In honor of Fenway Park’s 100th Birthday, I recalled my first visit to the great temple of baseball.
WHEN: It was a July 1, 1972. My entire Little League rode the nearly 50 miles to Yawkey Way to see the Red Sox play the Milwaukee Brewers.
THE MATCH-UP: The Brewers were only in their 4th season having entered the league as the Seattle Pilots in 1969 (they moved to Milwaukee the following year). In the off-season, the Red Sox traded some of the stars from their 1967 World Series team – including Cy Young Award winner Jim Longborg and slugger George Scott, in return for Tommy Harper, Marty Pattin and a few other players. It is ranked as the 10th worst trade in Red Sox history, but it was in the Red Sox’s favor on this day.
THE GAME: With home runs by Ben Oglive and starting pitcher…
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