May 1, 1959

May 1, 1959 Apparently, the Empire Wasn’t Evil back in the day. In fact, one of its leaders expressed empathy, if not downright sympathy, for the plight of its ancient rival. Before speaking at a dinner hosted by the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, New York real estate mogul and co-owner of the New York Yankees, Del Webb, told a group of baseball writers that Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey would love a modern, multi-purpose stadium. Over time, Yawkey went so far as to suggest he might move if forced to call Fenway Park home indefinitely, with no modern alternative ...

May 1, 2024|Categories: Fenway Park, History, MLB, Red Sox, Tom Yawkey|0 Comments

April 16, 1954

April 16, 1954 Baseball history is littered with tragic stories, few more so than that of Lynn native, Boston University All-American quarterback and Red Sox first baseman Harry Agganis. How many athletes have the opportunity to choose his profession: Pro football or Major League Baseball? Paul Brown tried luring Agganis to choose his Cleveland Browns with a $25,000 bonus. When Tom Yawkey took his place at the table, Brown never had chance; his offer was $35,000. Agganis died June 26, 1955. The Golden Greek died of a pulmonary embolism, just weeks after a two-week hospitalization with pneumonia. But after beginning ...

April 13, 2024|Categories: History, MLB, Red Sox, Tom Yawkey|0 Comments
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