Opening Day in 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the designated hitter rule in the American League. The first Boston Red Sox designated hitter was future Hall of Fame member Orlando Cepeda. Orlando spent only one season in Boston but he tells us that season helped put him in the Hall of Fame.
Former Red Sox pitcher Frank Sullivan spent eleven springs preparing to pitch in the big leagues. Frank looks back on a time when a crowd of 500 was a good turnout for an exhibition game, when teams “barnstormed their way north playing exhibition games along the way, and when players of color had to deal with segregation in the South…. Read more →
For the past 67 years the Boston Red Sox have trained under the sunny skies of Florida, or from 1959 to 1965, in the desert warmth of Scottsdale, Arizona. But from 1943 through 1945, World War II travel restrictions required the Red Sox to hold their spring training camps north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Johnny Pesky was a Red Sox player, manager, coach, broadcaster and special instructor. Most of all, Johnny Pesky was the ultimate goodwill ambassador for the Boston Red Sox. Johnny’s passing at age 93 on August 13, 2012, left a void that can never really be filled.
To say former Red Sox pitcher Frank Sullivan has led an interesting life would be an understatement. He has traveled the world, practiced with the Boston Celtics, graced the cover of The Saturday Evening Post, and played the Old Course at St. Andrews.