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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Boston Red Sox & The Great Fenway Park Writers Series Proudly Present:

The Red Sox and Major League Baseball`s Book on the 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park

Featuring: John King of CNN as Moderator, with Marty Nolan, former Boston Globe writer; Jerry Remy, Red Sox TV game analyst, and Dave Friedman, Red Sox Vice President & Special Counsel

6:00 PM Reception & Program
State Street Pavilion at Fenway Park (enter 20 Yawkey Way)
Season Ticket Holders & Friends of The Writers Series, $90; all others, $100
(price includes anniversary book)

Reservations will only be accepted by Red Sox Ambassadors: 617-226-6831

Event limited to first 150 people who register

John King – Biographical Brief

John King is CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor of John King, USA, a one-hour political program launched in March 2010. In this role, King aims to connect what happens in Washington D.C. with the lives of Americans across the country. He is committed to traveling outside the beltway and occasionally hosts the program from the road. King has anchored John King, USA from locations such as: the Gulf Coast during the oil spill crisis; Tucson, Ariz., after the shootings of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and other victims; and, from Tunica, Miss., during the recent historic flooding in the South.

King moderated the first CNN debate of the 2012 Republican presidential primary season in New Hampshire. In January 2012, King moderated the Southern Republican Debate with four presidential contenders in South Carolina. During the 2010 election cycle, King moderated gubernatorial debates in Massachusetts and Florida.

King previously anchored State of the Union with John King, the network’s four-hour Sunday news program, during which he interviewed a wide-range of newsmakers, including President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney. While anchoring State of the Union, King visited all 50 states in the first year of the Obama presidency to gather the voices of every day Americans.

King joined CNN in May 1997 and became chief national correspondent in April 2005. He served as CNN’s senior White House correspondent from 1999 to 2005.

As a member of the Peabody Award-winning “Best Political Team on Television,” King was a key part of the network’s innovative “America Votes 2008” coverage of the presidential campaign. This campaign marked the sixth presidential election that King has covered. He traveled the country and broke news about campaign developments, including that then-Senator Barack Obama had chosen Sen. Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate. He pioneered the use of the CNN “multi-touch” board, which allowed him to delve into election data and track delegates like never before for primary election nights. In advance of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, King reported and anchored a 90-minute documentary on Sen. John McCain as part of a series on the presidential candidates.

King also contributed to CNN’s Emmy-winning 2006 mid-term election coverage, as well as to coverage of the 2004 presidential race, the Iraq War, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the tax-cut debates of 2001and 2003 and the war on terrorism. In 2006, he reported an hour-long special on executive authority, “Power Play.” He has conducted one-on-one interviews with an array of senior officials, including President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

King traveled with Vice President Cheney to the Middle East in March 2002 as the administration began to build support for confronting Saddam Hussein. In December 2004, King traveled with Powell to Indonesia, Thailand and other South Asian countries, and then remained in the region to cover the disaster and aftermath of the tsunami that took more than 175,000 lives in the region. In 2005, King was among the CNN crew that covered the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita from the U.S. Gulf Coast. In June 2006, he accompanied President Bush on a secret trip to Baghdad during which the president met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the new cabinet.

During the Clinton administration, King conducted an exclusive joint interview with President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair in Birmingham, England, in May 1998, as well as the only one-on-one interview with the President during his historic trip to Vietnam in November 2000. King also was CNN’s lead reporter covering Vice President Al Gore in the closing weeks of the 2000 presidential campaign and during the post-election recount controversy, and he interviewed Gore on several occasions during the 2000 campaign cycle.

In addition to his domestic reporting, he has covered firsthand a number of major international events, including the first Persian Gulf War, the U.S. military operation to restore the Aristide government to Haiti and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa. He was among the first correspondents to report in 1991 from a liberated Kuwait and received the top reporting prize for his coverage of the 1991 Gulf War from the Associated Press Managing Editors’ Association.

Before joining CNN, King wrote for the Associated Press, which he joined in 1985. In 1991 he was named chief political correspondent and headed the AP’s political coverage of the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections. During his tenure there, King broke several major political stories, including Michael Dukakis’ selection of Lloyd Bentsen as his running mate in 1988 and Clinton’s selection of Al Gore in 1992. He broke the news of Gen. Colin Powell’s decision not to run for president and Sen. Bob Dole’s efforts to obtain Ross Perot’s endorsement in 1996.

