“On the seventh day He rested”…..

And Jim Rice and John Havlicek played golf.

Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice and Celtics Hall of Famer John Havlicek get ready to tee it up.

Some tid bits about “Hondo”.

  • In 1962, he was a first round draft pick out of Ohio State of the Boston Celtics and a seventh round pick of the Cleveland Browns.
  • His college teammates included Jerry Lucas, Bobby Knight and Larry Siegfried who would become a Celtic teammate as well.
  • Celtic announcer Johnny Most dubbed him “the Bouncing Buckeye from Ohio State”.
  • When he retired he was the Celtics all time leading scorer and the sixth highest scorer in NBA history.
  • The Celtics won eight championships while Havlicek wore the Celtic green.
  • He was named to 13 consecutive NBA All Star teams.
  • Eleven times he was named to either the first or second All NBA team.
  • He was named to the All NBA first or second defensive team on eight occasions.
  • In 1996 he was named one of the top 50 players in the history of the NBA. 
  • His number 17 hangs from the Gahhden rafters.

Oh and at Fenway Park today the Red Sox will try once again to get over the .500 mark. They do so as a result of last nights walk off bomb by pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia!

“Salty” watches his majestic shot fly through the Fenway night.

And it was a bomb carrying about 10 rows over the Red Sox bullpen scoring Daniel Nava ahead of him who had walked leading off the ninth. Now I don’t mean to be a wet blanket and I do not consider myself one of those gloom and doomers who always sees the negative aspects of the Fenway team. In fact my glass is always half full, however, did anyone else notice that as the Red Sox dugout emptied last night to welcome home “Salty” the home run hero, Bobby V was obviously among the crowd ready to give the big guy the big hug. “Salty” brushed right by him. It could mean absolutely nothing, it could simply be the fact that he had just had his shirt torn off his back by his “Papi”

Or it could mean something. Oh my God, it might mean that I am turning into one of those nattering nabobs of negativism! Yikes, I must stop.

Maybe, just maybe, Friday’s “purpose” pitch will be the turning point, after all yesterday was the first walk off win of 2012. Hmmmmm…..

And so it is on this day in Fenway Park history, May 27, 2012, getting over .500 day?

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About fenwaypark100

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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