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Feb. 17, 1953

Still intending to call Boston their home – at least publicly – the Braves announced that the outfield fences in the old ballyard just off Commonwealth Ave. would be dropped to a uniform 10 feet all the way around.

The Braves smacked 110 homers in 1952, but the club hoped that showing more pop at Braves Field could could lift their dismal attendance from a dismal 281,278, the National League’s worst.

Owner Lou Perini was said to have been mulling over the change for two seasons before issuing the order.

A month later the Braves moved to Milwaukee, where they drew 1,826,397. They also hit 156 homers and won 92 games, finishing second behind Brooklyn.

Of course, had they won half as many games and hit half as many homers, Milwaukee still would have loved them.

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