The Sports Museum

The Sports Museum Celebrating the Character (and Characters) of Boston Sports for more than 37 years. Come visit us at TD Garden! The Sports Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution housed in the TD Garden that has served Boston and New England for more than 37 years.
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At The Sports Museum, we celebrate the character of Boston sports -- the unique brand of teamwork, determination, responsibility, courage, fairness, and other qualities of character possessed by our teams and athletes that make Boston "The Greatest Sports City in America." Equally important, we use this distinctly rich heritage to help build character in kids so that they can stand strong in the face of drugs, violence, and other dangers. Our mission is to use sports to teach the values of leadership, respect, and cooperation to our youth. Over 20,000 students will participate this year in our educational programs that we deliver to that end, including Boston vs Bullies, Stand Strong, the Will McDonough Writing Contest and more. ALL bags are PROHIBITED.

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Happy Birthday, Peter McNab.  The burly center was a top scorer and a charter member of Don Cherry’s Lunch Pail Gang tea...
05/08/2021

Happy Birthday, Peter McNab. The burly center was a top scorer and a charter member of Don Cherry’s Lunch Pail Gang teams in the late 1970s. Who was your favorite member of those beloved Boston Bruins teams – and why?

Happy Birthday, Larry Andersen.  The Boston Red Sox acquired the reliever at the deadline in 1990 and he actually pitche...
05/06/2021

Happy Birthday, Larry Andersen. The Boston Red Sox acquired the reliever at the deadline in 1990 and he actually pitched well (15 games, 1.23 ERA) to help Boston capture the AL East crown. But no one remembers that. We just remember who Lou Gorman gave up to get him – Jeff Bagwell. 31 years later, the Andersen-for-Bagwell deal is, in fact, defensible. Do you agree or disagree – and why?

Last night we held our 2021 Will McDonough Writing Contest Ceremony virtually with all of our winners & their families p...
05/06/2021

Last night we held our 2021 Will McDonough Writing Contest Ceremony virtually with all of our winners & their families plus our amazing VIPs. It was a great night and although we couldn't be together in person this year, we were thrilled to celebrate our winners!

Huge thank you to Sean McDonough, Erin McDonough, Jackie MacMullan, Christian Megliola, Chad Finn, Matt Pepin, and The Boston Globe for helping to make this year's contest a great success.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/05/05/sports/sports-museum-honors-winners-2021-will-mcdonough-writing-contest/

Last night we held our 2021 Will McDonough Writing Contest Ceremony virtually with all of our winners & their families plus our amazing VIPs. It was a great night and although we couldn't be together in person this year, we were thrilled to celebrate our winners!

Huge thank you to Sean McDonough, Erin McDonough, Jackie MacMullan, Christian Megliola, Chad Finn, Matt Pepin, and The Boston Globe for helping to make this year's contest a great success.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/05/05/sports/sports-museum-honors-winners-2021-will-mcdonough-writing-contest/

The Kentucky Derby took place on Saturday.  A previous Run for the Roses took place on this day in 1968, when the magnif...
05/04/2021

The Kentucky Derby took place on Saturday. A previous Run for the Roses took place on this day in 1968, when the magnificent Dancer’s Image (owned by the legendary Boston sportsman Peter Fuller) won the Derby only to be later stripped of the crown in a controversial and unjust ruling. When it comes to the “Sport of Kings,” do you have a favorite horse, moment, or memory?

On this day in 1981, the Boston Celtics battled back from a 17-point deficit to edge Philadelphia, 100-98, to win Game 6...
05/01/2021

On this day in 1981, the Boston Celtics battled back from a 17-point deficit to edge Philadelphia, 100-98, to win Game 6 and extend their epic playoff series to a Game 7 back in the Garden (which Boston would win in equally dramatic fashion). On that night in the Spectrum, Cedric Maxwell helped spark the comeback and Kevin McHale’s sealed the win with a late block of an Andrew Toney layup. Your favorite moment or memory from that classic Celtics-Sixers rivalry of the early 1980s?

On December 16, 2020, we produced and aired The Tradition telecast on NESN honoring the 2001 New England Patriots, 2004 ...
04/30/2021

On December 16, 2020, we produced and aired The Tradition telecast on NESN honoring the 2001 New England Patriots, 2004 Boston Red Sox, 2008 Boston Celtics, and 2011 Boston Bruins. Tom Caron & Jackie MacMullan did a fantastic job interviewing several guys from each team.

We are so excited to announce that The 2020 Tradition telecast is nominated for a New England Emmy in the “Sports Interview/Discussion" category! Thank you so much to NESN for helping produce the show.

