May 27, 1962

Note a Harold Kaese story on Page 1 of the Sunday Globe:

“People in Milwaukee smile tightly these days when asked, ‘Are the Braves bad enough to move back to Boston?’

“This is the 10th season for the Braves in their new home. They came as gallant suitors in 1953. Wisconsin fans fell for them like a ton of bricks. What a romance. But it looks as though the honeymoon is over.

“The Braves are now in the second division in standing, attendance and public opinion.”

After winning two National League pennants and finishing second five times, in 1962 the Braves finished in fifth place, but did manage to lift their record over the .500 mark at 86-76, well back of the pennant-winning San Francisco Giants. After drawing more one million fans (and four times more than two million), the 1962 Braves came in at 766,921.

After the season owner Lou Perini, who moved the club from Boston to Milwaukee, sold to William Bartholomay, who began shopping the Braves around to other cities. A lawsuit forced him to stay put through the 1965 season, attendance tumbled further, and in 1966 the Braves were in Atlanta.

In their final season at Milwaukee County Stadium, the Braves drew 555,584.

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