A happy Friday to you all. Tonight the Sox will try once again to get above the .500 mark for the first time this season. They are playing well and even Bobby Valentine is earning praise from the warm and fuzzy Boston media. For not only has he held his team together with scotch tape and glue as player after player falls by the wayside, the Sox have won 10 out of their last 13.
First Edition of the Red Sox 2012 program.
As they begin a stint which will have them at Fenway for 13 of their next 16 games I thought I would take a trip down memory lane. So jump on board.
I am a memorabilia collector and some of my favorite items are Red Sox programs. I especially like them if they are scored for, to me, that brings the game to life.
The 1968 program is a particular favorite for it proclaims the glory of the 1967 American League Champs.
The fact that this cover is written on would blemish it for most collectors, but not me, it would have me scrambling to figure out which game this person may have seen. And that is a whole other story in itself.
This 1951 program marked the 50th anniversary of the American League.
I love this Fenway Park program from 1951 because I love all those logos. The Athletics were still at their first stop and Philadelphia, the Browns were still two years removed from moving from St. Louis to Baltimore and the original Senators (Nationals) still had a decade left in the Nations Capital. These are the original eight teams which formed the American League in 1901.
This relic has the special attraction of an autographed front. Who of us who lived it can forget Ned Martin’s call, “looped towards shortstop, Petrocelli’s back he’s got it the RED SOX WIN….There’s pandamonium on the field, listen!
The 2012 edition of the Boston Red Sox marks the 53rd rendition of the Fenway Park inhabitants I have followed. With all the joy, elation, success and glory that the teams of the past decade have brought me, the 1967 will always be my all time favorite Red Sox team. And that’s also another story for another day!
This 1959 program was sold at Fenway Park, the year I made my first trip to see the Sox with Dad.
The specifics of that first game have left me, however my first breathtaking view of that field will be with me always!
1961 marked the appearance of Carl Michael Yastrzemski who replaced Ted Williams in left field.
Yaz would say many times that replacing Ted brought more pressure than anything he experienced in his entire career.
My first yearbook came in 1961 and featured that up and coming star by the name of Yastrzemski.
The yearbook is another piece of memorabilia which I am partial to, but once again another story for another time. Lord do I love this!
And so it is on this day in Fenway Park history, May 25, 2012.