AERIAL VIEW OF BRAVES FIELD, 1933
Leslie Jones Collection, BPL Print Department.
Boston’s first professional baseball team was not the storied Boston Red Sox but a National League club that became known as the Boston Braves. Although the team left New England more than a half century ago, the Braves called Boston home for over 70 years, with 37 of them spent at Braves Field.
Opened in 1915, Braves Field was designed by the same firm that had built Fenway Park three years earlier. Constructed on the site of a former golf course in Allston, the stadium was the largest baseball park built at that time, with a capacity of more than 46,000 fans.The expansive new ballpark was built for the Boston Braves, a charter franchise of baseball’s National League in 1876 and a powerhouse team throughout the late 1800s.
While the city openly welcomed its first large-scale stadium, the team found it difficult to replicate the success achieved in its previous home, South End Grounds. Popularity shifted to their successful crosstown rivals, the Boston Red Sox. Dwindling attendance ultimately led to the team’s departure for Milwaukee in 1953 and the stadium’s demolition.
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