I can not even the imagine the pain involved with being a fan of a team, and then one day they are gone. They cease to exist for whatever reason. Perhaps they just moved to another city or became a new franchise altogether in a new location. Being a Phillies fan my entire life I have been lucky enough, or cursed depending on how you look at it, to have them in the same place for my 40-plus years. Fans in Montreal, St.Louis and of course Washington understand the pain I am talking about, but what about Milwaukee. They had the Braves for over a decade and had sustained success in that town, then one day they were gone. Today’s book take a look at their short stay in Milwaukee and the glory that accompanied it
William Povletich has created a really entertaining and informative book. He takes an in-depth look at the Braves 13 year stay in Wisconsin, where they never had a losing season. If that wasn’t a match made in heaven for the Braves fans, what is? The author has a special passion for the Milwaukee Braves that comes through in his writing which is an enjoyable aspect of this book.
Weaving through their short stay in Milwaukee starting with their arrival from Boston, you see the move to their new home and their ascension to the World Series. You see the how the Braves were able to maintain winning seasons in their new town and able to garner some fan support of the quality players they provided for fan enjoyment. Alas, it was not to be and you see how the Braves were drawn in by Atlanta and eventually left for greener pastures.
The pictures included in this book are really great. I have read a few Braves books like this in the past and don’t ever remember seeing photos like these. One other aspect of the book that is enjoyable is the player interviews. The guys who actually played in Milwaukee during those glory years give you their take on events and how they unfolded.
Even if you have read other books about the Milwaukee Braves, you should still check this one out. This books writing style and photos give it an entirely different feel than some of the others. Each book offers different things about the same subject, and this one has earned its rightful place among them. Braves fans will not be disappointed.
You can get this book from the nice folks at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press
I always find it fascinating to see if the grass is greener on the other side of the field. I wonder if fans of other teams are as miserable as I am as a Phillies fan. I wonder if they have the same excitement when their team finally finds success, and its interesting to see how those fans react. These reasons explain why I enjoy team books so much. Especially those books that focus on a certain year in the team’s history, even if it wasn’t a succesful year. Todays book takes a look at one of those succesful team that had an incredible year.
The Milwaukee Braves were short-lived. Playing in Milwaukee from 1953-1965 after their transplant from Boston, it almost seemed those 12 years were just a rest stop on their way to Atlanta. But the Braves had one magical season in 1957 that stands out in the fans mind to this day. No matter who your team is, you would want a season like this to remember.
SABR member Gregory Wolf and his group of editors have written a great book that celebrates that magical season. They take you on a journey through the team roster. In great detail they look at all the strengths and weaknesses that each player had and what contributions they made to the team. This book covers every last person on the roster that season, not just the superstars. From opening day to the World Series end, you get everyone. It makes you go wow, I never realized that guy was on this team. It also reviews all the highs that the season contained for the fans and their journey to the World Series.
One of the most interesting parts of the book for me was how the Braves moved from Boston to Milwaukee. It put some of the pieces in their proper place so you understood the entire story of the move out of Beantown. Books written by SABR members never fail to amaze me. They always give me some sort of information that I always was curious about but could never find the back story on it.
If you are a Milwaukee Braves fan this book will not disappoint. It gives amazing amounts of details about that historical season, that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Fans of great teams and special seasons will also enjoy this book, because it was something really special to be a part of. As always, SABR writers do not disappoint.
You can get this book from the nice folks at The Society for American Baseball Research