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Fenway's other 'monstah'Dick Flavin

Before Fenway Park had a Green Monster, it had an honest-to-God real monster. The left field wall has been called the Green Monster for only the past 30 or so years. Before that, it was referred to simply, ...

The new Fenway Park and the Red Sox almost-owner Dick Flavin

Twenty one years ago this month the Red Sox gathered the media together to make a major announcement. There would soon be a brand new Fenway Park! It would be right across the street from the old one, ...

It ain't beanbagDick Flavin

He never had a chance. Mike Coolbaugh was a baseball lifer. He'd spent 17 years bouncing around the minor leagues, playing third base for nine different franchises. He even had two brief cups of coffee ...

Dom DiMaggio, Enos Slaughter, and the '46 World Series Dick Flavin

Dom DiMaggio, my boyhood hero and lifelong role model, died 11 years ago this week, so I've been thinking a lot about him lately. He opened more doors for me and gave me more lifetime memories than I ...

Boo FerrissDick Flavin

Unless you're as old as I am, you probably have no personal memory of Dave "Boo" Ferriss when he was a pitcher for the Red Sox. But if you know anything about Red Sox history the chances are that you ...

Baseball's voices Dick Flavin

Do you know what I'm really missing about baseball these days? The voices. The voices of those who in normal times would be bringing us the play-by-play action and color commentary of the games on television ...

Pete Gray, a sad storyDick Flavin

"Good afternoon, baseball fans, and welcome to Opening Day of the 1945 season. We're coming to you from Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri, where the defending American League champion St. Louis ...

An unknown masterpiece Dick Flavin

You never know when a nugget of gold is going to unexpectedly fall into your lap. That was my good fortune the other day, courtesy of Bob Brady, the keeper of the flame of the Boston Braves Historical ...