Dick Flavin Donates Red Sox “Teammates” Pic to Hall of Fame Auction

The late Pulitzer Prize-winner David Halberstam — in The New York Times bestseller “The Teammates” — talks with drama and passion of a group of close friends whom baseball brought together.  In early October 2001, Halberstam writes, Boston Red Sox legends Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky began a 1,300-mile trip by car to visit their beloved friend in Florida, Ted Williams, whom they knew was dying. Bobby Doerr, the fourth member of this close group–“my guys,” Williams used to call them–was unable to join them. Driving the car most of the way was another friend of the group, albeit not a Red Sox “teammate” – Dick Flavin.

The book is filled with historical details and first-hand accounts  about baseball and about something more: the richness of friendship.

DiMaggio and Pesky are gone now; Doerr is nearing 100 years old and lives in Los Angeles.  Dick Flavin owns a Red Sox World Series Championship ring as a public address announcer at Fenway and has been annointed as the official Red Sox Poet Laureate.  His own book of verse, “Red Sox Rhymes,” was itself a New York Times bestseller, and as a former Boston television personality and later as the narrator of “The Teammates,” an ESPN documentary that was nominated for three 2004 Emmy Awards, Dick was inducted in 2015 into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Now, he has contributed this autographed and framed photo of Pesky and DiMaggio to our 2017 Hall of Fame “Celebrity” auction. It’s a collector’s item without compare.

From Wikipedia — Pesky was a shortstop and third baseman during a ten-year major league playing career, appearing in 1,270 games. He was associated with the Red Sox for 61 of his 73 years in baseball—from 1940 through June 3, 1952, 1961 through 1964, and from 1969 until his death in 2012. Pesky also managed the Red Sox from 1963 to 1964, and in September 1980. A left-handed hitter who threw right-handed, Pesky was a tough man for pitchers to strike out. He was the first American League player to score 6 runs in a 9 inning game. As a hitter, he specialized in getting on base, leading the league in base hits three times—his first three seasons in the majors, in which he collected over 200 hits each year—and was among the top ten in on-base percentage six times while batting .307 in 4,745 at bats as a major leaguer. He was also an excellent bunter who led the league in sacrifice hits in 1942.

DiMaggio, nicknamed “The Little Professor,” played his entire 11-year baseball career for the Red Sox (1940–1953). He was the youngest of three brothers who each became major league center fielders, the others being Joe and Vince. An effective leadoff hitter, he batted .300 four times and led the American League in runs twice and in triples and stolen bases once each. He also led AL center fielders in assists three times and in putouts and double plays twice each; he tied a league record by recording 400 putouts four times, and his 1948 totals of 503 putouts and 526 total chances stood as AL records for nearly thirty years. His 1338 games in center field ranked eighth in AL history when he retired. His 34-game hitting streak in 1949 remains a Boston club record.

Support the Hall of Fame “Celebrity” Fundraising Auction, April 17-30, 2017

The non-profit, 501c3 Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame is seeking sponsors and auction item contributions for its third annual online “celebrity” fundraising auction to be held April 17-30, 2017, on the www.biddingforgood.com website which boasts a bidding community numbering more than 450,000 individuals worldwide.

A single $10,000 “Presenting Sponsor” and an unlimited number of $5000 “Gold Sponsors” – as well as auction item donors – will help a worthy, educational cause and enjoy unique exposure opportunities.

The Hall of Fame honors the most noteworthy members of the Massachusetts broadcast industry, commemorates their singular achievements and meritorious contributions to the profession, and preserves their work for future generations.  In October 2016, the Hall of Fame inducted 16 accomplished and well known broadcasters at an induction and awards luncheon sponsored by the Subaru Dealers of New England and attended by more than 350 broadcasters and invited guests.  In all, over its ten-year history, the Hall of Fame has honored 141 broadcasters, and plaques representing those inductees are mounted proudly on a Massachusetts Broadcasters “Wall of Fame” on the Canton, MA, campus of our host organization, Massasoit Community College.

Last year’s Hall of Fame “Celebrity” Auction (https://goo.gl/iaKhFR) was supported by television and radio stations throughout Massachusetts, including all four major Boston network affiliate TV stations. Each auction item was described in full, and each donor was generously credited. In 2017, we’ll be publicizing our auction sponsors and contributors to conventional media outlets throughout the state and on the vast networks of social media. 

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring our 2017 auction, or in donating an auction item or two (or three, or more!), please let us know. We’ll need all of the details about your organization and about the items you’re contributing (including the item value).  If you have questions, or if you wish to contribute, please contact:

 

Burt Peretsky, Executive Director, Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame

executivedirector@massbroadcastersHOF.org or peretsky@gmail.com;

Tel: 781-828-4714

 

Thank you in advance!

Peter Brown is New Hall of Fame President

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For Further Information:  Burt Peretsky, Executive Director, Mass Broadcasters Hall of Fame, executivedirector@massbroadcastersHOF.org or peretsky@gmail.com

Telephone:  781-828-4714

Former WBZ-TV News Director and Former Partners Health Care Chief of Staff Peter Brown Succeeds Don Kelley as President of Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Peter Brown, former longtime News Director at Boston’s WBZ-TV, Channel 4, and former Chief of Staff to the President and CEO of Partners HealthCare, is the new President of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  Brown is the organization’s third president. He succeeds Don Kelley, who served as Hall of Fame President for two years and is the former 22-year Vice President of Programming at Magic 106.7 FM in Boston.

Brown is the founder and principal of the strategy communications consultancy, Peter Brown Communications of Boston.  He is a senior executive with vast experience in broadcast journalism, communications/brand strategy, internal and external communications, crisis communications, C-suite management and leadership, media and public speaking training.

Brown spent more than 25 years in broadcast journalism.  He started his career in radio news in 1977 and transitioned to television in 1978.  After graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 1979, Brown worked as a broadcast producer at television stations in Providence (WJAR-TV), Philadelphia (WPVI-TV) and Boston (WBZ-TV), where he was News Director from 1993-2004, leading a staff or more than 125 journalists. During Brown’s television news career, he was honored with numerous awards from the Associated Press and United Press International.  He received an Emmy Award, a Best of Boston Award as Best News Director from Boston Magazine and several distinguished accolades from the Radio/Television News Directors Association.  In 2000, he and his WBZ-TV news team were acknowledged with the highest award given to any television station, the Edward R. Murrow Award for best local news station in America.

In his previous position at Partners HealthCare, the state’s largest private employer with more than 65,000 employees, he worked directly with the CEO and senior leadership of the organization to advance the mission of the health care system.  Among his responsibilities, Brown oversaw external affairs for Partners, which includes Community Health, Government Affairs, Public Affairs and Communication and Development. Prior to this role, Brown was Vice-President of Public Affairs and Communication for Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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