King is a native of Boston and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, as well as an honorary doctorate, from the University of Rhode Island.

You can follow King on Twitter @JohnKingCNN and also become a fan of John King, USA on Facebook.

Marty Nolan – Biographical Brief

Martin F. Nolan was a reporter and editor for The Boston Globe from 1961 to 2001. On January 1, 1971, he began the year-end tradition of recalling the year`s notable obituaries, a feature widely copied by other newspapers and magazines.

In 1973, he was listed on President Richard Nixon`s "enemies list." Nolan was a White House correspondent at the time. On August 28, 1970, he coined "Joe SixPack" to define a typical American voter.

Born in Boston on March 28, 1940, he was the fifth of five children born to Neil and Martina Nolan. After attending St. Patrick`s Grammar School in Roxbury, and Boston College High School, he received a B.A. in history from Boston College. He later received fellowships at Duke, Harvard and Stanford Universities.

Nolan was a general-assignment reporter on the night shift, covering Boston police headquarters. He later covered Boston City Hall, the Massachusetts State House and New Hampshire politics. In 1963, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as an enlisted man on active duty until 1965. While off-duty, he also reported for the Globe on a free-lance basis, interviewing Richard Nixon, Robert Kennedy, Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller.

The Globe assigned him to Washington in 1965, where he worked until 1981, covering Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court and other government agencies. He was a member of the Globe investigative team awarded the 1966 Pulitzer Prize "for meritorious and disinterested public service." The paper reported inconsistencies in testimony from a nominee for a Federal judgeship supported by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. The nominee had served as an aide to the family patriarch , former Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy.

In covering politics, Nolan covered presidential campaigns from 1968 to 2004. From Harry Truman to Barack Obama, he interviewed 11 U.S. Presidents before, during or after their presidencies.

After he became the Globe`s Washington bureau chief in 1969, he won approval from his peers. On NBC, John Chancellor called Nolan "one of the very best political reporters in Washington, as savvy and careful as they come." "Nolan was a talented, insightful reporter, as good as they came," wrote Walter Mears of the Associated Press in his memoir, "Deadlines Past."

In Boys on the Bus, Timothy Crouse`s 1973 book on campaign journalism, the author described him this way: Nolan, a witty man in his middle 30s, had the unshaven, slack-jawed, nuts-to-you-too look of a bartender in a sailors` cafe. He grew up in Dorchester, then a poor section of Boston, and asked his first tough political question at the age of 12. "Sister, how do you know Dean Acheson`s a Communist?," he had challenged a reactionary nun in his parochial school, and the reprimand hadn`t daunted him from asking wiseacre questions ever since.

In 1973, Nolan was elected to Washington`s Gridiron Club, a 50-member group known for its annual white-tie dinner "roasting" politicians. In February 1974, the club voted to continue its policy of banning women reporters. Nolan resigned, calling the vote "an active policy of discrimination." Protests helped change the policy. In November, 1974, the Gridiron voted to admit women members for the first time since 1885.

In Washington, Nolan continued to follow his homestate politics. In 1975, Globe editor Tom Winship assigned him to help cover Boston`s mayoral election. Nolan also reported on the 1978 elections in Massachusetts.

In 1981, Globe publisher William Taylor named him editorial page editor. He continued to report on politics and won several awards. In 1985, he was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary. In 1991, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing.

The fate of the Boston Red Sox has been one of Nolan`s passions and preoccupations for decades. He has been a season ticket holder at Fenway Park since 1982.

In 1986, he helped the Globe recruit writers for a special edition for the World Series: Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Halberstam, Stephen King, John Updike and George Will.

The articles were collected in the 1991 book, The Red Sox Reader. Its first sentence is from Nolan`s essay on Fenway Park. "The ballpark is the star" was quoted in exhibitions of baseball art.

In 2003, in his book on Red Sox, The Teammates, David Halberstam quoted Nolan on life as a Red Sox fan: "The Red Sox killed my father, and they`re coming after me."

In the 1990s, Nolan returned to reporting and became the Globe`s West Coast correspondent, writing news stories and columns until 2001, when he retired.

He has contributed chapters to seven books and written in magazines: The Atlantic, California Journal, National Review, New Republic, New York, The New York Observer, Village Voice, Washingtonian and Washington Monthly. He writings have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, the Washington Post and the Washington Star.

