December 17, 1954 – Milwaukee civic leader Fred Miller, credited with persuading Lou Perini to move the Braves from Boston to Milwaukee, died in a fiery plane crash shortly after takeoff from Mitchell Field. It was widely believed that Miller would have used his business connections to buy the Braves when Perini was ready to sell, thus keeping them in Milwaukee.

December 17, 1954 – Milwaukee civic leader Fred Miller, credited with persuading Lou Perini to move the Braves from Boston to Milwaukee, died in a fiery plane crash shortly after takeoff from Mitchell Field. It was widely believed that Miller would have used his business connections to buy the Braves when Perini was ready to sell, thus keeping them in Milwaukee.