Oldest Living Red Sox Player Recalls Spring Training At Tufts
Tufts gets a shout-out in The Boston Globe‘s profile of 94-year-old Lou Lucier, whose injury at the hands of the MA cold is something a lot of us can commiserate with:
“…In 1943, the Red Sox lost Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Dom DiMaggio to the war effort. Lucier was invited to spring training.
‘But because of the war it was held at Tufts in Medford,’ Lucier says. ‘I didn’t care where I was going. I was in the big leagues, that’s all I cared about.’
His salary was $750 a month.
‘That was pretty good money,’ he says. ‘I compared that with my father working in the cotton mill. He was making $19 a week.’
He made the team but suffered a shoulder injury he believes was caused by the harsh New England winter.
‘It’s a mystery,’ Lucier says. ‘After training for the day we went out into the frigid weather, and it affected the muscles in my shoulder. All of a sudden, I was never the same again. The Red Sox sent me to every doctor and they just said your arm will come around, but it never did…’
READ the whole article, it’s excellent.