The winner will be announced at the 44th Boston/New England Emmy Awards Ceremony, to take place as a virtual event on Saturday, June 26.

On December 16, 2020, we produced and aired The Tradition telecast on NESN honoring the 2001 New England Patriots, 2004 Boston Red Sox, 2008 Boston Celtics, and 2011 Boston Bruins. Tom Caron & Jackie MacMullan did a fantastic job interviewing several guys from each team.

We are so excited to announce that The 2020 Tradition telecast is nominated for a New England Emmy in the “Sports Interview/Discussion" category! Thank you so much to NESN for helping produce the show.

The winner will be announced at the 44th Boston/New England Emmy Awards Ceremony, to take place as a virtual event on Saturday, June 26.

04/30/2021

On December 16, 2020, we produced and aired The Tradition telecast on NESN honoring the 2001 New England Patriots, 2004 Boston Red Sox, 2008 Boston Celtics, and 2011 Boston Bruins. Tom Caron & Jackie MacMullan did a fantastic job interviewing several guys from each team.

We are so excited to announce that The 2020 Tradition telecast is nominated for a New England Emmy in the “Sports Interview/Discussion" category! Thank you so much to NESN for helping produce the show.

The winner will be announced at the 44th Boston/New England Emmy Awards Ceremony, to take place as a virtual event on Saturday, June 26.

On this day in 2007, the New England Patriots acquired Randy Moss from Oakland for a 4th round pick.  The 2021 NFL Draft...
04/29/2021

On this day in 2007, the New England Patriots acquired Randy Moss from Oakland for a 4th round pick. The 2021 NFL Draft starts tonight. What do you think the Patriots will do?

On this day in 2002, Derek Lowe pitched a no-no vs. Tampa Bay.  It’s always great to be in attendance when a baseball ra...
04/27/2021

On this day in 2002, Derek Lowe pitched a no-no vs. Tampa Bay. It’s always great to be in attendance when a baseball rarity – a no-hitter, a triple play, someone hitting for the cycle, etc. – takes place. Have you ever been in the stands at Fenway Park (or any other MLB park, for that matter) to witness a baseball rarity?

On this day in 1983, Brad Park scored in OT to give the Boston Bruins a pulsating Game 7 victory over Buffalo in their D...
04/24/2021

On this day in 1983, Brad Park scored in OT to give the Boston Bruins a pulsating Game 7 victory over Buffalo in their Division Final series. Park is sometimes forgotten – his career was sandwiched between Bobby and Ray – but he was a great one, too. Your favorite Brad Park moment or memory?

On this day in 1939, a Stanley Cup victory dinner was held on the Boston Garden ice surface with more than 1,400 fans in...
04/22/2021

On this day in 1939, a Stanley Cup victory dinner was held on the Boston Garden ice surface with more than 1,400 fans in attendance. Back then (and for many decades thereafter), athletes were far more approachable. Do you have any stories of famous Boston athletes mingling with fans in everyday life?

On this day in 1912, the first-ever regular season game took place at Fenway, with the Boston Red Sox topping the New Yo...
04/20/2021

On this day in 1912, the first-ever regular season game took place at Fenway, with the Boston Red Sox topping the New York Highlanders, 7-6, in 11 innings. Since then, thousands of games have been played at Fenway. What is the single best game that you have attended at Fenway Park?

On this day in 1964, Tony Conigliaro (just 19 years old) made his home debut with the Boston Red Sox.  Tony C started in...
04/17/2021

On this day in 1964, Tony Conigliaro (just 19 years old) made his home debut with the Boston Red Sox. Tony C started in center field, hit seventh in the order, and socked a home run on the first pitch that he ever saw at Fenway. The Red Sox in the mid-1960s weren’t very good and Fenway had a totally different atmosphere than it would have starting in 1967. What are your own memories of those mid-1960s Red Sox?

#BostonStrong
04/15/2021

#BostonStrong

Today we honor #OneBostonDay, celebrating the resilience, perseverance, and strength of this city.

On this day in 1985 at Caesar’s Place in Las Vegas, Marvelous Marvin Hagler (who sadly passed away several weeks ago) an...
04/15/2021

On this day in 1985 at Caesar’s Place in Las Vegas, Marvelous Marvin Hagler (who sadly passed away several weeks ago) and Thomas Hearns fought one of the most exciting bouts in the history of boxing. It only lasted eight minutes. But what a eight minutes!! Your favorite memories of that bout and the late, great Marvin Hagler?

