Baseball Glove

Oct. 21, 1942

When it is suggested that New England is something other than Red Sox country the typical response here doesn’t waver:

Little old ladies in the woods of Maine care about the Red Sox.

That belief has been bolstered by a mother’s letter appearing on the front page of the Boston Globe on this date in 1942.

Marine PVT John J. Murphy of South Boston, then stationed at Guadalcanal, did not cite the dangers of World War II as his primary worries. “The only things which really mattered were the intense heat of the Solomons and the fact that the Red Sox didn’t finish better than second in the American League.”

When a young man from Southie is dodging bullets and waiting impatiently for the next Opening Day at Fenway, does there really need to be further discussion?

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