Emery: When the Braves called Boston home

From Tom Emery at the Providence Journal on March 31, 2016, with mention of SABR members Bob Brady and Len Levin:

Major-league baseball fans in Providence, like the rest of New England, gravitate toward the Red Sox. In decades past, though, there was competition from a crosstown rival.

In the first half of the 20th century, Boston also was home to the Braves, the city’s National League entry until their move to Milwaukee in 1953. Though never a consistent contender, the Braves had a devoted following in Boston, Providence and elsewhere.

“They were always the second-class citizens,” said Bob Brady, president of the Boston Braves Historical Association, based in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. “When the Braves franchise first came into existence, they had Boston’s attention, but when the American League was founded in 1901, the fan base largely shifted toward the Sox, and stayed that way.”

Read the full article here: http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20160331/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/160339849

Originally published: April 1, 2016. Last Updated: April 1, 2016.