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 wishes to Tiny Archibald.  He was a prolific scorer for the Kings who re-invented himself here in the Hub...
09/02/2020

Happy Birthday wishes to Tiny Archibald. He was a prolific scorer for the Kings who re-invented himself here in the Hub, becoming a penetrator and passer par excellence on the early Bird Era teams that went to three straight Eastern Conference Finals and won it all in 1981. Tiny could dish. When it comes to passing the basketball, who is your all-time favorite in NBA history -- and why?

This was our go-to restaurant as a staff and we could always count on excellent service and amazing food. We'll miss hav...
08/31/2020

This was our go-to restaurant as a staff and we could always count on excellent service and amazing food. We'll miss having The Fours right across the street from us! Best wishes to all of the management and staff -- we will miss you!

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the permanent closure of The Fours Boston as of Monday, August 31st.

We extend our sincerest thanks to all of you, our loyal customers, who have supported us for so many years. You have made The Fours such a treasured place and we are forever grateful for the wonderful memories we have made together.

To the Boston community, it has been our honor to call the City of Champions our home. We have the best fans. Period. Thank you for making The Fours part of your traditions over the years.

To the TD Garden, Celtics, and Bruins staff, we especially thank you for your loyalty and support. You became more than customers to us over the years. You are our friends and family.

And finally, but most importantly, we thank our phenomenal staff. Everyone, from the front of the house to the back, has worked hard to make The Fours into what it became – the number one sports bar in America. We couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you. But beyond the achievements and success that we garnered, our greatest reward is the friendship we forged together. The Fours was more than a place of work for many of us. It became a second home. And we became each other’s family. Deborah Miller Palmore said it best:

“Even when you’ve played the game of your life, it’s the feeling of teamwork that you’ll remember. You’ll forget the plays, the shots, and the score, but you’ll never forget your teammates.”

In the coming weeks, we will be creating a photo gallery on our website that features a collection of some of our favorite Fours Boston memories over the years. Please check back soon. And if you have any photos that you’d like to include, please email them to [email protected] and we will do our best to feature them. In the meantime, you may continue to visit us at our Norwell and Quincy locations. Take care of yourselves and each other. We will miss you all.

Sincerely,
The Fours Boston Management

Hail to the Chief!!  Yesterday was Robert Parish's birthday.  We are betting that Chief celebrated in a quiet, understat...
08/31/2020

Hail to the Chief!! Yesterday was Robert Parish's birthday. We are betting that Chief celebrated in a quiet, understated, manner. That is the way he played basketball, too. Quiet. Understated. And hugely impactful. The 1981, 1984, and 1986 banners hanging in the rafters of the Garden are testimony to that. What is your favorite Robert Parish memory or moment?

On this day in 1967, Ken “Hawk” Harrelson signed with the Boston Red Sox.  In the late 1960s, the Hawk was mod and styli...
08/28/2020

On this day in 1967, Ken “Hawk” Harrelson signed with the Boston Red Sox. In the late 1960s, the Hawk was mod and stylish. And so was Derek Sanderson of the Boston Bruins. When it comes to style and making the scene, compare and contrast The Hawk and The Turk. Who rocked the house more from a stylistic standpoint?

Thank you to our wonderful photographer, Alan Sullivan for capturing these great moments!
08/26/2020

Thank you to our wonderful photographer, Alan Sullivan for capturing these great moments!

Happy Birthday, Tommy Heinsohn.  The remarkable Heinsohn has been associated with the Boston Celtics for more than 64 ye...
08/26/2020

Happy Birthday, Tommy Heinsohn. The remarkable Heinsohn has been associated with the Boston Celtics for more than 64 years as a player, coach, and broadcaster. What is your favorite Tommy Heinsohn moment or memory?

On this day in 1940, Ted Williams (in just his second year with the Red Sox) pitched the last two innings for the Olde T...
08/24/2020

On this day in 1940, Ted Williams (in just his second year with the Red Sox) pitched the last two innings for the Olde Towne Team in a 12-1 loss to the Tigers. The Kid didn’t fare too badly, allowing three hits and one run. Have you have ever been at a game where a non-pitcher took the mound to mop up? If so, how did he do -- and how did it all turn out?