Nolan has three children: David, Ellen and Peter; and two stepchildren, Sarah and Rose. His marriage to Margaret Carroll ended in divorce in 1974. In 1984, he married Elizabeth New Weld. They have six grandchildren and live in San Francisco.


Jerry Remy – Biographical Brief

"I love baseball and I will always love it. My favorite time begins when the umpire says "play ball" and ends with the final out." - Jerry Remy, Watching Baseball

Before Jerry Remy became the cult figure we all know as the Rem Dawg, he was known to Red Sox fans as a hard-nosed, gritty second baseman who loved playing the game of baseball on the stage he had fallen in love with the game as a youngster, Fenway Park.

"I remember the first time I walked up the ramp inside Fenway Park and stepped out into the grandstand. The first thing I saw was the wall, a huge green thing. And then there was the beautiful green grass and the colors of the players` uniforms. I was stunned. I guess I still am." - Jerry Remy, Watching Baseball

Born November 8th, 1952 in Fall River, MA, Gerald Peter Remy grew up in the heart of Red Sox Nation just outside of Boston in Weston, MA where a young Remy was introduced to the game of baseball by his father and grandfather.

"Baseball is a part of the fabric of our lives. It`s a love that is handed down from father to son, mother to daughter. " - Jerry Remy, Watching Baseball

It`s a good thing for the rest of Red Sox Nation that young Gerald took to baseball with a passion that is still evident in every NESN broadcast we hear.

Jerry Remy`s baseball career started as far away from Fenway Park as baseball in America can take you, California. After being drafted in the 19th round of the 1970 amateur draft by the Washington Senators only to not sign, Remy was again selected in the 8th round of the 1971 draft by the California Angels.

Remy`s minor league career was brief but successful. Before making the jump from double-A to the Major Leagues in 1975, Remy won a batting title for El Paso in the Texas League in 1974 hitting .338 before being called up to triple-A Salt Lake City. In forty-eight games in Salt Lake, Remy hit .292 where a gentleman, unbeknown to Remy as an Angels` bench coach told him, "If you come to spring training and play like you have been this year, you`ve got a good chance of making the team." And after spending the offseason in Mexico Remy did just that hitting .313 in the spring of 1975 not only making the team, but taking the starting second base job from veteran Denny Doyle.

Remy played for three seasons in California where in his third season at the ripe age of 24 years old he was named the team captain by Angels manager Norm Sherry. Remy would play 444 games in California hitting .258 with five of his seven career home runs, an on base percentage (.315) only four points higher than his slugging percentage (.319) and 110 stolen bases ranking him 9th on the Angels all time list.

Jerry Remy`s first major league hit came on 4/7/1975 against the Kansas City Royals. And if you`ve heard Remy tell the story during broadcasts over the years, you know how the story ends; so excited with his achievement, Remy was promptly picked off base. Remy`s time in California led to the distinction of being named #75 on the 100 Greatest Angels list compiled this year by Halo`s Heaven before be traded back home to the Red Sox for pitcher Don Aase and cash.

Ironically enough, Remy`s time in Boston started the same way it did in California; by replacing incumbent second baseman Denny Doyle.

"When I was traded to Boston, I was going to my home team, the club I grew up watching when I was a kid in Somerset, MA. The idea of playing at Fenway Park with guys I admired made it a nice trade for me." - Jerry Remy, Watching Baseball

In 1978, his first season in front of his home town fans, Remy had the best of his career batting .278, scoring 87 runs and stealing 30 bases. His performance earned him a spot on the 1978 American League All-Star team.

1978 also saw Remy`s final two career home runs. The last of his seven career home runs came on August 20th. 1978 in Oakland against the Athletics. With two strikes, both pitcher Matt Keough and Remy thought that Remy had swung and missed one of Keough`s patented spitballs. The umpire however called it a foul tip. An angry Keough threw the next pitch inside and Remy turned on it for a 3-run home run, the last of his career.

