The Boston Bees

April 29th Celebrates The Boston Bees

Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on April 29th 1947 The Boston Bees agreed to change their name to the Braves.

Why would a base ball team Boston Braves call themselves the Boston Bees?

In actuality, the name came from new owner, James Gaffney, who purchased the team in 1912.

Gaffney was a member of the Tammany Society, the mostly Irish wing of the Democratic Party political machine in New York City.

The Society was named after a Native American leader of the Lenape tripe, a fellow named Tamanend.

The Tammany Society had a picture of a Native American brave as their logo and had a white marble statue of Tamanend on the façade of the building that was their headquarters, Tammany Hall.

Boston team president John Montgomery Ward suggested the idea of naming the team after the Tammany logo and everyone agreed.

Gaffney sold the team three years later, but the name stuck.

The only time the Braves changed their name was a brief period in the mid 1930s when they had a fan poll that led to them being called the Boston Bees from 1936-1941.

From 1941 on, though, they have been the Braves, even after they moved to Milwaukee in 1953 and Atlanta in 1966.

The Boston Bees were a short-lived incarnation of the Boston Braves, which lasted from 1936 to 1940.

The National League Atlanta Braves franchise started in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings of the National Association, became the Boston Red Caps with the formation of the National League in 1876.

They were know by a variety of unofficial names in their first few decades, including the Boston Beaneaters starting in 1883, then the Boston Doves in 1907, and the Boston Rustlers in 1911, those last two names being derived from the last name of their owner at the time.

The team took a break from the Boston Braves nickname from 1936 to 1940, playing as the Boston Bees before returning to the Braves name in 1941. The Braves had been losing fans and games in profusion during the 1920s and the first half of the 1930s and, seeking to reverse the trend, prior to the start of the 1936 season, team President Bob Quinn asked fans to select the new team nickname. The name chosen was the Bees, but it did not catch on, especially as the team’s on-field fortunes were no better than under its more traditional name.

As we celebrate today how on April 29th 1947, The Boston Bees agreed to change their name to the Boston Braves.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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