“The curse is done, it’s over, Ted’s going to chase it away.” Franc Talarico to a Boston TV reporter on April 16, 2004

Christmas morning came for me on Friday April 16, 2004 as I stood on Van Ness Street and chuckled to myself watching the gathering of dignitaries ready to participate in this historic event.

Hank Evanish (benefactor), Franc Talarico (sculptur) and Red Sox owner Larry Lucchino chat before the ceremonies.

Once again, Franc’s graciousness had me along for the ride. He had taken to introducing me as his “consultant” and as time passes I am increasingly humbled and will be grateful evermore by that thought.

Franc made his way through the crowd meeting new folks and renewing acquaintances.

Franc talking with Dave McCarthy (center) the executive director of the Ted Williams Museum and Bobby Doerr.

He was interviewed by a Boston TV reporter and I was amused when he pronounced that “the curse was over”! He actually said that!  He said Ted was going to chase it away! Now I was never one to buy into all that curse nonsense for two basic reasons; one, it was nonsense and second, I couldn’t see the likes of Babe Ruth with his heart and love for the game, cursing anyone or anything. However, it was interesting and amusing that Franc, recognized the pall which seemed to hang over Fenway and on that chilly April morn in 2004 proclaimed it over. And the funny part is, we all know what happened six months later!

Everyone gathered as the time for the unveiling drew near. Several people spoke and Franc was introduced to the crowd.

Franc is applauded by from left to right, Larry Luchinno, Mayor Tom Menino, Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky.

The statue was unveiled by  Hank Evanish, the man who set everything in motion, Johnny Pesky, Mayor Menino and Bobby Doerr.

Franc, Larry Luchinno (behind him), Hank, Johnny Pesky, the Mayor and Bobby Doerr, minutes after the statue was unveiled.

And it was not long before the people began to observe and mingle.

The Red Sox played the Yankees that night and pummeled them. Eight years later Ted joined himself on Van Ness Street as “The Teammates” statue was unveiled celebrating the very special relationship of Ted, Johnny Pesky, Dom Dimaggio and Bobby Doerr.

When Fenway Park celebrates its 100th birthday in April, it will mark the eighth anniversary of the unveiling of the Ted Williams Jimmy Fund statue.

For eight years, Ted has been standing watch over Fenway and when all is said and done, that is as it should be. For through the litany of the games very best who have called Fenway Park home: from Speaker and Ruth, to Grove and Foxx, to Yastrzemski, Fisk and Rice and into today Ted Williams is the once and forever face of the Boston Red Sox. He now stands forevermore with his teammates and his kids, his Jimmy Fund kids! And all due to the vision and generosity of Hank Evanish and the heart, mind and hands of Franc Talarico.

 

Hank, Ted and Franc.

                 And so it was on this date in Fenway Park history, April 16, 2004. 

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Hello and welcome, my name is Raymond Sinibaldi. An educator for more than two decades, a baseball fan for nearly 60 years, I have authored four books about baseball and her glorious history; with a fifth on the way in late spring of 2015; the first, The Babe in Red Stockings which was co-authored with Kerry Keene and David Hickey. It is a chronicle of Babe's days with the Red Sox. We also penned a screenplay about Babe's Red Sox days so if any of you are Hollywood inclined or would like to represent us in forwarding that effort feel free to contact me through my email. In 2012 we three amigos published Images of Fenway Park in honor of the 100th birthday of Fenway Park. That led to the creation of this blog. The following year, 2013 came my first solo venture, Spring Training in Bradenton and Sarasota. This is a pictorial history of spring training in those two Florida cities. The spring of 2014 brought forth the 1967 Red Sox, The Impossible Dream Season. The title speaks for itself and it also is a pictorial history. Many of the photos in this book were never published before. The spring of 2015 will bring 1975 Red Sox, American League Champions. Another pictorial effort, this will be about the Red Sox championship season of 1975 and the World Series that restored baseball in America. I was fortunate enough to consult with sculptor Franc Talarico on the “Jimmy Fund” statue of Ted Williams which stands outside both Fenway Park and Jet Blue Park Fenway South, in Fort Myers Florida. That story is contained in the near 300 posts which are contained herein. This blog has been dormant for awhile but 2015 will bring it back to life so jump on board, pass the word and feel free to contact me about anything you read or ideas you may have for a topic. Thanks for stopping by, poke around and enjoy. Autographed copies of all my books are available here, simply click on Raymond Sinibaldi and email me.
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