May 20, 1943

All sorts of good news qualified as Page 1 material during World War II. So it was no surprise to look at the May 20, 1943 edition of the Boston Globe and, front and center, find a report on the Braves sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The sweep ran the Braves’ winning streak to seven games, bringing their record to 14-8, good for second place in the National League, behind the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The 8-14, last-place Red Sox were stuck in Cleveland, hoping the rain might stop so they could face the Indians in a doubleheader.

The Braves and Red Sox had a shared interest in a bill that landed on Gov. Leverett Saltonstall’s desk that would abolish a 6:30 p.m. curfew on Sunday ball games. Playing Sunday doubleheaders, a staple in Major League Baseball’s culture, would be easier.

Before 1932 the Red Sox were prohibited to play Sunday games at Fenway Park because a church was located a few blocks away at the corner of Jersey and Peterborough streets. They had to play Sunday games at Braves Field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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