Hey, did you hear that Fenway Park's turning 100?
True story. Equally true, is that 50 years ago, Fenway turned 50. But back then, the anticipation and drama wasn't nearly as thick. In fact, the only controversy occurred when Tom Yawkey found out the celebration wasn't "whites only."
OK, I'm sorry. That's not true (I don't think).
Let's change the subject and set the Box Score Bank for 50 years ago today
April 19, 1962
John F. Kennedy was 15 months into his presidency. "Good Luck Charm" by Elvis Presley was No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Lawrence of Arabia had just won Best Picture at the Oscars. Larry Luchhino was nothing but a weaselly 17-year-old. Jamie Moyer was just kicking off his third season in the majors.
And over at Fenway, one day before their glorious park turned 50, the Boston Red Sox had their way with the Tigers.
Final Score: Red Sox 9, Tigers 5
Gene Conley started and went 8.1 impressive innings for the Sox. Conley who was (and still is) 6'8'' is probably best known for playing for the Red Sox and the Celtics. But he also co-starred in one of the most legendary sports stories of all time. (For more, please click here). Young Lou Clinton paced the Sox with a homer, a triple and four RBI.
The win was one of only a few bright spots for the Sox (76-84), who finished eighth in the American League. But, much like this year, the onfield record in 1962 took a back seat to commemorating the history of the most important and historic structure in the history of the modern world: Fenway Park!
Here's to another 100 years.