Memorabilia from the Milwaukee Braves, 1953-1965

The Milwaukee Braves, 1953-1965


The Braves arrived in Milwaukee from Boston in the spring of 1953, the first major league baseball franchise to move in fifty years. In 1957, the Braves won the World Series, beating the New York Yankees. Unfortunately, team performance and attendance began to drop off in the early 1960s, and in 1964, the Braves reached an agreement to move the team to Atlanta. Local car salesman and team stockholder Bud Selig fought to block the move, arguing that a baseball team owed it to its community to remain loyal. A court injunction kept the team in Milwaukee for one more season, but in the end, the move to Atlanta could not be stopped. Milwaukee remained without a major league baseball team for the next five years when Selig, in conjunction with an ownership group, acquired the Seattle Pilots in 1969.


Related Topics: Wisconsin's Response to 20th-century change
The Rise of Professional Sports
Creator: Various
Pub Data: Wisconsin Historical Society Museum. 50th Anniversary Exhibit.
Citation: "The Milwaukee Braves, 1953-1965." Wisconsin Historical Society Museum. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1149; Visited on: 10/31/2014
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