Fifty three years ago yesterday, in one of the best moments in the magical 1967 season, Jerry Adair homered over the Gre...
08/21/2020

Fifty three years ago yesterday, in one of the best moments in the magical 1967 season, Jerry Adair homered over the Green Monster in the last of the 8th to cap an incredible comeback from an 8-0 deficit and give the Boston Red Sox a stirring 9-8 victory over the Angels. What is your single favorite comeback in Boston sports history – and why?

Twenty eight years ago yesterday, Larry Bird announced his retirement.  It seems like only yesterday that Bird was roami...
08/19/2020

Twenty eight years ago yesterday, Larry Bird announced his retirement. It seems like only yesterday that Bird was roaming the parquet. The memory -- and the legend -- endures. Bird was, after all, a multi-dimensional player with an all-around game and special skills. What was your single favorite aspect of Larry’s game – and why?

08/17/2020
On this day in 1916, presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt gave a fiery speech in front of only 2,500 at . . . Fenwa...
08/17/2020

On this day in 1916, presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt gave a fiery speech in front of only 2,500 at . . . Fenway Park, of all places. When it comes to other unusual events that have taken place through the years in our local sports temples (Fenway, the Garden, Gillette, etc.), what comes to mind? Have you personally attended any of these offbeat events?

Happy Birthday, Mike Vrabel.  When the versatile linebacker checked in as an extra tight end, you knew -- just knew -- t...
08/14/2020

Happy Birthday, Mike Vrabel. When the versatile linebacker checked in as an extra tight end, you knew -- just knew -- that he was likely going out for a short pass. Yet defenses for some reason never covered him – and Vrabel would invariably be wide open for a TD pass. Can you explain this strange phenomenon? Why didn't defenses cover Mike Vrabel on the goal line?

On this day 140 years ago, Christy Mathewson was born.  He went on to become one of America’s first sports heroes, a rea...
08/12/2020

On this day 140 years ago, Christy Mathewson was born. He went on to become one of America’s first sports heroes, a real Frank Merriwell type -- a college man with values, morals, etc. Like it or not, Charles Barkley, athletes are role models. Who do you regard as some of the best role models on the Boston sports scene through the years – and why?

In the 1975 World Series, he helped break our hearts.  And on this day in 1981, Pete Rose rung up his 3,631 career hit t...
08/10/2020

In the 1975 World Series, he helped break our hearts. And on this day in 1981, Pete Rose rung up his 3,631 career hit to pass Stan Musial as the all-time NL hit leader. Eventually, Rose would also pass Ty Cobb to become the all-time hit king. Do you think that Rose should be in Hall of Fame? Why or why not?

On this day in 1937, the great Seabiscuit raced at Suffolk Downs, not only winning the race but also smashing the track ...
08/07/2020

On this day in 1937, the great Seabiscuit raced at Suffolk Downs, not only winning the race but also smashing the track record. Horse racing is a niche sport -- but one that has produced its fair share of memorable moments. What is your favorite horse racing moment or memory -- and why?

Forty years ago today, Dick Williams of the Expos won his 1000th career game as a MLB manager.  Williams, of course, cut...
08/05/2020

Forty years ago today, Dick Williams of the Expos won his 1000th career game as a MLB manager. Williams, of course, cut his teeth as manager of the 1967 Boston Red Sox and is certainly one of the best in Boston history. Who is your favorite all-time Red Sox manager -- and why?

Happy Birthday, Tom Brady, 43 years young today.  What is your single favorite Tom Brady moment, memory, story, or anecd...
08/03/2020

Happy Birthday, Tom Brady, 43 years young today. What is your single favorite Tom Brady moment, memory, story, or anecdote?

On this day in 2004, Theo and the Boston Red Sox did what had one been unthinkable.  They traded Nomar Garciaparra.  It ...
07/31/2020

On this day in 2004, Theo and the Boston Red Sox did what had one been unthinkable. They traded Nomar Garciaparra. It was one of those moments where you remember exactly where you were when you heard the shocking news. What is the "I remember exactly where I was" moment in Boston sports history that sticks out most for you? Please share the moment and your personal memory.

