1952 Boston Braves season

1952 Boston Braves
Major League affiliations
Record 64–89 (.418)
League place 7th
Other information
Owner(s) Louis R. Perini
General manager(s) John J. Quinn
Manager(s) Tommy Holmes, Charlie Grimm
Local television WNAC
(Jim Britt, Bump Hadley)
Local radio WNAC
(Jim Britt, Les Smith)
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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.

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 9657 0.627 45–33 51–24
New York Giants 9262 0.597 50–27 42–35
St. Louis Cardinals 8866 0.571 48–29 40–37
Philadelphia Phillies 8767 0.565 47–29 40–38
Chicago Cubs 7777 0.500 19½ 42–35 35–42
Cincinnati Reds 6985 0.448 27½ 38–39 31–46
Boston Braves 6489 0.418 32 31–45 33–44
Pittsburgh Pirates 42112 0.273 54½ 23–54 19–58

Record vs. opponents

1952 National League Records


Boston 3–18–112–109–139–139–1315–7–17–15
Brooklyn 18–3–113–9–117–58–1410–1219–311–11
Chicago 10–129–13–113–910–1210–1214–811–11
Cincinnati 13–95–179–136–1610–1216–610–12
New York 13–914–812–1016–610–1215–712–10
Philadelphia 13–912–1012–1012–1012–1016–610–12
Pittsburgh 7–15–13–198–146–167–156–165–17
St. Louis 15–711–1111–1112–1010–1212–1017–5


1952 Boston Braves
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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
SSJohnny Logan117456129.283442

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 Thorpe8129276.260326
Paul Burris5516837.220221


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 Bickford26161.17123.7462

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 Burdette4761173.6147
Bob Chipman291102.8116

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


  1. 1 2 3 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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