Baseball base

June 9, 1953

Since it had been only three months since the Braves skipped town, Boston’s leading newspaper treated them like an old, wayward friend. The fact the Red Sox were mired in mediocrity, with Ted Williams still serving with the Marines in Korea, must have fed that notion.

So it was after Eddie Mathews drove in five runs, including his 17th homer of the season, to lead the Braves over the New York Giants, 12-8, at the Polo Grounds.

The win lifted them to 21-15, leading the National League, with Brookyln by one game. 

By season’s end, Milwaukee had faded into second place, 12 games back of the 105-49 Dodgers.

As for the Red Sox, they fell to the Tigers, 6-3.

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