The Terriors of Boston University played their home games at Fenway Park for four seasons, (1949-1952). They found the confines of Fenway Park very friendly as in those four seasons they compiled a record of 14-7-1 in games played there. The newly formed team was in only their fifth season when they moved into Fenway and the success of the team coincided with, not only the move to Fenway, but the arrival of one Aristotle George (Harry) Agganis.
As a sophomore in 1949, Agganis set a school record throwing 15 touchdown passes, intercepted 15 passes, led the nation with a 46.5 punting average and was named the second team All American quarterback behind Kentucky’s Babe Parilli (see Thanksgiving post). On November 1, 1949, over 40,000 fans jammed Fenway Park to witness Agganis lead the Terriors against the University of Maryland. The game was broadcast nationally on CBS radio with a young voice by the name of Vince Scully making his national broadcast debut. Maryland squeaked out a 14-13 win and Scully went on to broadcasting immortality. He remains the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a position he has held since 1950.
The Cleveland Browns made Agganis the 12th overall pick in the 1952 NFL draft, hoping he would replace Otto Graham. He opted for baseball however becoming the Red Sox regular first baseman in 1954. The Terriors floundered following the departure of Harry Agganis and though the football program showed flashes of brilliance on occasion they never returned to the glory days of Fenway Park and Harry, “The Golden Greek” Agganis and disbanded following the 1997 season.