Boston Braves and Diners – Thinking of My Dad
Posted on: January 11, 2011
We joke in my family that you could do anything with my dad, as long as it was something he wanted to do So we girls went to many a field trial, old book store and decoy shop.
There were some times however where our interests intersected, and this picture of a diner is one of those examples:
Another thing my dad was known for was being very loyal and set in his ways. So when The Boston Braves left Boston in 1953, my dad remained a Braves fan for the rest of his life -even though the Red Sox were now the hometown team.
But what does that have to do with this photo of a Hayes Bickford’s Diner on Commonwealth Ave in Boston?
Knowing I was interested in diners, my dad got this photo ( a reprint from BU Photo Services) to share with me. I remember him telling me that at one point this diner was owned by Warren Spahn of The Boston Braves.
Diners and The Boston Braves – finally we had something we could talk about!
My research at Boston-Braves.com confirms what dad said:
“With the slogan, “The Best In Baseball — The Best In Food,” the restaurant?s debut was set for Opening Day 1953 to welcome hungry Braves Field patrons. Unfortunately, both
Spahn and potential pre- and post game hungry customers were in Milwaukee that April. The restaurant, on the opposite side of Commonwealth Avenue near Babcock Street, is long gone. It transitioned into a Hayes Bickford diner and, ultimately, to a muf?er shop.”
Now I will leave it up to the diner folks (Larry, I’m looking your way ;-)) to fill in the blanks about this diner’s make and model and history. To me the history is with the photo, and the subject, and my dad.
This photo made it’s way from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania sandwiched between two of dad’s records – the Mills Brothers and The Ink Spots. Here’s to you, dad – and thanks for caring for us, all the time, even when we didn’t have a lot to talk about:
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