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Jack Sanford

New Book on Wellesley’s Jack Sanford- A Really Good Read

Our recent baseball focus had the entire WHS team primed for an excellent new book that just came out: “Jack Sanford: From Blightville to the Big Leagues .”

Jack Sanford’s career is a favorite topic of Bob Brown, one of our board members who is founder of The Swellesley Report and a long-time Wellesley resident. This quick read tells the fascinating story of Jack Sanford, a 1947 graduate of Wellesley High School who had an impressive career in the big leagues. 
Author Jim Hawkins does a great job telling the story of how Jack worked so hard to become a major league baseball player – including winning such accolades as the 1957 National League Rookie of the Year and starting three games of the 1962 World Series for the San Francisco Giants against the dreaded Yankees.

Aside from the diamond notes, the Wellesley piece is also rich in history. Jack and his family lived in “Blightville” — the name they gave to the area around Oakland Circle where they grew up. This area was the rough part of town (back when the town actually had a wrong side of the tracks!).

Jack Sanford’s story recounts his rise from an undervalued young prospect to a major leaguer who made the National League All Star team as a 28-year-old rookie. His career at Wellesley High was notable, but not so stellar that major league success was guaranteed. Jack worked really hard to rise up through the minor leagues and eventually become a 20-game winner.

Check out this really good read! 

Wellesley Way Back

Wellesley Way Back 
Special to Hometown Weekly
Featuring artifacts within the collections of the Wellesley Historical Society

By Erica Dumont
Executive Director, Wellesley Historical Society

The Wellesley Historical Society is the historical resource center for the town of Wellesley. Since its inception in 1925, the Society has been collecting and maintaining objects, artworks, documents and photographs that pertain to the history of the town. These artifacts serve as a doorway to the past, allowing people today to see, feel, visualize and imagine what life was like for people who lived in their town fifty, one hundred and even two hundred years ago. These objects make history come alive.

This week’s Wellesley Way Back features a pair of carriage boots. Carriage boots were often worn by women during long winter carriage rides. Shoes were not always warm, so carriage boots were worn over, or in place of, shoes as a way to keep the wearer’s feet warm.

These ornate, often expensive shoes and were not meant to be worn outside as they were too valuable to touch the ground. Carriage boots were typically made without laces or buckles so they could easily be worn or removed. The carriage boots shown here date from ca. 1870-1890 and were sold by N.O. Stone & Co. They are made with a light pink satin, a leather sole and white rabbit fur trim and are cared for by the Wellesley Historical Society’s curator, Kathleen Fahey, and curatorial interns.

The Wellesley Way Back articles also appear on the Wellesley Historical Society’s website, For more information about the Wellesley Historical Society or to make a research appointment, call 781-235-6690 or email