Saturday, December 21, 2013

Planning ahead for 2015, Fenway Park will host college football - Boston College vs. Notre Dame.  This harks back to days long gone by, when the park hosted dozens and dozens of college games.  It will be interesting to see another one.

The two teams apparently never did match off at Fenway, but Notre Dame played there against Dartmouth in 1944.  That year, Fenway hosted these football games:

September 26   Philadelphia Eagles 28, Boston Yanks 7 (professional football)
October 8            New York Giants 22, Boston Yanks 10 (professional football)
October 14          Notre Dame 64, Dartmouth 0 (college football)
October 15          Washington Redskins 21, Boston Yanks 14 (professional football)
October 28          Boston College 19, Syracuse 12 (college football)
November 19    Boston Yanks 13, Brooklyn Tigers 6 (professional football)

November 26    Holy Cross 30, Boston College 14 (college football)

That was the last time Notre Dame played at Fenway.

The last year B.C. played college football at Fenway was 1956:

November 2       Boston College 7, Villanova 6 (Football)
November 10    Quantico Marines 20, Boston College 6 (Football)
November 17    Boston College 13, Boston University 0 (Football)
November 24    Boston College 52, Brandeis 0 (Football)
December 1       Holy Cross 7, Boston College 0 (Football)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

NEW BOOK - 521: The Story of Ted Williams' Home Runs

My latest book is out.

521: The Story of Ted Williams' Home Runs.

It's a thick one. 369 pages. Not quite a page a home run, but there's a lot packed into those pages. Where he hit it. Who he hit it off. The age of the pitcher and whether he was a lefty or a righty. The game situation at the time. Where the ball went.

“Hitting a baseball – I’ve said it a thousand times – is the single most difficult thing to do in sport.” – Ted Williams, The Science of Hitting 

“I wanted to be the hitter who could hit every pitch out of the park.” – Ted Williams, remembering himself at age 12 

“Boy, I feel great. There ain’t nothing like hittin’ a home run!” –  Ted Williams, quoted after winning the 1941 All-Star Game with a ninth-inning come-from-behind homer.

The book tells the story of each and every one of Ted's 521 homers in the majors. 

And I don't stop there.  I get into writing about his homers in the All-Star Games, in exhibition games, in spring training games, in the minor leagues, even in high school.  Anything I could think of regarding Ted Williams and home runs.  This is the place. 

Guess what?  The book is for sale, too!   You can get a hard copy from Amazon, or download an e-book.