Childhood Baseball Memories

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Real Estate Agent with Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc.

Growing up in Connecticut I was fortunate to live close by the minor league team of the Boston Red Sox. In my family there was NO other team to root for. That's because my mother's side of the family knew Jimmy Pearsall. So it was inevitable that I was born to root for this team, just as my mother was.

I remember going to watch the Bristol Red Sox as they were known in the 1970's at good old Muzzy Field with my parents a few times.

Muzzy FieldThey played in this ball field from 1973 to 1982. This ball field has been used for both football and baseball games since 1912 and the grandstand (pictured) was built in 1939. Due to its age, it is only fitting that it served as the minor league field for an historic team. Today, Muzzy Field is used for high school and college games, having served its purpose in Major League Baseball. By today's standards, it would not even be considered, even as a training facility. May future generations enjoy this field's rich history. For a photo gallery and a little history of this small town field, click the link and enjoy: http://www.bristolredsox.com/muzzyfield.php There was some great baseball played in this park!

bus stopThe next stop for the minor league Red Sox team was Beehive Field up the road in New Britain...and the bus stopped here! Upon that move, they then became known as the New Britain Red Sox. They played here from 1983 (when the field opened) until 1994 when they left the State of Connecticut.Beehive FieldSince I spent all my summer's at my grandparents, I was able to go to some of these games as they were only 20 minutes away. Once I graduated from high school in 1986, I didn't really go to the games that much. For 1980's minor league baseball, this was not a bad field and this team did have some very notable players who went on to became great players in the majors. beehive field 1st base lineThe following link will give you a glimpse of who those players were: http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/New_Britain_Red_Sox. One of those on that list became more notable when he appeared on the Mitchell Report late last year...none other than The Rocket himself, Roger Clemens.

Beehive Field has been relegated to the high school league now and is the home field for the New Britain High School Hurricanes. The new field is known as New Britain Stadium and houses the minor league team of the Minnesota Twins.

And then of course, there is nothing like the one and only, granddaddy of them all...Fenway ParkFENWAY PARK! Built in 1912, it still stands as the home field for the Boston Red Sox. They've added some extra seating within the last decade, but other than that, it has had little change. There's nothing like watching this game from the "bleacher" seats! Of course, if you go when I have been there in the early part of the season when in high school...you want to wear warm clothes and bring an even warmer jacket for those "chilly" New England nights!

Ahh...I can smell the good 'ole fenway frank fenway frank! For those that haven't been to Fenway or enjoyed a Fenway Frank...both are worth the trip.

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Danny Thornton
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Cris, thanks for sharing your memories with us. Unlike most of the people, I never grew up near a team. 
Jan 20, 2008 01:47 PM #1
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Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
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Danny - It is something different. Unfortunately, a lot of people who do live near a sports team, never go to a game! This just gave me some fodder for another blog
Jan 20, 2008 02:38 PM #2
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BLR Guy
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Cris is so right about the people that live very close to a team...quite a few never go to a game...The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are a good example of that one...LOL
Jan 20, 2008 11:19 PM #3
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Cris Burlew
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BLR Guy - I remember people were screaming for a team, went to the first game played at Tropicana Field and now they don't go. People wonder why their teams don't stay around and go elsewhere...GO TO THE GAMES!
Jan 21, 2008 12:47 AM #4
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Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN
Nice post! I checked out the link to the players for Beehive Field and that is an impressive list. I never made it to Fenway even though half my family is from Western Mass and Connecticuit as we moved when I was about 3. Though we spent many summers at Cape Cod and Watch Hill we never made the time to take in a game; kind of a shame now that I think about it.
Jan 21, 2008 02:16 AM #5
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blreast therealty4u
Beach and Luxury Realty, Inc. - New Smyrna Beach, FL

 

Oh for the joys of the good times...  STILL TO COME!!!!

But this post makes you wonder.. just how the future of the game will be..

with many children lost in exercising their thumbs with the Video games.. rather than any interest in even going to the local games, much less participating in a pick up game.. and forbid the thought- Committing to long  practises and playing little league...  (shame but how many you know who do, if their dad or other hasn't pushed them sometimes even more than just a little!)-  hopefully there's  some who still pick it up on their own for the sheer enjoyment of the game..

But let's keep it POSITIVE...  the games only a little over a hundred years old... so the future's still open to the possibilities....

   even if they just  want to play it on the Wii. or the next big electronic thing...

maybe they'll be more inclined to go try the old CLASSIC  way on the grass and in the  dirt!

Jan 21, 2008 11:20 PM #6
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Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
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Fenway Franks! I'm homesick now....Hey Chris, I wasn't aware of the team in Connecticut. I love living so close to the ballfield and I'm really looking forward to spring. Great post!
Jan 22, 2008 12:27 AM #7
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Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
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Rich - Fenway is something special. I haven't been there since they added the seats (especially the Monster Seats on top of the Green Monsta).

Jan 22, 2008 11:43 AM #8
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Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate
blreast - nothing beats playing the REAL game outside! Of course, nothing beats playing any game outside...you are so right about the video games. Next...we'll probably be watching "virtual" games!
Jan 22, 2008 11:45 AM #9
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Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate

Debbie - Yep...we had them and they are no more, at least for the Red Sox. It was funny how the Sox wanted a new stadium, New Britain said NO, so the Sox leave. The Twins come in and New Britain says "we'll give you a new stadium!" I wonder what was really going on behind the scenes!

Sorry to make you homesick for the franks...I miss them to! You just can't get hot dawg buns like those down here!

Jan 22, 2008 11:49 AM #10
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Jim Costello
Home Mortgage Lenders, Inc. - Tampa, FL
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Great pictures.  My mom's favorite player was Jimmy Persall too.  Lots of history at Fenway, got to go there once in my lifetime!
Feb 16, 2008 10:55 AM #11
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