Notes from the BoSox Club Cape Cod Luncheon on June 21!

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy, former pitcher with the 1967 Red Sox Gary Waslewski and WBZ sportscaster Dan Roche were all special guests at the special event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the BoSox Club with this first-ever event on Cape Cod.

The event was the brainchild of Judy Walden Scarafile, the longtime former Cape Cod Baseball League president, who recalled first broaching the idea with former Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino two years ago.

"I told him that, since Cape Cod was such a hotbed of baseball, wouldn't it be great to hold a baseball luncheon on the Cape," she recalled.

And once the date was finalized, the Red Sox suggested the best person to represent them would be the man who took over for Lucchio and currently sits in the head seat as Red Sox president, Sam Kennedy.

Born and brought up in Brookline, Kennedy was a high school baseball teammate of former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. Shortly after coming on board with Boston, the pair became a youthful dynamic duo seeing the Red Sox to their first two World Series championships in 2004 and 2007.

Kennedy recalled falling in love with baseball as a youngster and being accompanying his dad to a Red Sox game in the early 1980s, where he was able to obtain autographs from Garry Allenson, Carney Lansford and Dave Stapleton.

"From there I was hooked," he smiled, wistfully. "I know I wanted my life to have something to do with baseball."

With Boston sports personality Dan Roche serving as the emcee of the event, he and Kennedy fielded questions from the audience on all things Red Sox. Prizes of Red Sox t-shirts, miniature bats and mementos were presented by Kennedy to those whose asked questions.

Gary Waslewski engaged the crowd with tales from that memorable 1967 Impossible Dream season where the 100-to-1 longshot Red Sox battled it out through the season in a four-team pennant race. On the final day of the season, the Red Sox beat Minnesota for their first pennant in 21 years.

Waslewski recalled coming up through the minor leagues and playing for manager Dick Williams, who told the team that if he got the Red Sox job he would take with him any player who performed well for him with the Triple-A Toronto team.

True to his word, Williams got the job and rewarded Waslewski, Russ Gibson, Mike Andrews, Joe Foy and several others with a spot with the 1967 Red Sox.

That pennant winning season included heroics from Triple Crown winner Carl Yastrzemski, Cy Young Award winner Jim Lonborg, and the likes of Tony Conigliaro, George Scott, Rico Petrocelli, Reggie Smith and Co.

Later, Waslewski was rewarded – following a strong relief appearance in the third game of the World Series – with the role as the starting pitcher in game six. Waslewski pitched well into the sixth inning before retiring, but the Red Sox hung on to win and force a seventh game.

Unfortunately, the Impossible Dream ended at the hands of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson in game seven.

However, the Red Sox infused an enthusiasm for in baseball in New England which has never been quelled.

Ironically, it seemed that was just the reason for the start of the BoSox Club initially, according to BoSox membership director Chuck Beauregard, who also spoke at the luncheon.

"The Red Sox did so poorly in 1966 with their attendance that there was talk that (owner) Tom Yawkey was thinking of moving the team out of Fenway Park," Beauregard said.

As a way to help boost attendance at the ballpark and also increase ticket sales, the BoSox Club was started by former Red Sox centerfielder Dom DiMaggio, infielder Ted Lepcio and Ken Coleman, who did play-by-play on WHDH TV and radio games.

Coleman had arrived the previous season from Cleveland where he was involved with the Indians' booster group known as the Wahoo Club. A conference call between Cleveland's Al Rosen and Gabe Paul, along with Coleman and DiMaggio discussed the procedures for running such a club. In time, the BoSox Club flourished, as did the Red Sox.

The purpose of the BoSox Club was to promote baseball in New England on all levels, from Little League to the pros. It has turned into one of the most successful clubs of its kind in the country.

After the great turnout on Wednesday, the hope is that this BoSox luncheon will be the first of many more to come here on Cape Cod.

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