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Some nice things to think about in lousy timesDick Flavin

It doesn't take very long for me to fall in love. Only about 30 seconds. That's how quickly I fell back in love with baseball once the shortened season finally got underway. Nate Eovaldi uncorked the ...

Baseball and Gloria Swanson Dick Flavin

"Alright Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close up now." With that, Norma Desmond, an over-the-hill, delusional former movie queen, slithers toward the camera in what she assumes is her most irresistible ...

The death of the 'Golden Greek'Dick Flavin

It was early in the afternoon of June 27, 1955, just 65 years ago, when the news first surfaced. It was just in the rumor stage at first, for the news cycle back then bore no resemblance to the 24-hour, ...

The (almost) Washington Red Sox Dick Flavin

They were almost named the Washington Red Sox -- not the baseball team, the one that plays in the National Football League. The now formerly Washington Redskins, whose name for years was rightfully chastised ...

Red Smith on baseballDick Flavin

How are you getting your baseball fix these days? There are great games being replayed on NESN and MLB-TV -- and replayed, and replayed, over and over again. I stopped watching them back in April sometime. ...

1976 -- the Year of the Bird Dick Flavin

1976 will be remembered by some as the year of America's bicentennial when the Queen of England visited Boston. Others will recall it as the year a peanut farmer from Georgia, former Gov. Jimmy Carter, ...

Pinky Higgins' fatal flawDick Flavin

When Mike (Pinky) Higgins retired as a player following the 1946 season, he had forged a solid reputation in baseball. He'd played 14 seasons as a third baseman in the American League, made three all-star ...

Fenway's other 'monstah' Dick Flavin

Before Fenway Park had a Green Monster, it had an honest-to-God real monster. The left field wall has been called the Green Monster for only the past 30 or so years. Before that, it was referred to simply, ...