Home of the baseball's Boston Braves
until they left for Milwaukee
after the 1952 season (later moving south to become the Atlanta Braves
). Built in 1915 to replace South End Grounds
, which had been Boston's first ballpark
. Also housed the NFL
's Boston Braves
, and the AFL
's Boston Patriots
(later the New England Patriots
). After the Braves left, Boston University
bought the field, renovated it for football
, and renamed it Nickerson Field
. The BU Terriers played there until 1997, and Nickerson is still used for field hockey
. Anyone driving on the Mass Pike
, keep an eye out to your right, and you won't be able to miss Nickerson (it's before Fenway Park
James Gaffney, owner of the Braves in the teens, hated over-the-wall home runs, and built his park accordingly. When Braves Field opened, the centerfield fence was 550 feet from home plate; to make matters worse, the ballpark was oriented in such a way that the wind blew directly towards home plate. Needless to day, all 8 home runs hit in the first year at Braves Field were of the inside-the-park variety. When the dead ball era ended in 1920 and home runs became popular, the dimensions were scaled down, but Braves Field was never friendly to power hitters. Braves Field also featured a 2000 seat section in rightfield, where fans could get a ticket for the relatively cheap price of 25 cents. However, the Braves were not particularly popular, and this section was renamed the Jury Box after a sportswriter noticed only 12 fans occupied the section on a particularly sad day.
Braves Field hosted two World Series in its first two years of existence; unfortunately, neither involved the Braves. Instead, the Boston Red Sox decided to use Braves Field in the World Series, as it held ten thousand more fans than their own Fenway Park. The Braves only played one World Series in Braves Field; in 1948 they lost in six games to the Cleveland Indians. Braves Field hosted one All-Star Game, in 1936, and was Babe Ruth's home in 1935 before he retired. It also was the site of major league baseball's longest game; in 1920 the Braves and the Brooklyn Dodgers struggled for 26 innings before heading home.
Left: 402 ft.