Evansville Braves

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Evansville Braves
(1938-1942; 1946-1957)
Evansville, Indiana
Team logo
PreviousB (1938-1942: 1946–1957)
Minor league affiliations
Previous leagues
Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League (Three-I League) (1938-1942; 1946–1957)
Major league affiliations

Minor league titles
League titles 4 1946, 1948, 1956, 1957
Team data
Previous names
Braves (1941-1942; 1946–1957)
Bees (1938-1940)
Previous parks
Bosse Field (1938-1942; 1946–1957)
1956 Evansville Braves.

The Evansville Braves was the primary nickname of a minor league baseball team based in Evansville, Indiana 1938-1942 and 1946-1957 and playing in the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League. Hall of Fame Inductees Bob Uecker and Warren Spahn played for Evansville during this era.


The Evansville Bees and Braves played the Class B Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League (the "Three-I" League) from 1938-1957, interrupted when the league ceased play during World War II. They played home games at Bosse Field, which is currently the third oldest baseball stadium in regular use in the United States.

Evansville of the Three-I League had a single affiliation with the Major League Braves franchise, playing as affiliates of the Boston Bees (1938-1940), Boston Braves (1941–42 and 1946–1952) and the Milwaukee Braves (1953–1957). The Evansville Bees (1938-1940) took their name when the Boston Braves changed their nickname to the Bees for a few seasons.

The team ceased after the 1957 season and Evansville was without baseball until the Evansville White Sox began play in the Class AA Southern League in 1966.[1] Today, Evansville and Bosse Field are home to the Frontier League's Evansville Otters.[2]

The ballpark[edit]

The franchise played at Bosse Field, located at 1701 Main Street & Morgan Street. Bosse Field was built in 1915 and had a capacity of 7,200 during the Braves era.[3] Historic Bosse Field is still in use today, serving as the home park for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League.[4] Next to Fenway Park (1912) and Wrigley Field (1914), Memorial Stadium in the third oldest professional park in existence, opening on June 17, 1915.[5]


Major League Affiliations[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Year-by-year record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1946 68-51 3rd Bob Coleman League Champs
1947 70-55 5th Bob Coleman NA
1948 67-54 3rd Bob Coleman League Champs
1949 74-51 1st Bob Coleman Lost League Finals
1950 56-70 6th Ernie White NA
1951 69-60 2nd Bob Coleman Lost in 1st round
1952 74-47 1st Bob Coleman Lost League Finals
1953 70-59 3rd Bob Coleman Lost League Finals
1954 81-54 1st Bob Coleman Lost in 1st round
1955 60-66 5th Bob Coleman NA
1956 84-36 1st Bob Coleman League Champs
1957 81-49 1st Bob Coleman League Champs