The `78 season would go down in Red Sox lore ending in the infamous "Bucky Dent" one game playoff against the Yankees on October 2nd. Remy would call it "one of the greatest games in the history of baseball." He would go on to say that it was a "perfect game, except we lost." Remy would go 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Both of Remy`s hits that day would come off of Yankee closer Rich "Goose" Gossage.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, just moments after the anguish of Bucky Dent`s three run home run to put the Yankees ahead 5-2, Remy lead off with a double and scored. The Red Sox would add another run to cut the Yankee lead to 1 run heading into the ninth. With Rick Burleson on first and one out in the ninth, Remy hit a line drive towards Lou Piniella in right field who had trouble finding the ball in the sun. Only a lucky stab by Piniella held Remy to a single instead of a game tying extra base hit or even, according to Peter Gammons, an improbable game winning walk off inside the park home run. The Red Sox would leave both runners on and lose a heart-breaker to the Yankes. Remy would reflect on that moment as "close as he would get to being in the World Series."

Coming off that dramatic loss in 1978 and an All-Star appearance, 1979 brought disappointment for Jerry Remy by way of a knee injury sustained sliding into home in a game against the New York Yankees. Remy would be limited to 80 games in `79 and his nagging knee injury would limit him to shortened seasons in both 1980 and `81 as well.

Even with Jerry Remy`s frustrating seasons, they weren`t without highlights. In 1981, in a 19 inning game against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park, Remy would pick up an American League and Boston team record six singles going 6-10. This record would be tied by Nomar Garciaparra in 2003 with Remy calling the game on NESN.

In 1982, Remy finished in the top ten in the American League in at bats, hits, and sacrifices. He would play well through pain through the 1984 season when his left knee caused him to retire. From the time of his injury on, Remy would have 10 separate knee operations to repair the damage in his knee.

Even with the limitations caused by his injury, Remy would hit .286 over 710 games in a red Sox uniform. He would end his Red Sox career with a higher on base percentage (.336) than sluggingpercentage (.334) with 98 stolen bases.

Remy`s career would amass him multiple honors, including induction to the Red Sox Hall of Fame and being ranked the 100th best second baseman of all time by Bill James.

After his playing career, Remy never strayed far from the game that he loved. He spent one year in 1986 as a bench coach for the Red Sox double-A affiliate New Britain Red Sox in CT.

In 1988 Remy would start down the path that we all recognize him in today when he joind the New England Sports Network doing color commentary alongside Ned Martin for Red Sox cable TV. Remy would go on to team up with Sean McDonough, and currently Don Orsillo to bring fans Red Sox games for the next 19 years. Just as Remy excelled on the field, Remy has excelled in the booth, culminating in the magical World Series winning season in 2004 where Remy was awarded Massachusetts favorite TV announcer by Sports Illustrated and Massachusetts Sportscaster of the Year as voted by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association as well as 4 Emmy Awards.

Jerry Remy has turned the local baseball market into the cult of the Rem Dawg. Whether it be his Hot Dog Stand on Yawkey Way or his website theremyreport.com, Remy is an integral part of the Red Sox experience.

"I may not have had the greatest stats. I may not have made the most money. But I can live with myself knowing that I had the opportunity to play on the big stage, and I did it as best as I possibly could every single day." - Jerry Remy, Watching Baseball


David Friedman – Biographical Brief

David Friedman is Senior Vice President/Special Counsel for the Red Sox and Senior Counsel for the club`s parent corporation, Fenway Sports Group. He handles a variety of legal matters, including regulatory compliance issues and oversight of litigation, and he assists with the club`s interactions with Major League Baseball and other Major League teams on a variety of legal-related issues. David also handles a range of legal and business matters for the Red Sox Foundation and for the club on special projects, including planning for Fenway Park`s 100th anniversary celebration in 2012, and he works on government affairs matters in conjunction with the club`s Fenway Affairs department.

David previously served as First Assistant Attorney General for Massachusetts, where he advised A.G. Martha Coakley and managed an office of 490 staff, supervising all aspects of civil and criminal law enforcement and representation of state agencies. Before that, from 2003 to 2006, he served as Counsel and Chief Policy Advisor to Massachusetts Senate President Robert E. Travaglini, where he worked on the state`s landmark health care legislation, economic development policy, and a broad range of other issues.

David also worked for several years in private practice at the law firm of Hill & Barlow, and he served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and federal appeals court Judge Michael Boudin. David is a graduate of Harvard College (`93), where he won the World Universities Debating Championship, and Harvard Law School (`96), where he was President of the Harvard Law Review. He lives in Newton with his wife, Jennie (an ophthalmologist), and their sons, Daniel and Robbie.

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