Co-author of best-seller - Francona: The Red Sox Years - featured in museum's Distinguished Speakers Series
STURBRIDGE, Mass. (April 1, 2013): Award-winning Boston Globe sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy, co-author of the new book, Francona: The Red Sox Years, will speak at Old Sturbridge Village on Thursday, April 25, as part of the Village's continuing OSV Overseers' Distinguished Speaker Series. Shaughnessy will meet the public at 6:00 p.m. and will give a presentation at 7:00 p.m. The book he co-wrote with former Boston Red Sox manager Terry "Tito" Francona has been on the New York Times best-seller list for eight weeks.
The evening with Dan Shaughnessy includes baseball-themed snacks, and a cash bar is available. Tickets purchased in advance are $20 / $18 for OSV Members; tickets at the door on April 25 are $25 / $23 for OSV Members. All proceeds benefit the living history museum. Copies of the book may be pre-purchased from the Old Sturbridge Village bookstore to be signed for $28 / $25.20 for OSV Members. The event is sponsored by SpencerBank; for details and to register: www.osv.org; 508-347-0210.
The book covers Francona's successful and tumultuous years as manager of Red Sox, from the team's 2004 World Series victory, the first in 86 years, to their second world championship in 2007 and the team's infamous collapse in September 2011, which marked Francona's last year with the team. The book gives readers a look behind-the-scenes and includes Francona's anecdotes about famous Red Sox personalities -- Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez, Nomar Garciaparra, Johnny Damon, Curt Schilling, and general manager Theo Epstein.
Shaughnessy has written many books about the Red Sox, including The Legend of the Curse of the Bambino, which chronicled the team's troubles after trading the legendary Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. Among his other titles are Reversing the Curse and At Fenway: Dispatches from Red Sox Nation. After graduating from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Shaughnessy began sports writing career at the Baltimore Sun covering the Baltimore Orioles, and moved to the Boston Globe in 1981.
"It's especially fitting to welcome Dan Shaughnessy to the Village during the first month of yet another hopeful Red Sox season," said Joan McGrath, an OSV overseer who organized the event. "We can't wait to hear his anecdotes about familiar players and his predictions for the upcoming season."
Old Sturbridge Village celebrates life in early New England from 1790 – 1840. Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., OSV is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. The Village is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is: $24 for adults; $20 for seniors; $8 for children ages 3-17; children under 2 and under are admitted free. Each admission includes free parking and a free second-day visit within 10 days. Woo Card subscribers get 25% of adult daytime admission; college Woo cardholders receive 50% off adult daytime admission. For details, visit ww.osv.org or call 800-SEE-1830.
# # #
Old Sturbridge Village