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Carl Yastrzemski

"Yaz"

 

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Carl Yastrzemski Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 17, 2021
1. Carl Yastrzemski Marker
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During a memorable weekend to conclude the 1983 regular season, Carl Yastrzemski capped his Hall of Fame career before a pair of sold-out Fenway Park crowds. First, on Saturday, October 1, Yaz was recognized in an emotional pregame ceremony that concluded with the slugger's triumphant jog around the field as he touched hands with adoring fans. The next day, the legendary left-fielder played his final game, his 3,308th - all with the Red Sox – and at the time, the most ever played in the history of the American League.

Yaz retired having played 23 years, amassing 452 home runs; 3,419 hits; 1,816 runs scored; 1,844 runs batted in; 646 doubles; a .379 career on-base percentage; seven Rawlings Gold Gloves; 18 All-Star Game selections; and one unforgettable Triple Crown season leading the "Impossible Dream” team to the American League pennant in 1967.

For reasons beyond these numbers, however, Yaz became an everlasting icon. He was instrumental in saving the franchise in 1967, following a decade-and-a-half malaise for the franchise amid increasing apathy and thousands of empty seats. Spirit was renewed in that "Summer of
Carl Yastrzemski Statue and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 17, 2021
2. Carl Yastrzemski Statue and Marker
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Love," and a Nation was born… Red Sox Nation.

The pose captured here depicts Yaz's acknowledgment of the Fenway Park crowd during his final at-bat, a moment of mutual gratitude and affection. With his loyalty, commitment, and blue-collar style, winning was his only goal. May future generations learn the story and tell the story, of this hero, the man we call "Yaz."

Dedicated on this 22nd day of September, 2013
Mayor of Boston and Red Sox officials
Sculptor: Antonio Tobias Mendez
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical month for this entry is September 2013.
 
Location. 42° 20.765′ N, 71° 5.756′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is at the intersection of Van Ness Street and Ipswich Street, on the left when traveling east on Van Ness Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boston MA 02215, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fenway Park (a few steps from this marker); Ted Williams (a few steps from this marker); Van Ness Street Player Banners (a few steps from this marker); Teammates (a few steps from this marker); Bleacher Bar (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Fenway Park (about 800 feet away); John Boyle O'Reilly (approx. ¼ mile away); Harry Houdini (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.

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