Sunday, September 30, 2012

All Fenway Team Autograph Opportunity

At the last Red Sox home game of 2012 the organization announced the all Fenway Park Team as voted on by the fans.  I did participate in the voting process throughout the season and was proud that everyone I voted for except Bruce Hurst and Marty Barrett were honored.  I was also happy to note that even if you disagreed with the voting process and/or the final outcome, that this team will provide some great autograph opportunities for a Red Sox collector.

Members of the All Fenway who were in attendance on Sept. 26th.  Notable players missing:  Wade Boggs, Curt Schilling, George Scott, Dave Roberts, Terry Francona, Mo Vaughn and more.
First, is that autographs from all the living members of the announced team are very attainable.  In fact in the next 3-6 weeks many of the honorees will be participating in autograph signings around eastern Massachusetts.  Moreover, I would recommend purchasing a ball signed by Johnny Pesky and adding the living members to that item.  Most Pesky balls or other signed items will not be that expensive and a great way to start this unique item.
Boston Red Sox Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Commemorative Baseball Cubed - Shop
100 Year ball is a great item for the honorees to autograph.

Second, as the season ends, expect to see many Fenway 100 year items such as hats, photos, books, balls, shirts and bats get marked down.  These are great items to get signed by the All Fenway team. 

I recommend collecting the signatures on one item and build it up over time.  This will make the item more valuable instead of 35+ individual signed items.  The team is listed below.

Starting LineupC: Carlton Fisk*
1B: Jimmie Foxx**
2B: Dustin Pedroia*
3B: Wade Boggs
SS: Nomar Garciaparra*
LF: Ted Williams**
CF: Fred Lynn*
RF: Dwight Evans*
RHP: Pedro Martinez*
LHP: Lefty Grove**
Closer: Jonathan Papelbon
DH: David Ortiz*
Manager: Terry Francona
PR: Dave Roberts
PH: Bernie Carbo*
First reserves
C: Jason Varitek*
1B: Mo Vaughn
2B: Bobby Doerr
3B: Mike Lowell
SS: Johnny Pesky**
LF: Carl Yastrzemski*
CF: Dom DiMaggio**
RF: Trot Nixon*
Pitcher: Roger Clemens*
Pitcher: Luis Tiant*
Pitcher: Tim Wakefield*
Pitcher: Dennis Eckersley*
Pitcher: Dick Radatz**
Manager: Joe Cronin**
Second reserves
C: Rich Gedman*
1B: George Scott
2B: Jerry Remy*
3B: Frank Malzone*
SS: Rico Petrocelli*
LF: Jim Rice*
CF: Reggie Smith*
RF: Tony Conigliaro**
Pitcher: Babe Ruth**
Pitcher: Smoky Joe Wood**
Pitcher: Curt Schilling
Pitcher: Bill Lee*
Pitcher: Jim Lonborg*
Manager: Dick Williams **
*Indicates players in attendance at Wednesday’s ceremony
**Indicates players who are deceased

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Meet a Red Sox Pioneer

There are many, many individuals who have made Red Sox history.  You all know the popular names; Yaz, Pesky, Clemens, Evans, Rice, Fisk, Ruth, the 2004 team, etc...  However there is one person that most fans never mention, Elijah (Pumpsie) Green.  Any real fan and historian knows that he was the first african american player to play in a Red Sox uniform.  The Red Sox were the last major league team to sign an african american to play at the big league level.  He went through much an intense amount of ridicule and suffering in his short 4 seasons with the Sox.  He played in 327 games for the Sox and none of those games were easy. 

Sox fans have the unique opportunity of meeting this Red Sox and historic baseball legend.  On Saturday September 8, he is appearing in Burlington Mass. from 11:00am - 2:00pm.  His price is only $20 for any item.  I recommend that you take the time to meet him and have him sign an item from the Fenway 100th Anniversary selections (Ie. baseballs, hats, or bats).  Pumpsie will inscribe the date of his debut on any item if requested.  His autograph is one that is vital to own for any real Red Sox autograph collector or fan.

Fenway 100 - Official Baseball FN0068
A great item to have signed by Pumpsie Green under the 100 year logo.

Please click on this link below for more information.