This book is the story of the World Champion 1957 Milwaukee Braves. Part of that story, of course, is the backstory and Klima starts off with the Braves’ journey from Boston to Milwaukee. The Braves were the first franchise to move in the modern era and kick off the western expansion of MLB. The story of the Braves in general resembles that of the Brewers; unlike the Pilots, however, the Braves moved not due to mismanagement but a lack of fanbase in Boston and New England. Even back in 1953, the Red Sox were the king of the market; there may have not been a Red Sox Nation yet but it was definitely Sox territory. The Braves fanbase in Milwaukee is much the same as the Brewers one now; they turn out in droves even for playoff-losing teams and parade for playoff losers as much as for winners. Even then, Milwaukee was spoken of as the best of the small-market fanbases. Tailgate culture existed back in the 1950s, too.
One of the interesting things here was the discussion of bad TV contracts (another thing in common with the Brewers!)–the Braves’ owner didn’t want to televise home games because he thought it would reduce attendance.
Luckily Klima still had primary sources to draw from for his research; he used Henry Aaron, Dal Crandall, Joe Torre, Johnny Logan and Red Schoendienst as sources. (If you forgot Schoendienst played for a team other than the Dreaded Cardinals, you’re not alone. The Cardinals rivalry also existed when the Braves played in Milwaukee!)
Oh, and everyone hated the Yankees then. Some things never change.