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June 14, 1964

  June 14, 1964 Tony Conigliaro had a way of stealing the spotlight, particularly in the early years of his tragically shortened career. As Earl Wilson won his fifth straight decision, stopping the Baltimore Orioles on five hits in a 6-2 Red Sox victory at Fenway Park. Wilson struck out 10 and walked one in his second straight complete game. Conigliaro’s exit came as he tried to run out an infield hit. Shortstop Luis Aparicio snared Conigliaro’s ground ball in the hole and made a quick throw to Orioles first baseman Norm Siebern. Sliding into the bag, Conigliaro thought he ...

June 14, 2024|Categories: Fenway Park, History, MLB, Red Sox, Tony Conigliaro, Uncategorized|0 Comments

June 8, 2004

June 8, 2004 Nomar Garciaparra and his employer hadn’t been getting along for months. And he gave no indication as to when he might be able to play while nursing an injury. The shortstop, once the face of the franchise, felt taken for granted when the Red Sox went all in on acquiring Alex Rodriguez, and were clearly disappointed when the Yankees got him. The Red Sox questioned Garciaparra’s commitment to the ballclub when he took longer than expected to return from a right Achilles tendon injury. Something would have to give. A few weeks later, it did. Garciaparra’s passport ...

June 9, 2024|Categories: History, Nomar Garciaparra, Red Sox, Uncategorized|0 Comments

April 17, 1959

April 17, 1959 Red Sox right-hander Tom Brewer stopped the Yankees on two hits, despite enduring the effects of a viral infection, for a 4-0 win at Fenway Park. Anyone who has tried to work at a desk with a viral infection can understand the degree of difficulty in throwing nine innings with one. A week earlier the Yankees’ Bob Turley shut down Boston on two hits in the season opener at the Big Ballpark in the Bronx. Turley said he was up twice the night before, at 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., to take aueromycin pills. So much ...

April 18, 2024|Categories: Fenway Park, History, MLB, Red Sox, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Feb. 13, 1969

Feb. 13. 1969 In the veritable mountain of bizarre moments in Boston/New England Patriots lore, this press conference at the old Somerset Hotel on Commonwealth Ave. always ranks somewhere near the top. The press conference, presided over by Patriots owner Billy Sullivan, was meant to introduce new general manager George Sauer to the Boston media. Then new head coach Clive Rush was at the podium. As soon as Rush touched two microphone, one sent 110 volts through his body and another subjected him to 30 volts. A member of the team’s board of directors, Dan Marr Jr., limited Rush’s ...

February 13, 2024|Categories: History, NFL, Patriots, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What’s in a number?

Celtics need to keep No. 36 on active duty As Marcus Smart soaked in all that love Sunday night at the Garden, it was clear that someone, somewhere, would pose the question: Should the Celtics retire his number. The response here was immediate and etched in granite: No. Want a longer answer? Hell no. This is from a man who has steadfastly defended the Celtics for retiring so many numbers. They even have the distinction of being the only team in any sport to retire the same number for two players. Dave Cowens was the last Celtic to wear ...

February 5, 2024|Categories: Celtics, Hall of Fame, NBA, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Nov. 15, 1968

Nov. 15, 1968 Another reminder of how distant the Patriots' past really is. A gentleman by the name of Sam Morris Jr. of San Antonio was in the line reserved for anyone seeking to buy the Boston American Football League franchise. Owner or a radio station in San Antonio, Morris said he was looking to buy the Patriots, plus a team in the Texas Professional Football league, and the Washington Senators. He also offered USC running back O.J. Simpson a $1 million contract. It isn’t clear what he expected from Simpson since he was still at USC and would have ...

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