Happy Birthday, Terry Duerod, the popular reserve guard on the early 1980s Boston Celtics who later served as a Detroit ...
07/29/2020

Happy Birthday, Terry Duerod, the popular reserve guard on the early 1980s Boston Celtics who later served as a Detroit firefighter for 27 years. He was a great garbage time player who could shoot from long-range and had no conscience about hoisting it up -- and also sort of a human victory cigar. Whenever the fans at the Garden started chanting "Doooo," the game was unofficially over. Who is your favorite, Duerod-like folk hero in Boston sports history -- and why?

On this day in 1991, John Hannah was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He was one of the first New England P...
07/27/2020

On this day in 1991, John Hannah was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was one of the first New England Patriots to get in -- and he certainly won't be the last. Ty Law and Randy Moss are already in. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are locks. Who else do you think deserves to get in from the recent Patriots dynastic run and why?

On this day in 1962, Gene Conley and Pumpsie Green jumped the Boston Red Sox team bus in the Bronx to go to a bar.  Conl...
07/26/2020

On this day in 1962, Gene Conley and Pumpsie Green jumped the Boston Red Sox team bus in the Bronx to go to a bar. Conley would later to catch a flight to Israel. It definitely comprises one of the funniest off-the-field episodes in Boston sports history. What is your own personal "funniest Boston sports story" of all-time? (Please keep it clean if at all possible.)

On this day in 1966, Ted Williams was inducted into Cooperstown and gave an impassioned speech urging the inclusion of N...
07/25/2020

On this day in 1966, Ted Williams was inducted into Cooperstown and gave an impassioned speech urging the inclusion of Negro Leagues stars in the Hall. (That was Ted -- and that started to happen shortly thereafter.) The Baseball HOF always sparks healthy debate. In your opinion (whether it involves someone getting it who didn't deserve it or someone being left out who belongs in), what is the biggest Cooperstown injustice?

Happy Opening Day.  It may be July 24 and we may be dealing with a shortened 60-game season -- but, hey, baseball is bac...
07/24/2020

Happy Opening Day. It may be July 24 and we may be dealing with a shortened 60-game season -- but, hey, baseball is back. And that makes for great news. What cheers you the most about the return of the Boston Red Sox and MLB -- and what are you most looking forward to?

Happy Birthday wishes to Shawn Thornton.  Hockey players are renowned for their toughness.  They didn't come any tougher...
07/23/2020

Happy Birthday wishes to Shawn Thornton. Hockey players are renowned for their toughness. They didn't come any tougher than Mr. Thornton -- although there are a lot of Boston Bruins (past and present) that have exuded toughness. Please share with us your favorite story of "Boston Bruins toughness."

Happy Birthday, Sparky Lyle.  He was one that got away in a disastrous straight up trade with NY for Danny Cater.  Spark...
07/22/2020

Happy Birthday, Sparky Lyle. He was one that got away in a disastrous straight up trade with NY for Danny Cater. Sparky was also one in a long line of Boston Red Sox firemen, from Ellis Kinder and Dick Radatz on down. The Sox have had a lot of great closers through the years. Who was your favorite of them all -- and why?

This July marks the 32nd anniversary of Morgan Magic, as the Boston Red Sox ripped off 12 in a row and 19 of 20 under in...
07/21/2020

This July marks the 32nd anniversary of Morgan Magic, as the Boston Red Sox ripped off 12 in a row and 19 of 20 under interim manager Joe Morgan (from Walpole, MA). Six, two, and even. What was your favorite moment or memory in that summer of the 1988 Red Sox and Morgan Magic?

Happy Birthday to Ray Allen, who turns 45 years old today.  Ray had a great NBA career that included a five-year run wit...
07/20/2020

Happy Birthday to Ray Allen, who turns 45 years old today. Ray had a great NBA career that included a five-year run with the Boston Celtics in The Big Three era. Hey, the man could shoot. When it comes to classic "pure shooters," who are some of your favorites in Celtics and NBA history that you have enjoyed watching through the years?

On this day in 1933, Rick Ferrell (catcher for the Boston Red Sox) and Wes Ferrell (pitcher for the Indians) set a MLB r...
07/19/2020

On this day in 1933, Rick Ferrell (catcher for the Boston Red Sox) and Wes Ferrell (pitcher for the Indians) set a MLB record, becoming the first set of brothers on opposite teams to hit homers in the same game. The two went on to play for the Sox at the same time from 1935-1937. Who is your single favorite set of "Siblings of Boston Sports" -- and why?

