Hive when the Boston Braves were briefly known as the Boston Bees, a dubious homonym for "B's," a term used to distinguish the team from the Red Sox.

The Boston Braves played in Braves Field through September 1952, their last year as a Boston-based team. When the Braves left Boston for Milwaukee, the field was soon sold to Boston University and is now known as Nickerson Field. A plaque at the site commemorates the heralded place of Braves Field in Boston's sports history.

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Truck dumping load of Boston College tickets at Braves Field

1. Truck dumping load of Boston College tickets at Braves Field

Image number: 05_02_010202
Photographer: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
Allston, Massachusetts (1953)

Braves Field grandstand and field in background.

Loud speaker and stand at Braves Field

2. Loud speaker and stand at Braves Field

Image number: 05_02_010646
Photographer: Bond, E.E. (Edmunds E.), 1871-1969
Allston, Massachusetts (ca. 1920)

Speaking platform set up on infield, outfield wall and scoreboard in background. Platform is festooned with patriotic bunting and the seal of the State of Massachusetts.

Whitney, Thompson, Moore and Urbanski looking over bats in the clubhouse at Braves Field

3. Whitney, Thompson, Moore and Urbanski looking over bats in the clubhouse at Braves Field

Image number: 05_02_010009
Photographer: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
Allston, Massachusetts (1933-1936)

Left to right: Arthur "Pinky" Whitney, third base, Tommy Thompson, outfielder, Randy Moore, outfielder and Bill Urbanski, shortstop.

Governor Curley presents plaque to Judge Emil Fuchs on Judge Fuchs Day at Braves Field

4. Governor Curley presents plaque to Judge Emil Fuchs on Judge Fuchs Day at Braves Field

Image number: 05_02_010022
Photographer: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
Allston, Massachusetts (1935)

Newspaper caption on verso reads, "Fuchs is presented with a tablet by Gov. Curley." Plaque reads, "Presented by the Citizens of New England to Hon. Emil E. Fuchs in commemoration of Judge Fuchs Day with their appreciation of his unselfish services their

Governor Joseph B. Ely throws out first ball at Braves opener

5. Governor Joseph B. Ely throws out first ball at Braves opener

Image number: 05_02_010195
Photographer: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
Allston, Massachusetts (1932)

Governor Ely, cigar clamped in teeth, throws out first ball from mound at Braves Field.

Honey Fitz with Lord and Lady Aberdeen at World Series game, Braves Field

6. Honey Fitz with Lord and Lady Aberdeen at World Series game, Braves Field

Image number: 05_02_010198
Photographer: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
Allston, Massachusetts (1915)

Mayor John F. Fitzgerald during World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Honey Fitz with Lord and Lady Aberdeen at Braves Field to see Red Sox beat the Phillies

7. Honey Fitz with Lord and Lady Aberdeen at Braves Field to see Red Sox beat the Phillies

Image number: 05_02_010199
Photographer: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
Allston, Massachusetts (1915)

Mayor John F. Fitzgerald in profile stands next to Lady Aberdeen with camera.

Lord and Lady Aberdeen with Honey Fitz at World Series game at Braves Field to see Boston beat the Phillies

8. Lord and Lady Aberdeen with Honey Fitz at World Series game at Braves Field to see Boston beat the Phillies

Image number: 05_02_010200
Photographer: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
Allston, Massachusetts (1915)

Mayor John F. Fitzgerald stands in center next to Lord and Lady Aberdeen, Lady Aberdeen holding a camera.

Scorecard vendor, Braves Field

9. Scorecard vendor, Braves Field

Image number: 05_02_010210
Photographer: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
Allston, Massachusetts (ca. 1950-1959)

These lovely lasses work the stands for the Braves

10. These lovely lasses work the stands for the Braves

Image number: 05_02_010211
Photographer: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
Allston, Massachusetts (ca. 1950-1959)

 
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