Club History

In 1871, The Boston Red Stockings began play in the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players.  Five years later, the club became a charter member of the National League, changing its name to the Red Caps. As was common in that era, the team once again changed their name to the Boston Beaneaters in 1883. During the late 19th century, the Beaneaters dominated the National League, winning eight pennants. They played their home games at The South End Grounds on corner of Columbus Avenue and Walpole Street (now Ruggles Station).


The 1886 Boston Beaneaters at The South End Grounds.

The club won National League Championships in 1877, 1878, 1883, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1897 and 1898. During that time they were led by Hall Of Famers:

The club’s dominant run ended abruptly as Boston’s brand new American League club began to lure the Beaneaters’ best players away with much higher salaries, which the National League club did not attempt to match. After over a decade of mediocrity and name changes to the Doves and Rustlers, the newly renamed Boston Braves stunned the baseball world by winning the World Series in 1914. It would be their last championship in Boston. The club moved to to Milwaukee in 1953, and finally to Atlanta in 1966. The club still exists today as the Atlanta Braves and is the oldest continuously playing team in major North American sports. (Wikipedia)