PawSox to Host Annual Open House & BallYard Sale at McCoy Stadium
Monday, October 23, 2017
The event will take place on Saturday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We are again blending the joys of a visit to the ballpark with a yard sale. As October’s orange hues herald the end of baseball season and lead us towards the holiday season, we wanted to give families and fans an opportunity to visit their summer home and perhaps add some popular and unusual items to their PawSox collection,” said PawSox President Dr. Charles Sternberg.
Open House and BallYard Sale
Fans and children of all ages can take walks around the warning track, sit in the dugouts and take photos, as well as, participate in a Pumpkin-decorating contest.
For the first time, kids can bring their decorated pumpkins and jack o’ lanterns for a contest that will be judged at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Baseball themes are preferred, but not required.
Fans and collectors can also purchase the 2017 club’s actual game-worn camouflage jerseys, as well as bobbleheads, giant player banners, ephemera, memorabilia, and equipment.
The indoor part of the event includes access to both the home and visitors clubhouses, the batting tunnel, and the PawSox Hall of History.
Attendees will also be eligible to win free prizes, including a Ceremonial First Pitch before a 2018 PawSox home game.
There will be refreshments, and a limited concessions menu provided.
Related Slideshow: Greatest Moments in PawSox History
With the Pawtucket Red Sox sold and looking to leave Pawtucket, here is a look back at the some of the greatest moments in Pawtucket Red Sox history.
See the slideshow below.
4th of July
McCoy Stadium fills up on every 4th of July for baseball and then one of the best fireworks shows in the state of Rhode Island.
The PawSox put on several fireworks shows that go throughout fourth of July week and weekend depending on the team's schedule.
Baseball and fireworks has become quite the family event over the years.
In 2011, the Pawtucket Red Sox completed work on Mondor Gardens, a tribute to late owner Ben Mondor behind the left field fence.
The garden features six miniature bronze statues of kids playing baseball along with park benches and handicap accessible area's.
"Mondor Gardens adds a park-like setting to the exterior of McCoy where fans both young and old can sit and relax and enjoy thinking of tonight's game or memories of seasons gone by," said PawSox president Mike Tamburro at the time.
The Pawtucket Red Sox have done great work in the community and in 2014 they were rewarded for it, winning the John Henry Moss Community service award.
Over the last five years, the Pawsox Charitable Trust has donated more than $250,000 to important causes in the area and their Ticket Fundraiser Program has contributed over $200,000 to organizations like the American Parkinson's Disease Association.
Major League Stars
Throughout the history of the Pawtucket Red Sox, they have been able to develop great Major League players who have gone on to be successful in Boston or in other organizations in the Major Leagues.
The list of players is endless but here are a few of the names that came up through Pawtucket.
Wade Boggs, Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice, Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis among others.
Ortiz Comes to Pawtucket
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has made a couple of rehab starts with the Pawtucket Red Sox and McCoy Stadium has been filled for each and everyone.
Ortiz's last rehanb start with the Pawsox came in 2013 when he batted third as the DH in the PawSox lineup. Ortiz went 2-for-3 in the game and notched one RBI.
There have been four perfect games in Pawtucket Red Sox 121 year history.
The last one came in 2003 when Bronson Arroyo was perfect against the Buffalo Bison in a 7-0 PawSox Win.
Arroyo threw 101 pitches and had nine strikeouts in the game.
Photo courtesy of Aaronstrout/ flickr
Baseball Hall of Famers
Jim Rice, Wade Boggs and Carlton Fisk are among several former PawSox players that have made it into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Other PawSox members such as Ben Mondor, Joe Morgan, President Mike Tamburro along with Rice and Boggs have been inducted into the International League Hall of Fame.
PawSox President Mike Tamburro's story is one of the great stories in the Pawtucket Red Sox history.
Tamburro started with the PawSox as an intern under Ben Mondor and worked his way up to now being the president of the team.
Tamburro was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame in a 2012 ceremony at McCoy Stadium and is the only front office employee ever to earn the International league's Executive of the year award five times.
Mike Tamburro is a major reason why the Pawtucket Red Sox continue to be a model franchise in AAA ball.
Photo courtesy of tjperr/ flickr
The Longest Game
The Pawtucket Red Sox played in and won the longest game in ever played in baseball history.
The game started on April 18, 1981 and went until play was suspened at 4 a.m. the next morning in the middle of the 32nd inning.
The game resumed on June 23 and that is when Pawtucket's Dave Koza got a base hit to drive in Marty Barrett .
The PawSox won the game 3-2 in the bottom of the 33rd inning.
Photo courtesy of bunkosquad/ Flickr
The Pawtucket Red Sox won their second Governors Cup Championship in franchise history, defeating Maine 3-2 in the best of five series.
The team went 75-65 under manager Tony Torchia that season before making a playoff run and winning the title.
This was a huge turnaround for Pawtucket considering the previous season the PawSox went 56-83.
The PawSox won their first championship in 1973 defeating Charleston 3-2 in the series. This was Pawtuckets first season in AAA ball.
Pawtucket then went on and won the Junior World Series (now the Triple-A National Championship) by beating Tulsa 4-1.
Darrell Johnson was the manager of the team that season as the PawSox went 78-68 finishing second in the International League.
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Birge/ Flickr
Ben Mondor Purchases Team
After the 1976 season, the Pawtucket Red Sox franchise, which actually had changed it's name to the Rhode Island Red Sox, went bankrupt and it looked certain that the team's stay in Pawtucket was over.
Ben Mondor bought the Pawtucket Red Sox in 1977 and kept them in Pawtucket. The Pawsox won the Governors Cup in 1978 and in 1998, Ben Mondor oversaw the revamping of McCoy Stadium into one of the nicest minor league ballparks in the country.
Ben Mondor passed away in October of 2010 at the age of 85.
The PawSox have since won two Governors Cup Championships (2012, 2014) and McCoy Stadium remains one of the nicest minor league ballparks in the country.
Photo courtesy of Butch Adams/ Flickr
2012 Governors Cup Champs
In 2012, the Pawtucket Red Sox won their first Governors Cup title in 28 years, defeating the Charlotte Knights 4-1 in South Carolina.
PawSox pitcher Nelson Figueroa earned the win in the game shutting down the Knights while the PawSox offense scored two runs in both the second and seventh innings.
Photo courtesy of tjperr/ Flickr
2014 Governors Cup Champs
The Pawtucket Red Sox won the Governors Cup for the second time in three years in 2014, defeating Durham 3-2 in the best of five series.
The PawSox trailed 2-1 in the series and faced elimination in game four before Ivan De Jesus hit a two run home run to force a game five.
In game five, the PawSox Keith Couch pitched a one hitter through 6 2/3 innings while the PawSox added offense. Pawtucket defeated Durham 4-1 to advance to the International League Championship.
Ryan Lavarnway was named MVP.
Photo courtesy of tjperr/ Flickr
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