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Feb. 27, 1968

One of the oft-forgotten relics of Dick Williams’ days as manager of the Red Sox was his doghouse. It was a large, wooden plaque featuring hooks with tags bearing the name of all players, coaches and team executives that, for one reason or another, piqued Williams’ demanding demeanor.

On this date, Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey and general manager Dick O’Connell were prominently displayed in Williams’ dog house.

A story in the Boston Globe referred to it as an obviously “good-natured memento of the Red Sox’ fete.”

Williams received it from a group of inmates at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in South Carver.

“I’ll need more hooks this season, or I’ll have to get rid of somebody to make som room,” Williams said.

Ah, the good times inspired by the 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox seemed like they’d never fade.

By the last week of the 1969 season, Williams found himself in the owner’s doghouse – for real. He was fired on Sept. 23, 1969, the inevitable loser in a feud with Carl Yastrzemski.

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