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UPDATE–Lou Lucier: Oldest Living Red Sox Player

By |October 20th, 2014|

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Lou Lucier on October 18, 2014.  His obituary and arrangements are included in the following link: http://www.legacy.com Mr. Lucier was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever interviewed.  I treasure my memory of the [...]

RING LARDNER & THE 1914 MIRACLE BRAVES

By |October 1st, 2014|

Here is a link to an ode to the 1914 Miracle Braves written by Ring Lardner.  Lardner was a prolific writer, mainly about sports and especially baseball, but he also wrote about the theater and life in general.  His column in the Chicago Tribune was circulated to over 100 [...]

Oldtime Baseball Game Goes National!

By |August 19th, 2014|

The annual Oldtime Baseball Game, which will be played Monday night, August 25, at St. Peter’s Field in North Cambridge, has gone national!  Unless you have been living under a rock you have watched your friends, and many celebrities, pour a bucket of ice over their heads [...]

$20,000,000+ OR $425?

By |April 9th, 2014|

If you can’t raise the $20 million-plus to bid on the original of Norman Rockwell’s “The Rookie,” you might want to spend $425 on a unique plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park. Christie’s Auction House, the prestigious dealer in New   Y [...]

bostonbaseballhistory.com Interview With Forbes

By |November 5th, 2013|

My interview on the 2013 Improbable Dream Boston Red Sox and its place in Boston baseball history was published by Forbes on November 4, 2013.  Warning to Yankee fans: you may not like reading that the Red Sox have been the dominant team of the first two decades of the 20 [...]

Frank Sullivan Answers Red Sox Fans Questions

By |August 25th, 2013|

Frank Sullivan won 90 games for the Red Sox from 1953 to 1960 and he is a member of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. Frank has lived on Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands for 50 years. Sam from Gloucester: What was the toughest type of hitter you faced? Frank Sullivan: I hated [...]

“Casey at the Bat”

By |August 8th, 2013|

All of us have read “Casey at the Bat” and probably we have heard it recited many times.  But did you know that “Casey at the Bat” is considered one of America’s most enduring poems?  Its closest rival for that honor is “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” to which we respo [...]

IN MEMORIAM: 1967 IMPOSSIBLE DREAM RED SOX

By |July 30th, 2013|

Too many players from the 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox have died at too young of an age.  The passing of George Scott and Dan Osinski in 2013 brings the number of players we have lost to thirteen. The following is a complete listing including date of death and age at dea [...]

Fred Lynn: “All-Star Memories”

By |July 30th, 2013|

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 ap [...]

Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask Frank Sullivan

By |June 18th, 2013|

Herb Crehan: The 2013 Red Sox are off to a great start; what do you like best about this team? Frank Sullivan:  They can come from behind and win which means they bear down until the game is over. Herb Crehan: Where do you think this year’s team needs to improve? Frank Su [...]

Frank Sullivan Answers Your Questions

By |April 23rd, 2013|

Herb Crehan: Do you agree with the sentiment that life begins again on Opening Day? Frank Sullivan:You bet!  Even though I watch almost all sports on TV, and we get plenty here in the islands, baseball is still the most fascinating game to me.  I wish I had paid more atte [...]

Memorable Opening Days in Boston Baseball History

By |April 9th, 2013|

Opening Day at Yankee Stadium for the Boston Red Sox on April 1, 2013, marked the official beginning of 143 consecutive years of professional baseball in our city.  Boston has had a professional baseball team longer than any other city in North America.  Chicago is second [...]

Best and Worst Red Sox Spring Training Trades

By |March 22nd, 2013|

On March 21, 1972, the Boston Red Sox traded relief pitcher Sparky Lyle to the New York Yankees for first baseman Danny Cater.  This may not have been the worst transaction in Red Sox history—the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees is the hands-down winner of that award—but [...]

How Many Wins Can A New Red Sox Manager Produce?

By |February 24th, 2013|

New manager John Farrell was hired by the Red Sox to get the team back to the playoffs. What does history tell us about new Red Sox managers and improved win totals? The Red Sox fired Billy Herman at the end of the 1966 season and replaced him with 37 year-old firebrand D [...]

March Baseball Madness

By |February 16th, 2013|

Red Sox outfield prospect Bryce Brentz accidentally shot himself in the leg cleaning his gun just before spring training this year.  Brentz is not the first Red Sox prospect to recover from a gun injury during spring training.  In 1978, left-handed pitching prospect Bobby [...]

The Red Sox Equipment Truck Has Left for Fort Myers!

By |February 5th, 2013|

In a sure sign that spring is just around the corner, the Red Sox equipment truck left FenwayPark shortly after noon today headed on a 1,500 mile journey to JetBluePark in Fort Myers, FL, the club’s spring training headquarters.  Several hundred loyal Red Sox fans were on [...]

Interview with Frank

By |February 3rd, 2013|

Herb: Frank Sullivan broke in with the Boston Red Sox in 1953. Frank, how has the game changed in the sixty years since you were a rookie? Frank: In the early 1950's when only the pitcher and catcher brought their gloves into the dugout after the inning was over (the rest [...]

More Wit and Wisdom from the WA

By |February 3rd, 2013|

Herb Crehan: Happy birthday Frank!  Are there day-long festivities planned for you on Kauai today? Frank Sullivan: Well, other than the island folks being so disappointed that I will still be around, I intend to dodge the rest of the birthday stuff.  How the hell am I goi [...]

UPDATE–Lou Lucier: Oldest Living Red Sox Player

By |February 3rd, 2013|

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Lou Lucier on October 18, 2014.  His obituary and arrangements are included in the following link: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/telegram/obituary.aspx?n=louis-lucier&pid=172868747&fhid=25322 Mr. Lucier was [...]

Wit and Wisdom from the WA

By |February 3rd, 2013|

Herb Crehan:  My New Year’s resolution is to enjoy every inning of the 2013 Red Sox season!  What’s yours Frank? Frank Sullivan: Eighty-two years later I find not making any is the best way to win. Herb Crehan: Do you see another World Championship in the Red Sox near fut [...]

Baseball Writers’ Association of America

By |February 3rd, 2013|

The Baseball Writers' Association of America failed to elect anyone to Baseball’s Hall of Fame this year.  Former Boston Red Sox pitchers Curt Schilling (38.8%) and Roger Clemens (37.6%) just barely reached one-half of the 75% threshold for election. But Boston history ba [...]

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