Monthly Archives: January 2012

Rounding Out the Pitching Staff with the Rest of the Boys…..

In 1912, the Boston Red Sox pitchers pitched a total of 1,362 innings. The five gentlemen we have already met, Wood, Bedient, O’Brien, Collins and Hall pitched 1, 241 of them! However there were six other pitchers who saw action … Continue reading

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Carlos Luis “Charley” Hall…..The Sea Lion.

We have met the four main cogs of the Red Sox rotation of 1912, “Smokey” Joe Wood, Hugh Bedient, “Buck” O’Brien and Ray Collins. There was a fifth man in the mix and his name was Charley Hall. Now before … Continue reading

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Ray Collins, “he is one of the best pitchers in the American League — one of the two or three best left-handed pitchers in the business.” Clark Griffith

The fourth man in the Red Sox pitching rotation in 1912 was a 25-year-old southpaw from Vermont named Ray Williston Collins. Born in Colchester Vermont, this 6′ 1″, 185lb left-hander had New England roots that literally went back to the beginning and … Continue reading

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“Pay another buck and travel first class.” George “Duffy” Lewis

The signature of Fenway Park is without a doubt the “Green Monster” or “Monstah” as the locals say. Constructed during Fenway’s renovation in 1934, it may well be the most recognizable feature of any sports venue in American history.  Well even … Continue reading

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“The man who has found nothing worth dieing for, is not fit to live.” Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King, January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968.  Earl Lawrence Wilson, October 2, 1934-April 23, 2005 Martin Luther King was named pastor of the Dexter Street Baptist Church in 1954 and graduated from Boston University in 1955 with a doctorate … Continue reading

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Frozen Fenway 2012 and Serendipity…..

The inaugural event of Fenway Parks 100th birthday year, was Frozen Fenway 2012; which began and will end with a “Free Skate” with college and high school hockey sandwiched in between. The first high school hockey contest featured Latin Academy and East Boston High School. The … Continue reading

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” The best outfield trio I ever saw….That’s easy, Lewis, Speaker and Hooper, and the greatest of those was Hooper.” Bill Carrigan

Nobody in the history of Fenway Park was part of more World Championship Red Sox teams than Harry Bartholomew Hooper! He played 12 seasons with the Red Sox starting in 1909 and for those 12 seasons he was a constant, leading off … Continue reading

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“Now batting number 25, Tony Conigliaro, Conigliaro.” Sherm Feller

The saga of Tony Conigliaro and his impact upon the Red Sox, Fenway Park and the Fenway Faithful would not be complete without an epilogue, as I wrote in the first story of Conig, he is a classic Shakespearian tragic hero. There are four … Continue reading

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“Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” William Shakespeare

Tony now knew his baseball career was behind him. Resolution came with that as he pursued his future and that future came with a natural match, a TV sportscaster in Providence Rhode Island. And why not, after all he had the … Continue reading

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I’m a realist, I believe in miracles.” Wayne Dyer

In snowed in Boston, Monday night April 7, 1975, but that did not keep 34,019 members of the Fenway Faithful from showing up the next afternoon to usher in the 1975 Red Sox season. Tony C’s magical, mystery tour had one more … Continue reading

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