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A dangerous gameDick Flavin

A week or so ago, in a game at Kansas City with two outs in the top of the second inning, Eduardo Nunez of the Red Sox cracked a vicious low liner directly at the Royals' pitcher, Danny Duffy. The ball ...

The book on pitching Dick Flavin

Preacher Roe, a pitching wizard for the old Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s and early 1950s, wanted to get his driveway black topped. So, shortly after he retired, when Sports Illustrated offered him $2,000 ...

Phil Niekro and John Havlicek, best friends foreverDick Flavin

We all have regrets for the mistakes we make as we hack our way through the jungle of life. Well, I do, anyway, and I suspect that you do, too. Some of those mistakes are bigger than others, and some, ...

Old friends and baseball Dick Flavin

I went to a Red Sox/Astros ballgame recently with Al Hunt, my pal of more than half a century. Joining us was David Shribman, who recently retired as executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. All ...

Prayers -- answered and otherwiseDick Flavin

For many years, I used to have the same recurring dream. In it, I am a player for the Boston Red Sox (I told you I was dreaming) and, in my first major league at-bat, I am called upon to pinch hit in ...

Whatever happened to Craig Kimbrel? Dick Flavin

Do you remember Craig Kimbrel? You know, the guy with the red beard. He used to be a baseball player. Well, I guess he still is a baseball player, but he's not playing for anyone, is he? At least, not ...

John Havlicek, RIPDick Flavin

The late John Havlicek and I played together on the same basketball team. Honest. Back in the mid-80s he organized a celebrity team to play in a charity game at Weston High School, the town where he lived. ...

Michael Chavis's debut to remember Dick Flavin

It was the ninth inning of a tense game between the Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays on a recent night; the score was tied, five to five, after the Sox had squandered a five to nothing lead; Jackie Bradley ...