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Great Fenway Writers Series
Save the date: Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. for our next Zoom event featuring “Fenway 1946: Red Sox, Peace, and a Year of Hope” by author Michael Connelly. Just as Major League Baseball tries to navigate its way through a global pandemic, the 1946 season marked the return to some semblance of normalcy after World War II, with hundreds of major leaguers returning from military service. For the Red Sox, welcoming back such stars as Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr, the season took on an added aspect of celebration, as the club played fabulously, winning 104 games and the American League pennant and returning to the World Series for the first time since 1918, coincidentally the year World War I ended. Connelly, a Boston native, captures the way a war-weary nation embraced the return of baseball, which at that time reigned unchallenged as the national pastime, no more so than in New England. As the Amazon review of Connelly’s book notes: Baseball had always been a thread that connected the country--a sport that linked generations. Opening Day 1946 was a tangible reminder that the country was at peace - back to the way things were. Nowhere was this more relevant than in Boston. From Scollay Square to South Boston to the North End, veterans in their uniforms, kids with bats over their shoulder and housewives were talking about the return of Ted Williams and a roster that was considered the best in the league. Expectations were high - as always, at Fenway Park. Fans somehow knew this would be their year. Connelly will be joined by Bill Nowlin, who has written numerous books on Red Sox history and Williams. And, of course, the night will include a discussion of the 1946 World Series against Stan Musial’s St. Louis Cardinals, and a fateful seventh game.

Apr 29, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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