About the Relaunch

Dear friends,

We are pleased to announce the return of the Great Fenway Park Writers Series, sports’ most celebrated literary forum originally conceived by our good friend George Mitrovich. George loved baseball–not only as a fan but as a still fiercely competitive player into his ‘80s–and he loved great writing. In the Great Fenway Park Writers Series, with the support of his good friend Larry Lucchino of the Boston Red Sox, George found a way to couple his two abiding passions. Over the course of nearly two decades he provided a platform for scores of distinguished authors to discuss their works with audiences that shared his love of sports and literature.

We lost George last July, five days short of his 85th birthday. His hometown San Diego Union-Tribune, in the headline to his obituary, called him “the man who knew everyone,” and so it seemed. His larger-than-life presence cannot be replaced, but in honor of his legacy and with the encouragement of the Mitrovich family, we have undertaken the mission to revive the writers’ series.

The relaunch of the Great Fenway Park Writers Series will begin with a free ZOOM event on Thursday evening, June 25, at 7 p.m., fittingly enough with a New York Times best-selling book co-authored by a man widely regarded as the greatest player in baseball history, Willie Mays. The book is 24: Life Stories and Lessons From the Say Hey Kid, and we are thrilled that Mays’ co-author, award-winning journalist John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, will be joining us in a conversation with Red Sox historian Gordon Edes.

We wanted you to be among the first to be invited to the relaunch. Click here to find information about how to register for the event, make a voluntary donation to the charity we have elected to support–the Red Sox Foundation–and purchase the book.

We all wish, of course, that we would be gathering together at one of George’s favorite places on earth, Fenway Park. But we trust that even on a computer screen, you will feel at home among kindred spirits and like-minded lovers of baseball and books–welcomed with his usual flair by Dick Flavin, Red Sox poet laureate, great Mitrovich friend and one of the driving forces behind this revival.

So come join us! Happy reading!

The Great Fenway Park Writers Series Steering Committee

Paul Boghosian, President, HarborSide Films
Donna E. Cohen, Attorney and Principal, Donna Cohen Strategies
Gordon Edes, Boston Red Sox Historian
Dick Flavin, Boston Red Sox Poet Laureate