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We attended the Yankees/Red Sox game at Fenway Park on July 27, 2008.
The Red Sox won 9-2, with Jon Lester getting the victory. Life is good!

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Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park) July 27, 2008

Fenway Park was named by Red Sox owner John I. Taylor, after being constructed in an area of Boston known as the “Fens.” The ballpark has one of the last hand operated scoreboards in the Major Leagues. Located in the left field wall, green and red lights are used to signal balls, strikes and outs. This infamous left field wall is known as the “Green Monster” and measures 37 feet high. During 1914, while Braves Field was under construction, the "Miracle Boston Braves" played their World Series games in Fenway, sweeping the favored Philadelphia A's.

 

Fenway Park hosted its first professional baseball game on April 20, 1912. The Red Sox defeated the New York Highlanders (later known as the Yankees) 7-6 in 11 innings. The Red Sox went on that year to win the World Series, defeating the New York Giants behind "Smokey" Joe Wood. Let the tradition begin.....

 

Red Sox Nation

Hagerstown Suns (Monday, August 15, 2005)
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A fabulous evening at the ballpark

Suns 25th Anniversary
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2005 Binghamton Mets (AA - Eastern League)
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Jon & Brett Harper (son of former Twins catcher Brian Harper)

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Jon, Dave Roberts and Josh (1999 Buffalo Bisons)
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We knew Dave before he helped the Red Sox beat the Yankees in 2004

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FirstEnergy Stadium (Reading, Pa.)
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Reading Phillies vs. Altoona Curve (August 14, 2005)

Major League Ballparks we have visited:
  • Pittsburgh Pirates (Three Rivers Stadium, PNC Park)
  • Cleveland Indians (Municipal Stadium, Jacobs Field)
  • Chicago Cubs (Wrigley Field)
  • Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park)
  • Cincinnati Reds (Riverfront Stadium)
  • Detroit Tigers (Tiger Stadium, Comerica Park)
  • St. Louis Cardinals (Busch Stadium)
  • Kansas City Royals (Kauffman Stadium)
  • Milwaukee Brewers (Miller Park)
  • San Francisco Giants (Candlestick Park)
  • Los Angeles/California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels (Anaheim Stadium)
  • New York Mets (Shea Stadium)
  • Philadelphia Phillies (Veterans Stadium)
  • Montreal Expos (Olympic Stadium)
  • Toronto Blue Jays (Exhibition Stadium, SkyDome)

 

Minor League Ballparks we have visited:

  • Buffalo Bisons (Pirates, Indians)
  • Batavia Muckdogs (Phillies)
  • Erie Seawolves (Pirates, Angels, Tigers)
  • Lake County Captains (Indians)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Orioles, Twins)
  • Auburn Doubledays (Blue Jays)
  • Syracuse SkyChiefs (Blue Jays)
  • Binghamton Mets (Mets)
  • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons (Phillies)
  • Reading Phillies (Phillies)
  • Altoona Curve (Pirates)
  • Beloit Snappers (Brewers)
  • Kane County Cougars (A's)
  • Charleston Alley Cats (Royals)
  • Salem Avalanche (Rockies)
  • Akron Aeros (Indians)
  • Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Indians)
  • Carolina Mudcats (Marlins)
  • Hagerstown Suns (Mets)
  • Jamestown Jammers (Tigers/Braves/Marlins)
  • Knoxville Smokies (Blue Jays)
  • Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals)

(  ) Affiliations when visited

 

My Tribute to the Brooklyn Dodgers & Ebbets Field
 

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The Brooklyn team was known as the "Trolley Dodgers" to reference pedestrians who "dodged" the maze of streetcar lines crossing Brooklyn. Some other team names used over the years were:

  • Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912), (1932-1957)
  • Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Also referred as "Trolley Dodgers" 1911-1931
  • Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913)
  • Brooklyn Grooms (1891-1895)
  • Brooklyn Bridegrooms (1888-1890), (1896-1898)
  • Brooklyn Grays (1885-1887)
  • Brooklyn Atlantics (1872-1875), (1884)

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Ebbets Field (Brooklyn, NY)

Ticket prices in 1955 were box seats $3.00 and $2.50, reserved grandstand $2.00, general admission $1.25 and bleachers $0.75. Ebbets Field's seating capacity was 31,902. There were 5,562 box seats, 14,326 reserved grandstand seats, 9,597 general admission seats and 2,417 bleacher seats. The left field fence was 348 feet, center field was 393 feet and right field was 297 feet (with a 40 foot wall).

Dodgers 5 - Yankees 3
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1955 World Series - Game #5 (October 2) at Ebbets Field

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Ebbets Field (Brooklyn, NY) circa 1955

On April 4, 1955 the Dodgers and Braves played an exhibition game in Nashville before 5,117 fans. The Dodgers won the game 10-8. Sand Amoros hit two home runs. Don Newcombe, Johnny Podres, Don Bessent and Tommy LaSorda pitched.

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Duke Snider (Brooklyn Dodgers) mid-1950's

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Carl Furillo playing a ball off the wall

 
1955 Baseball Season

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On October 12, 1954, American League owners approved the sale of the Philadelphia Athletics to Chicago businessman Arnold Johnson, who moved the team to Kansas City for the 1955 season. After a big civic parade, the Athletics opened their first season in Kansas City with a win over the Detroit Tigers 6-2, before a crowd of 32,844 at Municipal Stadium on April 12, 1955.

 
"I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game."
 
Walt Whitman
 

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Life Magazines (1938, 1940, 1946)
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Since the premier issue of Life Magazine (November 23, 1936), baseball has been featured on many covers throughout the years. These issues make nice collectibles!

Classic Sports Illustrated (1956-1960)
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The Sports Illustrated premier issue arrived August 16, 1954. The early years saw a good deal of coverage to track and field, hunting, fishing and other recreational activities. However, baseball was often center stage creating many memorable covers, thus making the older issues highly collectible.
 
 

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1964 Topps "Giant" Set (1-60)

My baseball card collection dates back to the mid 1960's, when childhood summers consisted of playing baseball and collecting baseball cards. The only cards of choice were Topps.
 
A pack of five Topps cards with gum cost $.05 (or 6 packs/$.25). Sometimes, the pack included a bonus game card, poster or sticker.
 
Over the years, I have filled the gaps in my collection, plus, added new cards from earlier years (including Bowman cards from 1948 - 1955). Bowman's last set was 1955 after Topps purchased the company.
 
Starting in 1981, Donruss and Fleer re-entered the card market. Score and Upper Deck followed in the late 1980's.
 
Today, there are dozens of card companies marketing their "high-tech" image. Gone is the "rock-hard" bubble gum that came in every pack and the innocent days when card collecting was a boy's dream.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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