1952 Boston Braves season

The 1952 Boston Braves season was the 82nd season of the franchise; the team went 64–89 (.418) and was seventh in the eight-team National League, 32 games behind the pennant-winning Brooklyn Dodgers. Home attendance for the season at Braves Field was under 282,000.[1]

This was the final season for the franchise in Boston, Massachusetts, and the last home game at Braves Field was played on September 21. Several weeks prior to the 1953 season, the team moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin,[1][2][3][4] which was the first franchise relocation in the majors in a half century.[1] By 1958, four other teams had moved. The Braves stayed for thirteen years in Milwaukee, then went to Atlanta prior to the 1966 season.

1952 Boston Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record64–89 (.418)
League place7th
Other information
Owner(s)Louis R. Perini
General manager(s)John J. Quinn
Manager(s)Tommy Holmes, Charlie Grimm
Local televisionWNAC
WBZ-TV
(Jim Britt, Bump Hadley)
Local radioWNAC
(Jim Britt, Les Smith)
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Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 96 57 0.627 45–33 51–24
New York Giants 92 62 0.597 50–27 42–35
St. Louis Cardinals 88 66 0.571 48–29 40–37
Philadelphia Phillies 87 67 0.565 47–29 40–38
Chicago Cubs 77 77 0.500 19½ 42–35 35–42
Cincinnati Reds 69 85 0.448 27½ 38–39 31–46
Boston Braves 64 89 0.418 32 31–45 33–44
Pittsburgh Pirates 42 112 0.273 54½ 23–54 19–58

Record vs. opponents

1952 National League Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 3–18–1 12–10 9–13 9–13 9–13 15–7–1 7–15
Brooklyn 18–3–1 13–9–1 17–5 8–14 10–12 19–3 11–11
Chicago 10–12 9–13–1 13–9 10–12 10–12 14–8 11–11
Cincinnati 13–9 5–17 9–13 6–16 10–12 16–6 10–12
New York 13–9 14–8 12–10 16–6 10–12 15–7 12–10
Philadelphia 13–9 12–10 12–10 12–10 12–10 16–6 10–12
Pittsburgh 7–15–1 3–19 8–14 6–16 7–15 6–16 5–17
St. Louis 15–7 11–11 11–11 12–10 10–12 12–10 17–5

Roster

1952 Boston Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
SS Johnny Logan 117 456 129 .283 4 42

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Bob Thorpe 81 292 76 .260 3 26
Paul Burris 55 168 37 .220 2 21

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Vern Bickford 26 161.1 7 12 3.74 62

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Lew Burdette 47 6 11 7 3.61 47
Bob Chipman 29 1 1 0 2.81 16

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Milwaukee Brewers American Association Charlie Grimm, Red Smith
and Bucky Walters
AA Atlanta Crackers Southern Association Dixie Walker
A Hartford Chiefs Eastern League Del Bissonette
B Wichita Falls Spudders Big State League Frank Mancuso
B Evansville Braves Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Bob Coleman
B Hagerstown Braves Interstate League Dutch Dorman
C Ventura Braves California League Bobby Sturgeon and Jose Perez
C Eau Claire Bears Northern League Bill Adair
C Quebec Braves Provincial League George McQuinn
D Welch Miners Appalachian League Jack Crosswhite
D Danville Dans Mississippi–Ohio Valley League Virl Minnis
D Harlan Smokies Mountain States League Rex Carr
D Appleton Papermakers Wisconsin State League Travis Jackson

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Hagerstown, Quebec, Harlan

References

  1. ^ a b c Hand, Jack (March 19, 1953). "Transfer of Braves to Milwaukee viewed as first in series of future changes". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. p. 38.
  2. ^ Larson, Lloyd (March 14, 1953). "Big league ball here this year!". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 1.
  3. ^ "Boston Braves go to Milwaukee". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. March 18, 1953. p. 1.
  4. ^ Thisted, Red (March 19, 1953). "We're home of the Braves!". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 1.

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Dick Hoover (baseball)

Richard Lloyd Hoover (December 11, 1925 – April 12, 1981) was an American relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Braves during the 1952 season. Listed at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), 170 lb., he batted and threw left-handed.

Jack Daniels (baseball)

Harold Jack Daniels (December 21, 1927 – April 16, 2013) was an American outfielder in Major League Baseball.

Listed at 5' 10", (1.78 m), 165 lb., (75 kg), Daniels batted and threw left-handed. He was born in Chester, Pennsylvania.

At age 24, it had been a long journey to the major leagues for Daniels. He spent nearly seven full seasons in the minor leagues, playing for nine teams at six different levels before reaching the majors with the Boston Braves during the 1952 season.

Daniels appeared in 106 games, mostly as a right fielder, while sharing outfield duties with Sid Gordon (LF) and Sam Jethroe (CF). He posted a batting average of .187 (41-for-219) with two home runs and 14 runs batted in, scoring 31 runs, and collecting five doubles, one triple and three stolen bases.

"Sour Mash Jack", as his teammates nicknamed him (a reference to Jack Daniel's whiskey), returned to the minors for six more seasons and retired at the end of 1958. He posted a .255 average with 167 homers and 214 RBI in 1375 games.

Daniels died in 2013 in Shreveport, Louisiana, at the age of 85.

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