The current football stadium at Boston University is called Nickerson Field. You can see it when you drive on Route 90.
From 1915 to 1952, the Braves played there, calling it home the year AFTER they won the stunning 1914 World Series from the favored Philadelphia Athletics.
Babe Ruth called this field home for one season. So did Rogers Hornsby. The Cleveland Indians clinched the 1948 World Series here, to date their last ever title.
This entrance way to the field remains more or less how it was when the Braves called it home.
I tried to look cool in this pic with the future Hall of Famer. The camp was in 1983 at Merrimack College in Massachusetts. He showed up. So did Jerry Remy and Gary Allenson.
Eck signed my glove. I lost it. You read that right. I lost a Hall of Famer’s autograph.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! Even if you aren’t a practicing Christian, I wish those a Merry Christmas. Heck, I’m an atheist and I say Merry Christmas. Or Happy Rickey Henderson’s Birthday. How is that?
Today’s card of the day is basically a present to myself. 1978 was the first year I collected baseball cards. It was quite a year to be a Red Sox fan although thankfully I didn’t understand how the playoffs worked so the whole Bucky Fucking Dent thing did not play into my enjoyment.
Ripping open a pack of cards and seeing this group here was pretty amazing. So many of my Red Sox heroes in one pic. I say “So many” because Dennis Eckersley and Jerry Remy, both acquired after 1977, were not in this team pic.
I remember picking out Rice, Yaz, Tiant, Bill Lee and Bob Montgomery in this pic. I loved how Boomer Scott looked like such a bad ass with his helmet on. And of course he was standing next to my hero, Butch Hobson. Carlton Fisk, Dwight Evans and Rick Miller were in those “absent from the picture” bubbles above the team. Where the heck were they?
Also there were a few players on here that I had no memory of them on the Sox. Fergie Jenkins, Jim Willoughby and Denny Doyle were prominent. So was Bernie Carbo. The first Red Sox game I ever attended was in 1977. I have no real memory of it except yelling “CALLING ALL CARBOS” when Bernie Carbo came up to bat.
I wore this card out. I marked the back with my pen, checking off dutifully when I got another Red Sox in a pack.
I’ve seen many Red Sox teams make the playoffs and a few even won the whole World Series. But few Red Sox teams will ever give the emotional response that I have looking at this card.
It was my first team!
Merry Christmas everyone. And Go Sox.