1913 Boston Braves
1913 Boston Braves / Franchise: Atlanta Braves / BR Team Page
Managed by George Stallings
Team Captain: Bill Sweeney
History, Comments, Contributions
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.
- Harold Kaese: Boston Braves: 1871-1953, Northeastern University Press, Boston, MA 2004, p. 131. ISBN 978-1555536176. Originally published in 1948.
- Bryan Soderholm-Difatte: "The Stallings Platoon: The 1913 Prequel", The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 45, Number 2 (Fall 2016), pp. 15-25.