Happy Holidays to one and all. I want to thank everyone who stopped by the Hanover Mall, in Hanover Mass. this past weekend making our signing a huge success.
Each new experience opens up so many doors and this was no exception. The people we met, the stories we heard and the Christmas Spirit was omnipresent. Many people, young and old, chose to give Fenway Park for Christmas.
Always interested in learning about the first time folks visited Fenway Park, Kerry asked an elderly gent as he was making his way past our table. The octogenarian paused and took a few steps toward us. “It was 1943” he said and Kerry and I prepared to hear a story about Fenway during the war years. “Yup, I was five years old and was never so bored in my whole life…..Never went back.” And then he was off on his way.
I met several folks who shared with me the October day in 1967 when the Sox clinched the pennant on the last day of the season.
And a few more who were there the night Carlton Fisk’s blast led to organist John Kiley’s blast of the Hallelujah Chorus!
And a few were reminiscing about Yaz’s goodbye weekend in 1983.
Yet, the highlight of the weekend came at the end. It was about 8 PM on Sunday and the crowd had thinned. The only thing keeping us there was the fact that movement was required to leave. Tired after three straight days on the go, a group of four young ladies approached our table. They were middle school kids and they said to us, “can we give you money?” What? They were so cute, they were DONE with Christmas shopping and they wanted to donate the rest of their money!
We guided them to the Marine’s and Toys for Tots and with that they, as well as us, went on our merry way.
I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and may the New Year bring you all that you want, all that you wish for and above all, all that you work for.
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.
Great post. Love the picture of Yaz waving goodbye.