from Remembering Fenway Park: An Oral and
Narrative History of the Home of the Boston Red
Sox/Abrams 2011 - - now available in stores and
on-line and direct from the author
JOHN SHANNAHAN: The summer of 1962 my uncles Patrick and Teddy took
me to my first game, a weekday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins. We
sat on the third base side, upper box seats. I asked my uncles which
team is which. Red Sox are in the white uniforms and the Twins in the
grey, they said. But in the bright summer sunny afternoon they all
looked white to me.
It was Nun's Day, and it looked like there were thousands of nuns in
front of us dressed in their old black habits with the white coifs
around their faces. In the early 60s, Richard Cardinal Cushing would
hold a Nun's Day at Fenway every year. Later on when I went to my second
game at Fenway, I wondered: “How come the nuns aren’t here?”
BISHOP JOHN D’ARCY: Nun’s Day was a big day at Fenway. The nuns wore
the old long habits and Cardinal Cushing -- a great, bigger-than-life
Boston figure and a big baseball fan -- would come along. He'd wear a
straw hat, which was common in those days, and a black suit. Back then
the priests always wore black to the games, and there were a lot of
priests at the games.
SISTER ANNE D’ARCY: There were probably hundreds of nuns at the game,
from all different communities, and it was such a treat to meet the
other sisters and take in the game from seats in the grandstand. It was
kind of a like an outing where everyone could enjoy this treasure of
this Red Sox team even if they were not that good.
ALAN CAMASSAR: On a
beautiful June day, my wife and I were with our son at his first major
league game. Two nuns in full black garb were behind us. It was a good
game, but the Sox lost and my son was visibly disappointed. One of the
nuns just reached over, put her hand on his shoulder and said, “Don’t
cry. It’s just God’s will.”
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