Young Dizzy Dean of the St. Louis Cardinals faces the Boston Braves and 40-year-old Babe Ruth. Dean walks Ruth in his first at-bat, then with two strikes on the Bambino, waves his outfielders back and throws a fastball down the middle that Ruth misses for a strikeout. Dean wins the game, 7 – 0, and in his first at bat, hits a…
1947 The Brooklyn Dodgers win 12 – 6 over the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field, as Jackie Robinson gets his first major league hit, a bunt single, off Glenn Elliott. Robinson will bunt 42 times, collecting 19 hits, during the season.
1934 Rabbit Maranville breaks his left leg while sliding home on a double steal in an exhibition game against the New York Yankees. The Boston Braves veteran is out for the season and will play just 23 games next year.
Sam Jethroe becomes the first black to play for the Boston Braves. He has two hits in his major league debut, including a home run. He will go on to become N. L. Rookie of the Year, leading the league with 35 stolen bases and posing a line of .273/ .338/ .442
Lou Perini, Guido Rugo, and Joseph Maney buy control of the Boston Braves and Casey Stengel is soon out as manager. In six seasons at the helm, the “Old Perfesser” had not been able to lift the talent-challenged Bees/Braves out of the second division.
1930 The 15-year career of George Sisler, spent mostly with the St. Louis Browns, ends when the Boston Braves release him. A lifetime .340 hitter who twice led the AL with averages above.400, Sisler will be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.