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Fenway
06-11-2008, 08:05 PM
This is the first I have heard of this.

My late brother and Mom were huge Braves fans and were crushed when the team moved to Milwaukee in 1953. I am told my first major league game was at Braves Field but I was too young to recall it.

Since the 48 Braves are playing the 1948 Cubs at least tomorrow most here will root for Boston :D:

http://bythebanksoftherivercharles.blogspot.com/2008/06/boston-braves-play-at-wrigley-field-on.html

Medford Bobby
06-11-2008, 08:21 PM
Black and white TV should look awesome in HD!:cool:

DSpivack
06-11-2008, 08:35 PM
Black and white TV should look awesome in HD!:cool:

Anyone remember a number of years ago Fox did a broadcast of a game where each inning was done in a style of a decade? I thought that was pretty cool.

Medford Bobby
06-11-2008, 08:43 PM
Anyone remember a number of years ago Fox did a broadcast of a game where each inning was done in a style of a decade? I thought that was pretty cool.
Yea and I still am mad I did not tape that game, and I can't remember the reason why FOX did that anyway??

johnr1note
06-11-2008, 08:55 PM
Go BoBraves!

WhiteSox5187
06-11-2008, 09:42 PM
Yea and I still am mad I did not tape that game, and I can't remember the reason why FOX did that anyway??

The Cubs were playing the Dodgers for the 1,000th time I think so to mark that Fox went through all the different eras of broadcasting. It was cool to watch but apparently that game took forever to play out thanks to Fox's need to constantly change cameras etc.

michned
06-12-2008, 12:00 AM
My parents lived in Boston for a few years after WW II and my Dad always said he liked Braves Field way more than Fenway.

Fenway
06-12-2008, 12:51 AM
My parents lived in Boston for a few years after WW II and my Dad always said he liked Braves Field way more than Fenway.

I was only in Braves Field once before they tore down the grandstand to make way for BU dorms. The right field pavilion still remains today.

It was a pitchers park with deep dimensions and pitches were also aided by winds coming off the Charles.

The Braves fanbase would be similar to the White Sox as the fanbase came from the Allston-Brighton sections of Boston and from the cities of Newton, Watertown, Cambridge and Somerville. The fans were mostly Catholic and working class while the Red Sox were the favorites of the suburbs.

Their demise in Boston was hastened sadly by the intergration of the National League as Boston was not a tolerant city in those days. The Braves went from drawing 1.5 million in 1948 to 250,000 in 1952 and Red Sox attendance stayed the same. Dave Anderson of the NY Times was the Brooklyn beat writer for the Brooklyn Eagle in 1952 and remembers Boston was the only place where Jackie Robinson did not draw big crowds.

Braves Field had one of the first all electric scoreboards and Kansas City bought it when Philadelphia moved there in 1955.

Braves Field may well be the most forgotten ballpark of any that was in use after WW2.

MeteorsSox4367
06-12-2008, 09:40 AM
Fenway: Isn't part of Braves Field used as the football/soccer field for BU? I thought I'd read something once about that being true.

Fenway
06-12-2008, 10:13 AM
Yes. Today what remains of Braves Field is used by Boston University athletics. The school dropped football 11 years ago but it may return in 2012. Now it is used for soccer and lacrosse.

Today it is known as Nickerson Field and is a mile west of Fenway on Commonwealth Ave and on the B line of the Greem Line subway.

It has hosted games in the National League, American League, the World Series twice, American Football League (Patriots), National Football League (Redskin and Yanks), USFL (Breakers) and various pro soccer and lacrosse teams.

vegyrex
06-12-2008, 10:14 AM
1948 was a good year for the flubbies. They finished in last place! :D:

scarsofthumper
06-12-2008, 01:30 PM
I gotta admit, the way WGN is doing it so far is pretty bad ass.

skottyj242
06-12-2008, 01:52 PM
1948 was a good year for the flubbies. They finished in last place! :D:

Um so did the White Sox. If it's 1948 why do the Cubs have a Japanese player in right field?

RedHeadPaleHoser
06-12-2008, 02:08 PM
If it's 1948 why do the Cubs have a Japanese player in right field?

Damn...that is a loaded question.

scarsofthumper
06-12-2008, 04:37 PM
Um so did the White Sox. If it's 1948 why do the Cubs have a Japanese player in right field?Post of the month.

getonbckthr
06-12-2008, 04:47 PM
Ouch babe. HBP to end it. "Go, Cubs, Go" recording has died!!!!!

WhiteSox5187
06-12-2008, 05:04 PM
On a side note, those stirrups are beautiful. They should be mandatory for every team.

getonbckthr
06-12-2008, 05:58 PM
On a side note, those stirrups are beautiful. They should be mandatory for every team.
I concur.

Railsplitter
06-12-2008, 07:30 PM
I saw the first two innings on the breakroom TV, and liked. There were numerous shots of the scoreboard between pitches and the camera angles of the action looked like they were inspired by those old Movietone newsreels.

FourStarsTwoBars
06-12-2008, 07:56 PM
As upsetting as it was, the quick zooms in and out after that home run in the bottom of the ninth were hilarious

gobears1987
06-12-2008, 08:42 PM
If they sold beer at 1948 prices, then there would've been a fan riot. I would've loved to see that.

Viva Medias B's
06-12-2008, 08:54 PM
While driving, I heard Len Kasper's imitation of Jack Brickhouse during Edmonds' home run. It made me so sick I almost drove my automobile off the road.

pierzynski07
06-12-2008, 08:58 PM
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2008_06_12_atlmlb_chnmlb_1&mode=wrap

The video clips are from the WGN broadcast. The Francour home run was in the B&W 2nd inning, and the game tying HEY HEY clip is there as well.

Oh, and in the recap, they say the old school home run call was a great Haray Caray imitation. :scratch:

FourStarsTwoBars
06-12-2008, 09:36 PM
The Braves are now 3-18 in 1 run games, that is just awful

thomas35forever
06-12-2008, 09:39 PM
I liked it better when Fox did a Cubs-Dodgers game back in 2000 that showed the way games were broadcast in different eras. That was cool.

kba
06-12-2008, 09:48 PM
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2008_06_12_atlmlb_chnmlb_1&mode=wrap

The video clips are from the WGN broadcast. The Francour home run was in the B&W 2nd inning, and the game tying HEY HEY clip is there as well.

Oh, and in the recap, they say the old school home run call was a great Haray Caray imitation. :scratch:

They must have studied old tapes pretty carefully to recreate the old-school look on Edmonds' home run. It was dead-on to what I remember from WGN in the 60's.

Viva Medias B's
06-12-2008, 10:06 PM
They must have studied old tapes pretty carefully to recreate the old-school look on Edmonds' home run. It was dead-on to what I remember from WGN in the 60's.

Did WGN always do that, or is it more an imitation of Ernie Banks' 500th home run when the camera zoomed back and forth.

kba
06-13-2008, 10:34 AM
Did WGN always do that, or is it more an imitation of Ernie Banks' 500th home run when the camera zoomed back and forth.

They didn't do the zooms on every home run, but I remember it on walk-offs and grand slams. The "hey hey" graphic existed in a lot of different forms as well - from the screen-filling primitive animation that they replicated yesterday to a single small "HEY HEY!!!" flashing at the bottom of the screen as the batter circled the bases. It was always in that white monospace font that WGN used well into the 1970's.

esbrechtel
06-14-2008, 10:04 AM
It is a shame that they couldn't do this on a sunday or a saturday where more people could watch (I understand that it was an anniversary so they couldn't pick to show it on a weekend)