• BRAVES, 1933. Leslie Jones Collection, BPL Print Department.

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    Braves
    • Date
    • 1933
    • Creator
    • Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
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    • (top row, l to r:) Boston Braves outfielder Wally Berger, Boston Braves catcher Shanty Hogan, Boston Braves pitcher Ed Brandt, Boston Braves pitcher Ed Fallenstein, Boston Braves coach Hank Gowdy. (bottom row, l to r:) Boston Braves second baseman Ra... more
      (top row, l to r:) Boston Braves outfielder Wally Berger, Boston Braves catcher Shanty Hogan, Boston Braves pitcher Ed Brandt, Boston Braves pitcher Ed Fallenstein, Boston Braves coach Hank Gowdy. (bottom row, l to r:) Boston Braves second baseman Rabbit Maranville, Boston Braves outfielder Red Worthington, Boston Braves manager Bill McKechnie, Boston Braves pitcher Bob Brown. less
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    • Copyright © Leslie Jones.; This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License.
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    • Leslie Jones Collection; Sports: Identified [Baseball]; Print Department

  • BRAVES AT HARVARD CAGE, 1935. Leslie Jones Collection, BPL Print Department. 

    To boost the team’s flagging financial fortunes, owner Emil Fuchs recruited an aging George “Babe” Ruth to the Braves in 1935.  Ruth lasted only two months with the Boston Braves in 1935 before his retirement as a player.

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    Braves at Harvard cage.
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    • 1935
    • Creator
    • Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
    • Description
    • (r to l:) Boston Braves outfielder Babe Ruth, Boston Braves outfielder Tommy Thompson, unidentified Boston Braves players.
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  • PLAY AT THE PLATE, BEES VS. CARDINALS, 1937. Leslie Jones Collection, BPL Print Department. 

    From 1936 to 1941, the owners changed the name of the team to the Boston Bees and Braves Field was known as “The Bee Hive.”

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    Play at the plate, Bees vs. Cardinals
    • Date
    • 5/11/37
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    • Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
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    • Unknown St. Louis Cardinal slides across home plate as Boston Bees catcher Al Spohrer applies the tag in front of umpire Dolly Stark at Braves Field.
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  • STARTING LINE UP OF THE BRAVES IN DUGOUT, 1951. Leslie Jones Collection, BPL Print Department.

    In April 1950, Sam Jethroe (second from left) premiered with the Braves; he was Boston’s first black professional player in any team sport. In 1951, Jethroe was joined by Luis Márquez (fourth from right), a Puerto Rican and the first black player to sign with the New York Yankees. 

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    Starting line up of the Braves in dugout
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    • 1951-04
    • Creator
    • Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
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    • Boston Braves starting lineup. (l to r:) Roy Hartsfield, Sam Jethroe, Earl Torgeson, Bob Elliott, Sid Gordon, Luis Marquez, Walker Cooper, Johnny Logan, and Vern Bickford on the dugout steps at Braves Field.
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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. A powerhouse team throughout the late 1800s, the Braves won the 1914 World Series, which led to renewed surge of fan interest and the building of the enormous new Braves Field.  

The Braves boasted many notable players, but the team struggled throughout most of their thirty-seven years at Braves Field, both on the field and financially.