Red Sox vs. Braves in Boston: The Battle for Fans' Hearts, 1901-1952

Red Sox vs. Braves in Boston: The Battle for Fans' Hearts, 1901-1952

by Charlie Bevis

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ISBN-13: 9780786496648
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 12/06/2017
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charlie Bevis, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, is an adjunct professor of English at Rivier University. He has written for Nine, The Cooperstown Symposium, The National Pastime and Base Ball, and is the author of several baseball books. He lives in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

Introduction 3

Part One: Nationals Have Monopoly, 1871–1900

 1. Merchants as Spectators 7

 2. Emerging Middle Class at the Ballpark 19

 3. Two-Team City for Two Years 34

 4. Rise of ­Irish-American Fans 42

Part Two: Red Sox Dominate, 1901–1920

 5. American League Enters Boston 55

 6. Changing Nature of the Fans 62

 7. New Ballparks for Big Crowds 81

 8. Home Runs Convert Fans 95

Part Three: Braves Have Edge, 1921–1933

 9. Radio Broadcasts and the Vote on Sunday Baseball 103

10. Sunday Games Permitted Only at Braves Field 116

11. New Law Allows Sunday Games at Fenway Park 126

12. Braves Continue to Outdraw Red Sox 134

Part Four: Red Sox Triumph, 1934–1945

13. Renovated Red Sox 141

14. Braves Change Name to Bees 149

15. Power Hitting at Fenway Park 155

16. Doubleheaders in the War Years 167

Part Five: Braves Fight Back, 1946–1952

17. Braves Initiate Night Baseball 177

18. Trying to Mint Braves Fans 188

19. Television and Suburban Fans 196

20. Road-Game Radio Broadcasts 208

Epilogue: Jimmy Fund Games 219

Chapter Notes 225

Bibliography 237

Index 241

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