I had a phone call from the Attleboro Sun Chronicle yesterday while knocking on doors. A reporter, Jim Hand, asked me about the book I wrote, “The Year The Red Sox Won the Series.” It was the Boston Globe book of the year back in 1999, telling the story of the world champion 1918 Boston Red Sox. Babe Ruth starred on that team, winning two games against the Chicago Cubs as a pitcher in the 1918 World Series.
I am flattered that the paper wants to run a story, replete with old photos, of my only published book, in this 100th anniversary of those 1918 champion Red Sox. It will be featured in a Saturday Sun Chronicle paper, probably on September 1 or 8.
Baseball has been a big part of my life. My dad was a professional baseball player, I played on a little league team, high school team, and American Legion ball as an outfielder. Baseball has been one of the driving forces of my life, including many years as a Red Sox and Paw Sox fan. I don’t talk about sports on my election journey through Attleboro. However, I do believe school sports can shape a young person’s life. Coaches become role models who make a strong imprint upon a youth. Winning is nice but isn’t the most important thing. Developing the character of our youth should be number one in Attleboro’s sports programs.
I am heading out on my bike to Ward 3B Tuesday afternoon. Maybe playing ball through my teenage summers fortified me for a hot day like this. I learned to play under extreme mid-summer heat and maintain my concentration on each pitch. Or maybe I just love Attleboro and the people within it so much that I’m able to persevere through the heat and humidity. You decide.
The Year The Red Sox Won The Series: A Chronicle of the 1918 Championship Season
by Ty Waterman & Mel Springer