Jimmy Piersall overcame mental illness to become one of the most exciting ballplayers in Red Sox history. His baseball career almost came to a premature end when he was hospitalized during the 1952 season and diagnosed as manic depressive. The story of his battle to overcome mental illness is chronicled in his book, Fear Strikes Out, which he wrote with Al… Read more →
When former Red Sox All-Star center fielder Fred Lynn learned that Nomar Garciaparra had connected for three home runs and driven in ten runs against the Seattle Mariners on May 10, 1999, his first reaction was, “Good for him!” Lynn’s second reaction was, “I hope Nomar appreciates how fortunate he was to do it in front of the Boston fans.”… Read more →
Dom DiMaggio was arguably the greatest center fielder in the history of the Boston Red Sox. During his ten full seasons with the Red Sox, Dom’s hits, runs scored and doubles compared favorably with the results of Ted Williams, Stan Musial and his brother Joe during the same period. And while Dom was an excellent hitter, he was an even… Read more →
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 →