Baseball base

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 six games with seven to play. The Pirates had nine games remaining.

At least one desk man’s heart may have been with the Braves. The Boston Globe’s headline: “B’s magic number at 3.”

Or the desk man was simply trying to come up with a headline that would fit the space allotted for it.

The smart money is on motive No. 2.

It wouldn’t be too much longer before the Bruins took sole possession of “B’s.”

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