|Team: Boston Braves||Capacity: 40,000 (1915) 37,106 (1948)|
|Opening Day: April 18, 1915||Closing Day: September 21, 1952|
|Dimensions: LF 402, CF 400, RF 402 (1915) LF 337, CF 370, RF 319 (1952)||Surface: grass|
|Architect: Osborn Engineering||Owner: Boston Braves|
Braves Field was home to the Boston Braves from 1915 to 1952. Before Braves field, the Braves played at the South End Grounds, across the street from Huntington Avenue Grounds where the Red Sox played. The grass from the South End Grounds was transported to Braves Field. This was the first park to hold more than 40,000 people. In 1915 and 1916 the Red Sox played the World Series at the Field because it held more fans then Fenway Park. The only other World Series played here was in 1948 when the Braves were defeated by Cleveland. In 1953, much to the dismay of many Bostonians, the Braves moved to Milwaukee and then on to Atlanta where they play today. The field was bought by Boston University and renamed Nickerson Field. Part of the original facade remains. I have posted some present day pictures of Nickerson Field.
Braves Field had the largest outfield in the majors for a while. From 1915 to 1928 the dimensions were LF 402 CF 550 RF 402. During this time there were only seven homeruns resulting from the ball being hit over the fence while there were 209 inside-the-park homeruns. It wasn't until 1925 when the first over the fence homerun was hit.
© 2001-04 Paul Healey. Photographs of the old stadium © their owners. Used without permission.