June 16, 1988

It was a big day in the Hub of the Universe.

Ellis Burks hit a grand slam to send the Red Sox on their way to finish off two wins in three games against the Yankees. The US Open teed off at the Country Club in Brookline. 

And there was a fresh vow that the old Boston Garden would soon be replaced.

Bill Hassett, Boston Bruins president (holding the dual responsibility of presiding over the Garden) said the old barn would be replaced in time for the 1992-93 NHL and NBA seasons.

Such vows came every few years for decades. The Celtics, whose lease with the Bruins/Garden was widely considered the worst in the NBA, occasionally threatened to skip town to build an arena of their own.

The Salem Celtics were a fleeting dream when Rockngham Park fell on hard times.

Well, this vow was taken a bit more seriously than the others. Talk meandered into the left lane en route to action.

And in the fall of 1995, the Shawmut/Fleet Center/TD Garden was ready.

By the way, that Red Sox win over the Yankees evened their record at 30-30, in fourth place, eight games behind New York.

In a few weeks John McNamara was fired, Joe Morgan was promoted, and Morgan Magic began.

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