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  1. Peter Milewski February 13, 2013 at 11:47 am | | Reply

    It is rare that such an historic treatise of baseball lore focused on a ballpark would be as interesting, humorous, and entertaining as Mr. Ruzzo’s tale of iconic Braves Field. It is evident from his writing that Mr. Ruzzo posseses a love of baseball that rooted in it’s history. He demonstrates a knowledge and understanding of the game, the people, and the places atypical of today’s modern baseball fan. The account was a true pleasure for those of us old enough to remember “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain.” Encore, Mr. Ruzzo!

    1. Larry Livingston December 10, 2016 at 8:43 am | | Reply

      Great in depth article. As we are on the precipice of opening SunTrust Park in Atlanta, I really enjoyed the history lesson of Braves ballparks. Enhances my appreciation even more of my treasured autographed baseball of Warren and Johnny obtained after pitching batting practice at an Old Timer’s Game in Atlanta.

  2. Sergio Ferreira February 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm | | Reply

    Fantastic account of the first wandering-prone baseball franchise and an end-of-an-era ballpark. Mr. Ruzzo succeeds in capturing not only the well-researched history of this Boston institution (all too brief), but also the many true characters that made for its colorful history…

  3. Ryan Mancinelli February 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm | | Reply

    Mr. Ruzzo does an excellent job of bringing a relatively unknown ballpark back to life. The thorough research is always evident as one reads through the article and for a lifelong Bostonian (under age 25) I found myself smiling thinking just how different our city looks and feels today. Many in my generation my not even know there was a second baseball team in Beantown yet Mr. Ruzzo engages the reader in a way that makes the past seem … well … “cool.” Keep the history coming! … after all … it has a tendency to repeat itself 😉

  4. Robert Pyne February 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm | | Reply

    As an over-60 Bostonian, I found this to be a fascinating piece of Boston history. James Gaffney truly deserves a place as one of the city’s most colorful characters who made a huge, albeit short-lived, impact on the Boston landscape. Imagine a state-of -the-art major league ballpark being planned and constructed today in less than two years! While this is an absorbing and well-documented baseball story, it is also a largely-forgotten story of our city’s growth and development– a story that should be read by a wider audience than avid baseball fans.

  5. Tim Sullivan February 19, 2013 at 7:22 am | | Reply

    Great article. I grew up a huge baseball fan and lived about a mile from Nickerson Field and never realized it was the site of Braves Field. With all the attention to Fenway’s 100th it is interesting to read about the other neighborhood ballpark of its era. Well done!

  6. steve f February 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm | | Reply

    Terrific piece Herb. Ever since my first game at Fenway, I realized Boston’s rabid fan base could keep a reincarnated Braves Field chock full these days. A far-fetched dream, I know.

  7. Stephen. Rossi March 20, 2019 at 10:00 am | | Reply

    My mother would always talk about going to Braves field with my grandfather and his friends. I remember a number of fathers of buddies of mine would talk about the Braves and going to Braves field when they were young. This is going back to the sixties and seventies so the Braves have been gone for 15 or 20 years. I always got the impression from listening to the old timers talk about the Braves and going to Braves field as something special. Even though by the 60s and 70s everyone had become a Red Sox fan there was still something about the Braves. I have one buddy who’s father would still watch the Atlanta Braves up until he died about eight years ago just because he grew up a Boston Braves fan. Even though all the old-timers have passed I can still remember them telling Boston Braves stories. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough of Braves fans to keep them in Boston.

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