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May 23,1954

May 23, 1954 Before entering the decade that embedded their dynasty in baseball lore, the Yankees made a trade or two along the way. Few of them ever did anything but strengthen them. Allie Reynolds came to New York from Cleveland in 1947 and solidified an already formidable pitching staff. His 7-0 win over the Red Sox was the 35th shutout in his 13-year career. MIckey Mantle drove in four of the Yankees’ runs off two young, shell-shocked pitchers - Truman Clevenger and Tom Brewer. While Mantle and Reynolds were ruining the Red Sox’ day in the Bronx, the Milwaukee ...

May 23, 2024|Categories: Boston Braves, Fenway Park, History, Red Sox|0 Comments

May 22, 1949

May 22, 1949 A crowd of 35,961 jammed Fenway Park to watch Red Sox’ pitcher Joe Dobson’s second straight shutout, a 4-0 decision over the defending World Series champion Cleveland Indians. It was the biggest crowd at Fenway since Tom Yawkey rebuilt the park in 1934. The Indians beat the Boston Braves in the 1948 World Series, getting there by beating the Red Sox in a one-game playoff for the American League pennant. They didn’t even have to pack their bags for Games 1 and 2 of the Series. It was as close as Boston ever came to an all-Commonwealth ...

May 23, 2024|Categories: Boston Braves, Braves Field, History, Red Sox|0 Comments

Oct. 6, 1948

Oct. 6, 1948 Game 1 of the World Series looked like it might be rained out. So read the lead story on the front page of the Boston Globe. Also on Page 1, Red Sox general manager Joe Cronin told a Globe scribe that manager Joe McCarthy would be back in 1949.  “Joe McCarthy is definitely the Red Sox manager, for life if he so desires, and positively through his 1949 contract.” Cronin may have engaged in a bit of hyperbole with the manager-for-life line. But his point was made. After the Red Sox lost the American League pennant in ...

Sept. 23, 1948

Sept. 23, 1948 Preparing to host their first World Series in 34 years, the Boston Braves had to work out a few kinks in their effort to get ticket in their fans’ hands. For instance, trying to keep the hordes of hopeful ticket buyers from overwhelming post offices. Braves president John J. Quinn released the details on mail-order applications at 11 p.m., according to the Boston Globe. By midnight, fans filled all open space at the city’s main post office. The Federal Building  The Post Office managers had the foresight to assign extra workers to man the ...

September 23, 2023|Categories: Boston Braves, History|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Sept. 17, 1958

Sept. 17, 1958 In their sixth season since abandoning Boston, the Braves were on the verge of winning their first National League pennant since 1948 - and their first World Series since 1914. The ballclub was in Milwaukee. Braves Field had become Nickerson Field, and Boston University had begun dismantling the old yard by ripping down the left-field pavilion. But, there were no doubt some Braves fans roaming the streets still unable to let go. They were delighted to see that the Braves defeated the Giants (finishing their first season in San Francisco) and led Pittsburgh by ...

July 31, 1948

July 31, 1948 Green Line Series Fever Grips Hub! That is way too clunky for headline purposes, let alone as a battle cry. It is the summer of 1948 in Boston, with representatives in both big leagues, and both clubs looking absolutely capable of making it an all-Hub World Series. The Red Sox swept the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park, winning the first game of a day-nighter 10-9, then watching Joe Dobson stop Chicago for a 3-1 decision. The Red Sox edged to within 3½ games of the first-place Cleveland Indians, two games behind the over-achieving, ...

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