The Boston Red Caps (now the Atlanta Braves) were making a showing in Boston. But they were not without rivals in 1878. Providence was just 50 miles away and had just joined the National League. But they were also coming on strong. They finished third to Boston’s first place.
So, how to fuel the rivalry? Get special trains to make the 50 mile journey back and forth. It worked in 1878. Instant rivalry and more games for the fans.