Happy Birthday, Deion Branch.  The receiver wasn't the biggest or the fastest -- but when the chips were down, he was on...
07/18/2020

Happy Birthday, Deion Branch. The receiver wasn't the biggest or the fastest -- but when the chips were down, he was one of the best. A tremendous big game performer and one of the greatest wide receivers in New England Patriots history along with the likes of Gino, Morgan, Fryar, Moss, Welker, Edelman, and others. On your own personal all-time Patriots team, who are the two guys that get the nod at the WR position -- and why?

On this day in 1941, Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak came to an end in Cleveland.  Joe D's hitting streak remains ...
07/17/2020

On this day in 1941, Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak came to an end in Cleveland. Joe D's hitting streak remains ballyhooed to this day. Other great sports records, however, have fallen through the cracks. When it comes to great sports records that are underrated or overlooked, what comes to mind?

Happy Birthdays wishes to Jay Miller, who went from Natick to UNH to the Boston Bruins.  Miller's stat line for his four...
07/16/2020

Happy Birthdays wishes to Jay Miller, who went from Natick to UNH to the Boston Bruins. Miller's stat line for his four seasons with the Black and Gold (1985-1989) included 216 games, 33 points, and 858 penalty minutes. Like so many other fourth liners, he knew his role -- and he left it all on the ice. Today, let us salute the fourth liners. Who are some of your favorites in Boston Bruins history -- and why?

Happy Birthday, Bill Dinwiddie (now known as Rashid K. Shabazz).  He was the player Red extracted from the Cincinnati Ro...
07/15/2020

Happy Birthday, Bill Dinwiddie (now known as Rashid K. Shabazz). He was the player Red extracted from the Cincinnati Royals when coach Bob Cousy decided to become player-coach during the 1969-70 season. The Cooz's stat line for the Royals: 7 games, 34 minutes, 5 points. The player-coach has gone the way of the fax machine, but it was always an interesting model. Who are some Boston athletes through the years (any sport) who would have excelled in the player-coach role?

On this day in 1946, Lou Boudreau and the Indians employed "The Boudreau Shift" against Ted Williams for the first time....
07/14/2020

On this day in 1946, Lou Boudreau and the Indians employed "The Boudreau Shift" against Ted Williams for the first time. Ted literally laughed and everyone else thought it was a joke, too. But it worked. Today, of course, shifts are commonplace -- and controversial. Some think they should be disallowed. Others focus more on pace of play. If you were baseball czar, what changes (if any) would you make to improve the game?

For safety and other reasons, The Sports Museum remains closed for visitation until further notice. We hope to resume mu...
07/13/2020

For safety and other reasons, The Sports Museum remains closed for visitation until further notice. We hope to resume museum visitation some time during Phase 4 of the Massachusetts reopening guidelines. Any updates will be posted on our website as well as our social media channels. We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have any questions, please email Maria at [email protected]

Happy Birthday to the pride of Peabody, Bobby Carpenter.  He played 18 seasons in the NHL with 5 teams (including the Bo...
07/13/2020

Happy Birthday to the pride of Peabody, Bobby Carpenter. He played 18 seasons in the NHL with 5 teams (including the Boston Bruins) amassing 320 goals. This all came after he famously landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a senior at St. John's Prep (with SI proclaiming him to be "The Can't Miss Kid"). An iconic SI cover, for sure -- just one of many through the years. What are some of your favorite all-time SI covers -- and why?

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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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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
Happy National Sibling Day/ Boston Sports Siblings #3 The Owen Sisters
Happy National Sibling Day/ Boston Sports Siblings #2 The Gold medal winning Clearys at Squaw Valley in 1960.
Happy National Sibling Day/ Boston Sports Siblings #1 The battery mate Ferrells. Catcher Rick is in The Hall of Fame and pitcher Rick should be.
Under nicknames, how about The BOSTON LOBSTERS, World Team Tennis Team back in the day, owned by Bob Kraft, nicknamed by BUD COLLINS... Later revived under Bahar Utatm's ownership for a short period..