Remember When Yaz Lived In Lynnfield?

Forty-five years ago, Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski won baseball's triple crown - and he was the last player to do so until Miguel Cabrera did it this week. Do you remember when Yaz lived in Lynnfield? Share your memories here!

On Wednesday night, Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers became the first person to win baseball's triple crown since Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski accomplished that feat in 1967.

Around that time, Yastrzemski also moved to Lynnfield, and he lived in town for years. One local piece of Red Sox lore says that Yaz even planted some of the grass from Fenway Park on his front lawn. Another article I read a year or two ago recalled how Yastrzemski was at the former Colonial in the mid to late 1960s and encountered a Hungarian fitness trainer who basically mocked the future Hall of Famer's physique and motivated him to start lifting weights. So for all we know, a piece of baseball history became possible in good part because of a chance encounter at the old Colonial.

Of course, Yaz is hardly the only Boston sports standout to live in Lynnfield over the years, with various other Bruins, and Red Sox, including one of my all-time favorites, Dwight Evans, having called the town home at times, along with one or two Celtics players. But today I'm asking about Yastrzemski, in light of his 1967 triple crown feat having finally been equalled.

In some Lynnfield history articles in previous months, Yastrzemski's name has come up once or twice in the comments. I know that a fair number of residents likely remember him at least fairly well. Many people at least seem to remember what street he lived on for example.

So with this, I ask you, longtime Lynnfielders - do you remember when Yaz lived in town? Feel free to post your comments in the answer box below!

John Bengtson October 04, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I remember Yaz living in town, but I never encountered him. I live right down the street from Ken Hodge (who recently sold his house). Chris Ford was practically in our backyard. I was playing basketball in his driveway with some friends when the C's won the championship in '86. Hank Finkel is still in town I believe. I went to school with Rico Petrocelli's son. Lynnfield in the 70's and 80's was a sports town.
William Laforme (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Hi John - I interviewed Ken last year about an instructional hockey program for kids he had started. I had no idea that Chris Ford or Finkel were Lynnfield guys either.
Nikki October 04, 2012 at 04:46 PM
The big "Congratulations, Yaz!" banner that was strung across So. Common St. in 1967 was what got me interested in baseball. I believe Yaz lived on Chatham Way, didn't he?
William Laforme (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Chatham Way does ring a bell - I wonder if any of the old turf from the Fenway field is still growing in some lawn there?
Pam Scantalides October 05, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Remember Yaz well. He was a frequent visitor to Gene Berde's training program at the Colonial. He visited the Old Copper Hearth Dining room at the Colonial and I waited on him at the coffee shop at the original Sheraton Colonial. Was also a substitute babysitter for his kids. He lived in King James Grant.
William Laforme (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 04:46 AM
That is great Pam. I've definitely read that he hung out at the Colonial back then. It was always really exciting seeing him come to the plate when I was a little kid. You could feel the sense of baseball royalty that came off of him when he was at the plate every single time.
Susan L Tavilla October 11, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Rico Petrocelli lived there too! I used to babysit his 3 boys when he and Elsie left town!
sue costagin October 16, 2012 at 12:43 AM
He sure did- 4 houses down from me.... :) I think everyone in town grew up with red sox, bruins or celtics players/ families. You don't realize how lucky you are to live here with Boston legends like Yaz, Petrocelli, Hodge, Finkle, Evans, Esposito, and all the other greats in Boston sports until you move away. We were bored as heck livng here as kids- but Lynnfield really is a very special place.


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