Tom Yawkey was one of the key figures and team owners in American League history. In 1933 at the age of 30, he purchased the struggling Boston Red Sox along with Fenway Park from Harry Frazee for $1.2 million. He would eventually turn the team into one of the most storied franchises in baseball. He was the sole owner of the BoSox for 44 years, the longest tenure in the history of the game. He was the team’s biggest fan and put “love of the game” over making money, endearing him to many of his players. Although his teams never won a championship, the Red Sox would play in 3 World Series (1946, ’67 and ’75), losing all three in seven games. During his period of ownership, Fenway Park with its “Green Monster” (or “The Wall” as it was originally called) would become one of the most cherished landmarks in baseball. A section of Jersey Street outside the park has been renamed Yawkey Way in his honor and there is a memorial to Tom & Jean Yawkey, albeit a quiet one, in the form of Morse Code spelling out their initials along side of the left field scoreboard.
August 17, 2013
Winyah Bay, SC