For one night, Fenway's ghosts haunt Rays
October, 17, 2008
BOSTON -- I walked three miles along the railroad tracks from Groton to Ayer, took the Boston and Maine Railroad train to North Station for 75 cents, took Charlie's MTA to Kenmore Square for a nickel, and sat in the bleachers for another 75 cents for a doubleheader against the expansion Washington Senators. It was 1961, and it remains unforgettable; the Senators led 12-5 in the first game of the doubleheader with two outs and one on in the ninth inning, but the Red Sox scored eight runs to win the game. Then they won the second game in extra innings on a Jim Pagliaroni home run. It didn't matter that they were the expansion Senators or that, for more than a decade, the Red Sox were hardly any better than that. It was another day when I saw something I'd never seen before -- and have never seen since.