With the Super Bowl behind us thoughts turn in New England to perhaps the area’s most beloved sports team –the Boston Red Sox. Herewith for your reading pleasure, snippets about the Old Towne Team.
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I came into Fenwayfor the first time and saw that leftfield fence, and I thought maybe I had signed with the wrong organization. But it helped me work on making a change in my pitching style. I came up as a fastball pitcher but soon realized I would have to use a lot more breaking stuff. Pitching at Fenway
I pitched my first major league game on April 20 against Washington. Frankie
It truly impressed me as a rookie kid to see Mr. Yawkey on the field taking batting practice with us. I didn’t see him hit any balls out, but he got some close to the wall. The kids who worked around the ballpark would shag flies for him. When he was done, he would give each one a twenty-dollar bill.
SAM MELE: I started my major league career on April 15, 1947. It was against the Philadelphia Athletics at Fenway
I was just thrilled to be there in the outfield with Dom DiMaggio and Ted
DOM DIMAGGIO: Sam Mele wasn’t a bad outfielder. Ted
I did not shoot for the
SAM MELE: I was moved around by the hand signals. Ted and Dom were veterans and I was just beginning my career. Well, every team was different naturally. Guys hit to right field no power, give me the palm, go in. Go back against the good hitters, like Mo Skowron, go back. He had good power to right field.
Right field, oh how fucking tough that was to play. The sun came right over the stands. And the carom along the right field fence… you cannot go directly towards the wall for the ball. You gotta surround it because it curves. And if it ever goes by you it would end up, oh, half way to centerfield.
At that time, they did not have the walls padded. I went into the right field wall and banged into it. Right after that they padded the right field wall. I went into the bullpen fence. Later on they padded the bullpen fence.
After every game, everybody–Dom, Pesky, me, Doerr–would all gather around
I always sat next to
If he didn’t know that pitcher he would go up and down the whole dugout wanting to know: “Has anybody seen this guy? How’s his curveball? Slow? Does it go down and in? Has he got a sinker?” Things like that.
On13, 1947 , Ted
The Red Sox’s longtime owner was never enthusiastic about night baseball. As The Boston Globe’s Hy Hurwitz reported, “Yawkey is strictly in the baseball business” and added that Yawkey didn’t “believe in fashion shows, nylon hosiery, door prizes and other nonsense.”
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Written by acclaimed sports author and oral historian Dr. Harvey Frommer, with an introduction by pro football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, When It Was Just a Game tells the fascinating story of the ground-breaking AFL–NFL World Championship Football game played on January 15, 1967: Packers vs. Chiefs. Filled with new insights, containing commentary from the unpublished memoir of Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram, featuring oral history from many who were at the game—media, players, coaches, fans—the book is mainly in the words of those who lived it and saw it go on to become the Super Bowl, the greatest sports attraction the world has ever known. Archival photographs and drawings help bring the event to life.
Dr. Harvey Frommer, a professor at Dartmouth College, is in his 40th year of writing books. The author of hundreds of articles and 43 sports books including the classics: best-selling New York City Baseball, 1947-1957 and best-selling “Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball ,the prolific Frommer also authored the acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium (second edition 2016) and best-selling Remembering Fenway Park..He is at work on “the Ultimate Yankee book” to be published in 2017.
Together with his wife Myrna Katz Frommer, he has written the acclaimed oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami.
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