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Thanks Sam Kennedy!

When we settled on baseball as the theme for our annual Spring fundraiser – “Look Back” on May 5! – we thought a lot about the panelists who would be just right to lead this discussion. What qualities did we prioritize? Someone from a baseball background – maybe a former player or a baseball executive; someone with a deep perspective on the history of the game; someone with ties to Wellesley…

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you…Sam Kennedy!

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Sam is president of the Boston Red Sox, and has served in several upper management roles for a number of major league teams. He succeeded longtime Red Sox president Larry Lucchino in 2015, and has been in that position ever since.

Sam grew up right down the road in Brookline, where he attended Brookline High School (along with Theo Epstein – quite the baseball brain trust at BHS!). Sam attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where he played on both the baseball and football teams.

Sam started his long climb up the executive ranks in 1995, holding several positions that eventually led him to the San Diego Padres. From there, it was on to the Red Sox when the team was purchased by John Henry’s Fenway Sports Group. During his tenure with the Red Sox Sam has held positions as vice president/sales and corporate partnerships, senior vice president/sales and marketing, executive vice president/chief marketing officer, and EVP/chief operating officer.

We are so lucky to have Sam leading the discussion on May 5. Come check it out!

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There is a buzz around Wellesley’s Jack Sanford

Baseball has been a big focus these past few months as we prepare for our May 5 Spring Fundraiser on May 5 (tickets now available online!). We’re preparing for Boston Red Sox President Sam Kennedy, sportswriter Tony Massarotti, and New England Sports Museum historian Richard Johnson – so naturally there is a lot of baseball talk!

One of the topics we keep returning to is Jack Sanford, a 1947 Wellesley High grad who was baseball’s 1957 NL Rookie of the Year. What an incredible story!

In a previous post we mentioned the great new book out on Jack — book: “Jack Sanford: From Blightville to the Big Leagues .”

We are getting many inquiries seeking more information about Jack.

The Swellesley Report’s Bob Brown has written extensively about Jack, including a really excellent article a few years back in the WellesleyWeston Magazine.

Here are some fun facts about Jack:
• He started 3 games of the 1962 World Series for SF Giants vs. Yanks.
• He grew up in “Blightville” – the name of the “tough” area in Wellesley around Oakland Circle
• In 1962 he finished 2nd in Cy Young voting for NL’s top pitcher
• At one point in the 1962 baseballs season, he won 16 straight decisions
• He was the winning pitcher in Game 2 of the 1962 World Series

Learn more about Jack Sanford and other historical items relating to Wellesley: @WHSociety1881