Box Score Bank: Fenway at 50

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Box Score Bank: Fenway at 50

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.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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Yabusele expects to be on Celtics summer league roster

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Yabusele expects to be on Celtics summer league roster

ROXBURY, Mass. – The Boston Celtics shocked many on draft night last week when they selected French forward Guerschon Yabusele with the 16th overall pick.

Well here’s another unexpected twist involving Yabusele: He said he plans to be on the Celtics’ summer league team which begins play next week in Salt Lake City.

“My agent is working in France to do something for me, to be able to play in summer league,” Yabusele said.

Like most NBA rookies, Yabusele is eager to get on the floor and get his first taste of NBA basketball this summer.

“That’s a dream come true,” Yabusele said. “When I was young thinking about the NBA all the time. I knew it would happen at some point.”

But the 20-year-old forward isn’t focused on testing the NBA waters and returning to overseas play soon.

“Not just stay three years or four, but stay all my life in the NBA,” he said.

Yabusele made the announcement following the Boston Celtics’ rookies (minus Ante Zizic) all participating in a basketball clinic at the Madison Park Community Center as the Boston Celtics celebrated their 50th Renovation project since 2008.

The news isn’t quite as optimistic for fellow international Celtic Ante Zizic who is not likely to have his contract situation overseas worked out in enough time to join Boston for summer league play in Salt Lake City and afterwards in Las Vegas.

Still, Yabusele getting a shot to play now is huge both for his own personal growth and that of the Celtics to get a better feel for how their first-round pick stacks up against fellow rookies and young teammates like Jordan Mickey.

This past season, Yabusele averaged 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 28.7 minutes with Rouen Metropole Basket in the LNB Pro A league in France. He appeared in 34 games and grabbed 10 or more rebounds 11 times while tallying eight double-doubles.