Looking for something to do during April break? Visit The Sports Museum virtually! Swipe to see how or learn more at www...
04/13/2021

Looking for something to do during April break? Visit The Sports Museum virtually!

Swipe to see how or learn more at www.sportsmuseum.org.

Thirty five years ago today, the Boston Celtics closed out the 1985-86 regular season with a 135-107 rout over the Nets ...
04/13/2021

Thirty five years ago today, the Boston Celtics closed out the 1985-86 regular season with a 135-107 rout over the Nets at the Garden. Boston set an NBA record by ringing up a 40-1 record at home. Incredible. Many proclaim the 1986 Celtics as the greatest team in franchise history. Others go a step further and say that they were the best team in NBA history. Where do you stand on the matter?

Read about longtime Boston vs. Bullies supporter Dot D'Amato over at Sacred Heart STEM School's Faculty Friday highlight...
04/12/2021

Read about longtime Boston vs. Bullies supporter Dot D'Amato over at Sacred Heart STEM School's Faculty Friday highlight!

Congrats Mrs. D'Amato and thank you for all that you do 👏

Today’s Faculty Friday is a highlight of one of our longtime employees, Dot D’Amato.

"This year is my 17th year at Sacred Heart School, but 3 years in my role as Religious Coordinator. As the Religious Coordinator for Sacred Heart School, I serve as the liaison between church and school. In this role, I am able to incorporate the Catholic vision into the everyday teaching. Being a graduate of Sacred Heart School myself, it is a truly remarkable experience to be able to see and be a part of the development and growth of the school. In recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic has left us all in trying times. My role as the Religious Coordinator has given me the tools to lead students to the light at the end of the tunnel through prayer and our belief in God.

When she’s not teaching, you can find her at the beach relaxing with friends and family. Thank you for everything you do for us!

On this day in 1963, Sam Jones poured in 47 points to lead the Boston Celtics past Oscar Robertson and the Cincinnati Ro...
04/10/2021

On this day in 1963, Sam Jones poured in 47 points to lead the Boston Celtics past Oscar Robertson and the Cincinnati Royals, 142-131, in Game 7 of the Eastern Division Finals at the old Boston Garden. It was a tour de force for Sam (who had a career filled with such clutch moments and performances). When it comes to great clutch players in NBA history, who comes to mind?

We are thrilled to have Connection I.T. Solutions back this year as our Celebrity Golf Classic Presenting Sponsor! We tr...
04/08/2021

We are thrilled to have Connection I.T. Solutions back this year as our Celebrity Golf Classic Presenting Sponsor! We truly appreciate the support.

Can't wait to hit the links on Monday, August 9th at Renaissance Golf Club!

We are thrilled to have Connection I.T. Solutions back this year as our Celebrity Golf Classic Presenting Sponsor! We truly appreciate the support.

Can't wait to hit the links on Monday, August 9th at Renaissance Golf Club!

Happy Birthday, Fred Smerlas.  The Pride of Waltham and BC went on to have a banner NFL career primarily with Buffalo (a...
04/08/2021

Happy Birthday, Fred Smerlas. The Pride of Waltham and BC went on to have a banner NFL career primarily with Buffalo (and also with SF and a final two years with the New England Patriots). All told, Smerlas made five Pro Bowls. And then he became a member of the Boston sports media. Along with Glenn Ordway and a full cast of characters, Fred was a staple on The Big Show that dominated afternoon drive for a long time around here. Your favorite part of WEEI’s gone but not forgotten Big Show?

Happy Birthday to the Pride of Framingham, Lou Merloni.  He lived out the dream of growing up and playing for his hometo...
04/06/2021

Happy Birthday to the Pride of Framingham, Lou Merloni. He lived out the dream of growing up and playing for his hometown team in the big leagues. Along the way, Merloni also forged a notable friendship with Nomar Garciaparra. What are some other famous “Boston sports friendships”?

Happy Birthday to “one that got away,” Bernie Parent.  He broke in to the NHL with the Boston Bruins in 1965, playing 57...
04/03/2021

Happy Birthday to “one that got away,” Bernie Parent. He broke in to the NHL with the Boston Bruins in 1965, playing 57 games over two seasons before being plucked by Philly in the 1967 expansion draft. Seven years later, he would break hearts in Boston by stoning the Bruins in the 1974 Cup Finals. When it comes to other athletes whose careers began in Boston but didn’t really take off until after they left the Hub, who comes to mind?

It’s Opening Day!!  The first game of the year at Fenway Park brings hope, optimism, and a welcome whiff of spring.  Plu...
04/01/2021

It’s Opening Day!! The first game of the year at Fenway Park brings hope, optimism, and a welcome whiff of spring. Plus pomp. And circumstance. What is your single favorite aspect of Opening Day – and why?

