The inscribed brick, one of more than 1,000 placed in Monument Grove at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves jerseys baseball team, is one of a kind.
The inscription reads Altison Boston Braves jerseys No. 1 Fan, honoring the longtime Marlborough resident who cofounded the Boston Braves jerseys Historical Association in 1992. As business manager of the association until his death last June at age 79, Altison was the keeper of the flame for the team he never stopped rooting for, starting as a member of the Knothole Gang at Braves jerseys Field in Boston in the 1940s.
The Altison brick sits near a statue of Hall of Fame lefthander Warren Spahn, who along with his teammates and the team diminishing cadre of fans were stunned when the Braves jerseys moved to Milwaukee in 1953, ending 76 years of National League baseball in Boston. The team has been in Atlanta since 1966.
An Allston native, Altison watched the 1948 World Series against the Cleveland Indians jerseys while working in concessions at Braves jerseys Field, now the site of Boston University Nickerson Field. He was a one man encyclopedia on the Braves jerseys, and a prime mover in the creation of the team hall of fame.
He kept the names and addresses of any player or coach who wore a Boston Braves jerseys uniform on file, and arranged 17 annual team reunions in Boston, most recently in 2008. Over the years, the guests included Spahn, pitcher Johnny Sain, and popular outfielder Tommy Holmes from the team; infielder Sibby mlb jerseys from china Sisti, who had a cameo appearance in Natural, and outfielder Sam Jethroe, the first African American player to wear a Braves jerseys uniform and the NL Rookie of the Year in 1950.
When Jethroe fell on hard times after his house burned down, Altison led an association fund raising drive to help him.
we learned the Braves jerseys were creating this area in their memorial park for people to lay bricks, we ordered the brick and used donations from our membership to purchase it, said Newton resident Saul Wisnia, a BBHA board member. had such an overwhelming response last summer and fall that we were able to make a donation to the Jimmy Fund in George memory and some members are still sending in donations.
was the guiding light in keeping the memory of his boyhood baseball heroes alive, said Wisnia. personified the team he loved a working class guy with a heart of gold who delighted in bringing the Braves jerseys back to Boston, if only for a day or two a year. Knowing that his name is a permanent part of the structure where the Braves jerseys now reside would be a source of great pride for him, as would the fact the surplus money donated for his brick was going to the Jimmy Fund at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute a charity the Boston Braves jerseys helped establish.
George, the association would never have gotten rolling, said Morgan. did all the hard work and he was very successful in bringing a lot of those old timers back. He was Boston Braves jerseys all the way and I glad to have been able to help honor him. George did what he did, I don know, but he got a lot of people involved because of his personality, said Conatser.
if I needed anything, he always came through. I remember traveling to Easthampton in on behalf of the Jimmy Fund and they had my name on the theater marquee. I wasn a great player, but I can say to this day I had my name in lights.
loved every minute of his endeavors on behalf of the Braves jerseys and I hope someday our family can go to Atlanta to see the brick, she said. especially loved the reunions and he always liked to add a little surprise that wasn on the program. He was content to call himself its business manager, Brady said, he was so much more than that.