In the bar car of a Connecticut-bound New Haven Railroad train following a Yankee-Red Sox confrontation, Jim Powers breaks into song: "Who's better than his brother Joe? Dominic DiMaggio...", thereby attracting the attention of like-minded Sox fan Henry Berry. The two become friends and fellow pillars of the BLOHARDs. Red Sox miraculously win the pennant.
The BLOHARDS (Benevolent Loyal Order of Honorable Ancient Redsox Diehard Sufferers) are a New York City based group which supports the Boston Red Sox baseball team. The organization was formed in 1964 following a chance meeting on a New Haven Rail Road bar car between Henry Berry and Jim Powers, both native New Englanders living in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Berry died in 1996 and Powers in 2005, but the organization carries on. At present its activities include twice-yearly lunches at Manhattan's Yale Club when the Red Sox come to town to play the Yankees, a bus trip to Fenway park for each season's home opener, and occasional "viewing parties" of away games at local watering holes.
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September 29, 2016 - 3:02 pm
I have written a novel, The Rovers: A Tale of Fenway
(publisher Melange Books) which is currently being sold at the Baseball Hall of Fame. (I also spoke there in 2014). The book is available on Amazon, B&N.com, etc. I learned about your club from a female member who attended an author talk I did in Fairfield, CT. If you'd like me to do a talk at an upcoming club event, contact me at (203) 384-1131, or visit my author site paulferranteauthor.com.
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