Life in the Minors
July, 2002 part II
1977 Pawtucket Red Sox photos, now and then
by Joe Kuras
I probably did better than I probably deserved. Yeah, I did. I wish I went a little bit further than I did, but it just didnt work out that way.
I wasnt a very good hitter but I turned out to be a very good hitter, thanks to Ted Williams and Joe Morgan.
"Nothing I ever do in life will probably compare to this."
--after his historic winning hit in Baseball's Longest game
(33 innings, 1981)
I am not ashamed to say I love the game more now and appreciate the game more now than I did when I played.
Jack "Home Run" Baker
April I remember staying behind the plate in the old locker room and wed come running in if we werent up at bat, wed put our hands in the whirlpool and look through the window to watch how the game was going.
Trying to put goals on yourself can sometimes put too much pressure on yourself
appeared in 12 games & hit .323 for the Paw Sox in 1977
The clubhouse We were lucky we had a radio. They got this big ole screen TV now with a lounge around it. and the old chicken wire cages (lockers) for where we dressed.
I tell people that playing baseball, from the time I was 20 years old to the time I was 30 years old, was such a great way to not have to grow up.
The 1977 Pawtucket Red Sox, at McCoy Stadium, July 28, 2002
Outfielder Luis "Poochie" Delgado (left) batted .281 for Pawtucket in 1977 and later played for the Seattle Mariners.
Catcher Andy Merchant (below) with his Dad