The Boston Red Legged Boys story begins with my grandfather, Ragnar Benson, who worked as a hawker at Fenway Park from 1914 through 1918. He was only 10 years old when he attended opening day at Fenway in 1912. The hawkers (vendors who yell out and sell popcorn, peanuts, crackerjacks, etc.) had to arrive at Fenway Park early, in order to get their section assignments for each game. Well, at one of those games, Babe Ruth was scheduled to pitch for the Red Sox and his catcher wasn't ready to warm him up. So what did The Babe do about that? He looked right at my grandfather and said, "hey kid, grab a glove!". My grandfather didn't hesitate, as he proceeded onto the field and warmed up Babe Ruth! He re-told that story every year when he would take me to opening day, which was always played at Fenway Park on Patriots Day/ Boston Marathon Day. And the Red Sox always opened up against those dreaded Yankees! I'll never forget those days with my grandfather! And I'll never forget how animated he became when he told me about "Catching The Babe"!!!
I know that there are millions of stories about the Red Sox out there and they're all woven together throughout Red Sox Nation. One is just as special as the next, all connected, and all very special! I hope that you'll add Boston Red Legged Boys to your playlist and think of your own special Red Sox story, while you're listening to a little bit of mine.
A share of proceeds will go to The Karen A. Martin 9/11 Memorial Fund and to The Jimmy Fund.
"Boston Red Legged Boys"
Words and Music by Dave Pasquarello (c) 2008
Piano and Vocals..............Dave Pasquarello
Bass, Drums & Guitar......The Darkroom Blues Band (Featuring Pete Morse on Lead Guitar)
Recorded @ Red Vault Recording, Portland, Maine on Patriot's Day 2012
Released on May, 2, 2012
Produced by Pete Morse and Dave Pasquarello