We are thrilled to be hosting our 36th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday, August 9, 2021 at The Renaissance Golf C...
03/31/2021

We are thrilled to be hosting our 36th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday, August 9, 2021 at The Renaissance Golf Club!

We will be hosting a double shotgun (morning and afternoon round) with great gifts, on-course raffles & prizes, top-shelf food & beverage, and more. It's going to be an awesome day to hit the links with friends and coworkers!

If you are interested in reserving a foursome in this premier tournament, please email The Sports Museum's Development Manager, Maria Kangas, at [email protected] or visit https://sportsmuseum.org/event/celebrity-golf-classic/

We are thrilled to be hosting our 36th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday, August 9, 2021 at The Renaissance Golf Club!

We will be hosting a double shotgun (morning and afternoon round) with great gifts, on-course raffles & prizes, top-shelf food & beverage, and more. It's going to be an awesome day to hit the links with friends and coworkers!

If you are interested in reserving a foursome in this premier tournament, please email The Sports Museum's Development Manager, Maria Kangas, at [email protected] or visit https://sportsmuseum.org/event/celebrity-golf-classic/

On this day in 1993, the New England Patriots unveiled their new logo and uniforms (with Andre Tippett and Pat Harlow se...
03/31/2021

On this day in 1993, the New England Patriots unveiled their new logo and uniforms (with Andre Tippett and Pat Harlow serving as the runway models). The Patriots have had several logos through the years, including Pat Patriot as well as well the own in the photo that was contemplated but never used in 1978. When it comes to logos of professional or even college teams (from Boston and elsewhere), what is your single favorite logo – and why?

On this day in 1929, the Boston Bruins won their very first Stanley Cup.  Sport’s most famous trophy wasn’t quite as big...
03/29/2021

On this day in 1929, the Boston Bruins won their very first Stanley Cup. Sport’s most famous trophy wasn’t quite as big it is today. Another difference? Members of the winning team didn’t get their “Day with the Cup” as they do today. If you were a member of a team that won the Stanley Cup, how would you spend your very own “Day with the Cup”?

Speaking of Boston Globe reporters - here's some advice Lesley Visser received from her mom.🎤 Featured in our Teammates:...
03/27/2021

Speaking of Boston Globe reporters - here's some advice Lesley Visser received from her mom.

🎤 Featured in our Teammates: Voices from Title IX exhibit brought to you by Iron Mountain

Speaking of Boston Globe reporters - here's some advice Lesley Visser received from her mom.

🎤 Featured in our Teammates: Voices from Title IX exhibit brought to you by Iron Mountain

On this day in 1962, the Boston Celtics drafted John Havlicek from Ohio State.  After a brief flirtation with the Clevel...
03/26/2021

On this day in 1962, the Boston Celtics drafted John Havlicek from Ohio State. After a brief flirtation with the Cleveland Browns, Havlicek joined the Green . . . and the rest is history. Hondo playing football is an intriguing thought, though. Time to get creative on a Friday. Who are some other Boston athletes through years who you would have liked to see, from an interest and a fascination standpoint, play a different sport other than their chosen one – and why?

On this day in 1969, the New England Patriots shipped Nick Buoniconti to the Dolphins for two guys named John Bramlett a...
03/24/2021

On this day in 1969, the New England Patriots shipped Nick Buoniconti to the Dolphins for two guys named John Bramlett and Kim Hammond as well as a mid-round draft pick. Yeech. Not a good trade. In fact, it may well have been the worst trade in franchise history. But let’s stay positive. What, in your opinion, was the single best trade in Patriots history – and why?

On this day in 1971, the Boston Patriots were formally renamed the New England Patriots.  Owner Billy Sullivan decided t...
03/22/2021

On this day in 1971, the Boston Patriots were formally renamed the New England Patriots. Owner Billy Sullivan decided to change the name given that the team was relocating to Foxboro. His original choice, the Bay State Patriots, was rejected by the NFL so Sullivan settled for New England. If you had your druthers, what would the name of the team be today – the Boston Patriots, the New England Patriots, or the Bay State Patriots – and why? State your case.

Happy Birthday, Bobby Orr.  We all know what #4 could do (and did) on the ice.  But, in celebration of his birthday, wha...
03/20/2021

Happy Birthday, Bobby Orr. We all know what #4 could do (and did) on the ice. But, in celebration of his birthday, what are your favorite off-the-qualities that you admire about the one and only (and forever young) Bobby Orr?

