Spring training is a time of renewal for players and fans. But spring training in Sarasota, Florida, in 1946, was more than a renewal; it was a reunion of Red Sox players who had been away for as long as three seasons while they served their country during World War II. The 1946 Boston Red Sox spring training roster included 28 players who had spent the 1945 [...]
What do former Red Sox pitchers Dave “Boo” Ferriss, Jim Lonborg, Bill Lee, and Bruce Hurst all have in common? First, they are four of the better pitchers in the team’s history and are all members of the Red Sox Hall of Fame. Bill Lee’s ninety-four wins with the team ranks thirteenth among Red Sox career pitching leaders, trailing only Mel Parnell and Left [...]
For many of us there really are only two seasons: the baseball season and the off-season. Opening Day is a rite of spring, signaling the end of our miserable, seemingly interminable winter. Long-time sports writer for The Patriot Ledger, Dick Trust, reminds us Opening Days past.