From the voice of Fenway Park comes a collection of humorous and nostalgic poems celebrating the Boston Red Sox
A Boston institution and popular local television personality who is also the announcer, ambassador, and poet laureate for the Red Sox, Dick Flavin has entertained audiences with his incredible poetic talent and abiding love for the Red Sox before countless home games for years. Now this legendary talent’s poems are gathered together for the first time in this keepsake volume.
As a beloved Red Sox insider, Flavin has been privileged to watch history in the making, from the team’s 2004 World Series victory that finally broke its nearly century-long “curse,” to road-tripping with Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky to visit Ted Williams in Florida. His pithy and comedic verses—including such gems as “The Beards of Summer,” “Long Live Fenway Park,” and his best known, “Teddy at the Bat”—pay homage to the American pastime, New England’s favorite team and players (and the curses and legends that have followed it), and the passionate Nation that has remained faithful through victory and defeat.
Illustrated with more than fifty photos, Red Sox Rhymes honors all of Red Sox Nation and is an essential memento for every BoSox fan around the world.
“These verses are so charming, so full of fun and laughter, that I found myself reading them aloud to every person who came into my room! This collection is a treasure!”—Doris Kearns Goodwin, author, historian
“This collection of verses will surely find a special place in the personal library of any fan. If you like baseball, the Red Sox and the creativity of an extraordinary baseball historian, you’ll love this book.”—Larry Lucchino,
Red Sox president and CEO
“I have been chuckling over Dick’s verses for many years, but they are more than just laughs. There is wisdom here—lots of it.”—Michael Dukakis, former Massachusetts governor
“You’ll read all these poems; you’ll memorize and recite in your sleep, ‘Teddy at the Bat.’”—Albert R. Hunt, columnist for Bloomberg News