Friday, June 24, 2011

Box score of the week

A pair of "Sox." On August 7, 1982, the Boston Red Sox hosted the Chicago White Sox on NBC's Saturday "Game of the Week."


Boston's Jim Rice finally became a Hall of Famer in 2009. But 27 years earlier, he was deemed a Hall of Fame human being.

At Fenway Park on August 7, 1982, a four-year old New Hampshire boy was sitting with his family near the first base dugout when he was struck by a foul ball. Without hesitation, Rice emerged from the top step of the Red Sox bench area, picked up the young boy and brought him into the dugout where the Boston team trainer administered preliminary care. With a fractured skull, Jonathan Keane was immediately taken by ambulance to Children's Hospital, a mile away from Fenway. He would undergo successful surgery and be released five days later.

When Rice was being inducted into the Hall of Fame two years ago, the Keane family, including a healthy adult Jonathan, recounted the horrific events of that day.


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