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A Personal Cosmic Baseball Game
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It was the summer of '75...Boston was burning with racial tension, fueled by forced busing... (Edward J. MacKenzie, STREET SOLDIER)

It's a fading memory now, but in the summer of 1975, the nation was exhausted, adrift, in the doldrums. A palpable 'malaise,' as Jimmy Carter would later describe it, had settled over the land like a cloud of noxious, yellow industrial smog. (Doug Hornig, THE BOYS OF SUMMER)

One thing that was always strange to me was how little [James] Whitey [Bulger] knew about sports. It's one thing not to care about watching the games on TV, which neither he nor Stevie [Flemmi] did. But they didn't even know what a double play was in baseball...It was practically un-American how little he knew about sports. I even called him un-American to his face a couple of times. He just laughed. (John Martorano as quoted in HITMAN by Howie Carr.)

St. Patrick's Day 1975 brought more armed camps to our town...[then] the buses were gone for the summer and we were left with our frustration and anger...On some mornings you'd see people who'd never gone to bed , chasing a good friend of theirs down the street with a baseball bat. (Michael Patrick MacDonald, ALL SOULS)



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Boston Rats
Howie Winter Shortstop
Donald Killeen Thirdbase
Kevin Weeks Leftfield
John Connolly Centerfield
Frank Salemme Catcher
Steven Flemmi Rightfield
H. Paul Rico Firstbase
John Martorano Secondbase
James Bulger Pitcher
Boston Red Sox
Brian Doyle Secondbase
Carl Yastrzemski Firstbase
Jim Rice Leftfield
Fred Lynn Centerfield
Dwight Evans Rightfield
Carlton Fisk Catcher
Rico Petrocelli Thirdbase
Rich Burleson Shortstop
Bill Lee Pitcher


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Scorecard
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     Inn. 1: Boston Rats
[Starter] Lee
HowieWinter       8          . . .
DonaldKilleen     8          . . .
KevinWeeks        K          . . .
     Inn. 1: Boston Red Sox
[Starter] JamesBulger
Doyle             K          . . .
Yastrzemski       1-3        . . .
Rice              HR         . . . 1
Lynn              9          . . .
     Inn. 2: Boston Rats
JohnConnolly      6-3        . . .
FrankSalemme      1B         . . X
StevenFlemmi      5          . . X
HPaulRico         8          . . X
     Inn. 2: Boston Red Sox
Evans             9          . . .
Fisk              8          . . .
Petrocelli        K          . . .
     Inn. 3: Boston Rats
JohnMartorano     6-3        . . .
JamesBulger       1B         . . X
HowieWinter       5-4 F      . . X
DonaldKilleen     7          . . X
     Inn. 3: Boston Red Sox
Burleson          1B         . . X
Lee               2-3 SAC    . X .
Doyle             1B         . . X 1
Yastrzemski       9          . . X
Rice              9          . . X
     Inn. 4: Boston Rats
KevinWeeks        K          . . .
JohnConnolly      8          . . .
FrankSalemme      K          . . .
     Inn. 4: Boston Red Sox
Lynn              2B         . X .
Evans             K          . X .
Fisk              E-8        . X . 1
Petrocelli        1B         . . X 1
Burleson          6-4-3 DP   . . .
     Inn. 5: Boston Rats
StevenFlemmi      5-3        . . .
HPaulRico         1B         . . X
JohnMartorano     7          . . X
JamesBulger       5-3        . X .
     Inn. 5: Boston Red Sox
Lee               K          . . .
Doyle             HR         . . . 1
Yastrzemski       BB         . . X
Rice              1B         . . X
X@3:Yastrzemski   8-5        . . X
                  WP         . X .
Lynn              K          . X .
     Inn. 6: Boston Rats
HowieWinter       2B         . X .
DonaldKilleen     7          . X .
KevinWeeks        1B         X . X
JohnConnolly      2B         X X . 1
FrankSalemme      K          X X .
StevenFlemmi      Int BB     X X X
HPaulRico         K          X X X
     Inn. 6: Boston Red Sox
Evans             1B         . . X
                  WP         . X .
Fisk              1B         . . X 1
Petrocelli        K          . . X
Burleson          7          . . X
                  PB         . X .
Lee               K          . X .
     Inn. 7: Boston Rats
JohnMartorano     1B         . . X
JamesBulger       2-3 SAC    . X .
HowieWinter       Int BB     . X X
DonaldKilleen     6-4-3 DP   X . .
     Inn. 7: Boston Red Sox
Doyle             1B         . . X
Yastrzemski       6-4 F      . . X
Rice              9          . . X
Lynn              BB         . X X
Evans             HBP        X X X
Fisk              7          X X X
     Inn. 8: Boston Rats
KevinWeeks        BB         . . X
                  WP         . X .
JohnConnolly      Int BB     . X X
FrankSalemme      BB         X X X
StevenFlemmi      6          X X X
HPaulRico         5-4-3 DP   X . .
     Inn. 8: Boston Red Sox
Petrocelli        4          . . .
Burleson          3          . . .
Lee               K          . . .
     Inn. 9: Boston Rats
JohnMartorano     BB         . . X
JamesBulger       K          . . X
HowieWinter       1B         . X X
DonaldKilleen     5-3        X X .
KevinWeeks        1B         . . X 2
JohnConnolly      BB         . X X
FrankSalemme      BB         X X X
StevenFlemmi      4          X X X

Red Sox Win, 6-3


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Game Date February 20, 2013
Game Duration 2 hours 54 minutes
Weather Cloudy, Cool 510F, Wind NNE 12mph
Umpires
Mike Barnicle, Howie Carr, Harry Frazee
Game MCP Rico Petrocelli
Official Scorer Pete Rose
We focused on the leftfielders of this game because they present a contrast that captured our attention both during and after the game.

Jim Ed Rice, born in Anderson, South Carolina, did not play in the 1975 World Series because of an injury but he did play in this cosmic baseball game. Kevin Weeks, a professional gangster who never played professional baseball, was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

Rice had two hits (including a homerun), scored a run and drove in a run. Weeks had two hits and two runs batted in.

When Jim Rice played baseball for the Red Sox, the "Hub wasn't ready for a black superstar, not in the days of Southie vs Roxbury, Arthur Garrity vs Louise Day Hicks." (Donald Hornig, The Boys of October)

In 1999 Weeks "was arrested and charged in a federal racketeering indictment. Facing the prospect of charges that could send him to prison for life, and with no financial or legal assistance forthcoming from Bulger's ruined organization, Weeks agreed to cooperate against his old boss, going from gangster to government witness." (boston.com)

But in 1975, when the Red Sox without Jim Rice were playing in the World Series against the Big Red Machine of Pete Rose and Joe Morgan, Weeks "saw a proud town condemned by [forced school] busing..." (Kevin Weeks, Brutal).

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