Ballpark Roadtrip: Braves Field

Braves Field was a baseball park in the Northeastern United States, located in Boston, Massachusetts. Today the site is home to Nickerson Field on the campus of Boston University. The stadium was home of the Boston Braves of the National League from 1915–1952, prior to the Braves’ move to Milwaukee in 1953.

After the Braves moved to Milwaukee in 1953, the Braves Field site was sold to Boston University and reconstructed. It has became home of many Boston University teams. The Braves Field scoreboard was sold to the Kansas City A’s and used at Municipal Stadium until the A’s moved to Oakland in 1967.

The stadium hosted the 1936 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the 1915 and 1916 World Series home games for the Boston Red Sox, and the 1948 World Series. Braves Field was the site of Babe Ruth’s final season, playing for the Braves in 1935.

From 1929 to 1932, the Boston Red Sox played select regular season games periodically at Braves Field. On May 1, 1926, Braves Field hosted the longest baseball game in history – 26 Innings. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.

The old executive and ticket offices of the Boston Braves now houses the BU campus police. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)

Named after the team, Braves Field was the first ballpark to seat more than 40,000 fans. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)

A marker paying tribute to history of the Miracle Braves and the team that owned Boston for many years. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)

Located one mile west of Fenway Park, construction began March 20, 1915 and was completed five months later when the Braves played the St. Louis Cardinals on August 18, 1915. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)

The Braves left Boston to escape being in the Red Sox shadow for success and more success in Milwaukee. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)

The stadium is known as Nickerson Field today and was home to the Boston University’s football team until 1997. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)

Throughout the 1920s fans became more interested in seeing homeruns than a pitching matchup or inside the park homerun. This led the Braves to adding 6,000 seats in left and center field, shortening the dimensions of the ballpark to 353 ft. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)

In 1946 the Braves attracted one million fans for the first time in history and two years later the team won the National League pennant for the first time since moving into Braves Field. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)

The concourse under the ballpark’s remaining seating area still exists almost exactly as it did when the Braves played there. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)

Two uncovered pavilions extended down the lines to the foul poles, each holding 10,000 fans. In right field was a section of bleachers that seated 2,000 fans and was nicknamed “The Jury Box” after a sportswriter noticed only 12 fans sitting here during a game in 1918. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)

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Photos taken September 17, 2009 using a Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR with a EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Standard Zoom Lens.

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