Listen to our Executive Director Rusty Sullivan talk with Jordan Rich on WBZ 1030 THIS SUNDAY at 6:55AM! You can listen ...
03/19/2021
Support Us | The Sports Museum

Listen to our Executive Director Rusty Sullivan talk with Jordan Rich on WBZ 1030 THIS SUNDAY at 6:55AM! You can listen live at www.wbz1030.com.

Rusty will talk with Jordan about The Sports Museum's award-winning bullying prevention program, Boston vs. Bullies. To make a donation to The Sports Museum, you can visit www.sportsmuseum.org/support-us

By donating to The Sports Museum Annual Fund, you are providing a crucial source of income that helps support both the museum and its educational programs.

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The Sports Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution housed in the TD Garden that has served Boston and New England for more than 40 years. At The Sports Museum, we celebrate the character of Boston sports -- the unique brand of teamwork, determination, responsibility, courage, fairness, and other qualities of character possessed by our teams and athletes that make Boston "The Greatest Sports City in America." Equally important, we use this distinctly rich heritage to help build character in kids so that they can stand strong in the face of drugs, violence, and other dangers. Our mission is to use sports to teach the values of leadership, respect, and cooperation to our youth. Over 20,000 students will participate this year in our educational programs that we deliver to that end, including Boston vs Bullies, Stand Strong, the Will McDonough Writing Contest and more. ALL bags are PROHIBITED.


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A CURATOR'S CHRISTMAS #3 A rugged all surface basketball. Naturally, it had to be a Bob Cousy Super K model that Johnny Most would have described as tickling the twine before the last egg nog was poured in our den as my brother and I dashed outside, cleared the snow from our driveway and soon had to pump air into the chilled "rock" every 1/2 hr or so to continue playing HORSE and one on one.
A CURATOR'S CHRISTMAS #2 
Skates. In the pre climate change days of the sixties and early seventies outdoor ice beckoned for day long pick up hockey sessions on Elm Pond in Worcester where snowy Bean boots and metal thermoses filled with hot chocolate served as goalposts. The fact the public park had lights was an added plus. Shin guards were a big plus as were extra pucks to replace the ones we'd later spy submerged months later. Happy Holidays to one and all. Stay Safe.
A CURATOR'S CHRISTMAS #1 (A gallery of some of my favorite holiday gifts) As a kid growing up in Worcester nothing was better than Santa's delivery of a football, preferably an official Wilson "Duke" NFL ball that was, no doubt, purchased at Spags, It was immediately pressed into service for snowy backyard re-enactments of NFL films schtick complete with a hummed chorus of the "What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor" thrown in for good measure. Go long on four. Hut.
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100 YEARS AGO TODAY Boston Braves pitcher Joe Oeschger and Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Leon Cadore each pitched 26 innings in a 1-1 tie at Braves Field in what has to be one of the most weird and amazing games in major league history. Darkness halted the game and both pitchers slept for a least a full day following their marathon feat. What was going through their manager's minds as they kept trotting out for inning after inning? No pitch count but I'm guessing both men had to have thrown at least 400 pitches apiece as they pitched nearly three complete games in one mind bending outing.
Happy National Sibling Day/ Boston Sports Siblings # 10 The Hasselbeck Boys. (L-R Tim, father Don, and brother Matt) The pride of Xaverian Brothers High in Westwood and Boston College.
Happy National Sibling Day/ Boston Sports Siblings #9 The DiMaggios, Dom and Vince played in Boston on the Red Sox and Braves respectively. They're shown here posed at Candlestick Park for a reunion celebrating the San Francisco Seals, the AAA team for which they all played. The Seals were also once a farm team of the Red Sox.
Happy National Sibling Day/ Boston Sports Siblings #8 The pride of Thayer Academy, Kelly and Tony Amonte....our gift to Chicagoland sports. Northwestern University lacrosse coach Kelly is considered one of, if not, the best women's lacrosse player in US history and Tony starred with Jeremy Roenick at Thayer before heading to BU and then embarking on a 16 season NHL career. Tony is currently the boys hockey coach at Thayer.
Happy National Sibling Day/ Boston Sports Siblings # 7 The Fuscos (L-R, Harvard Hobey Baker Trophy winners, Lane MacDonald, Jimmy Vesey, Scott Fusco and Mark Fusco
Happy National Sibling Day/ Boston Sports Siblings # 6 Ramon and Pedro Martinez
Happy National Sibling Day/ Boston Sports Siblings #5 The Flutie Boys
Happy National Sibling Day/ Boston Sports Siblings # 4 The Conigliaros