1913 Boston Braves

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1913 Boston Braves / Franchise: Atlanta Braves / BR Team Page[edit]

Record: 69-82-3, Finished 5th in National League (1913 NL)

Managed by George Stallings

Ballpark: South End Grounds and Fenway Park

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

The 1913 Boston Braves were the first team to use platooning extensively as a strategy, under first-year manager George Stallings. He used the strategy in LF where Joe Connolly shared playing time with Bris Lord; in RF with Tommy Griffith and Les Mann; and at 3B between Art Devlin and Tex McDonald. A few other teams also platooned that season, but none at more than one position. The strategy went under the radar given the Braves not particularly successful, but it would be thrown into the spotlight in 1914 when the Braves won a completely unexpected pennant.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Bryan Soderholm-Difatte: "The Stallings Platoon: The 1913 Prequel", The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 45, Number 2 (Fall 2016), pp. 15-25.